September 14, 2018
By M. Haddad
By all accounts, the new Council is settling into their own pace, and putting their own stamp on how business will be done in future in the municipality. The second meeting for this Council at the lake covered a short agenda in front of a much smaller gallery of spectators than last month. However, attendance far exceeded that of meetings held in Winnipeg, and an increase in meetings held at the lake will provide an opportunity for those interested to attend one of two meetings each month for the rest of 2018.
The focus of the Business Arising portion was on setting new guidelines and parameters for Council meetings. Reinforcing the determination for transparency, the “in camera” portion will no longer be held during the meeting, but at the beginning, so that the resulting decisions will be included as an agenda item. Procedural by-law #1573 received 2nd and 3rd reading to allow for a change of venue to Victoria Beach of one meeting each month, and moving the start time in the city to 6:30 p.m. for the ones in Winnipeg. Negotiations are underway to have the local meetings recorded and posted.
The remaining housekeeping items included adding surveillance equipment for municipal property, consideration for ways to control speeding throughout the RM, and plans for next year’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. Question Period has been restricted to items which pertained to what was discussed on the Agenda, which made for a much shorter meeting. Respectfully, Reeve McMorris explained the new process for questions is to have them submitted in writing(or email) no less than 3 days prior to the meeting, to allow time to have appropriate responses by meeting time.