County of Wetaskiwin council decided at their regular meeting Nov. 6 to stagger their meetings a bit in the New Year.
The issue of meeting schedules was brought to council by CAO Rod Hawken.
“As per Procedural Bylaw 2018/04, unless otherwise determined through resolution Council will hold four monthly meetings established yearly at the Organizational meeting,” stated Hawken in his memo to council.
“Meetings have been grouped to include 2 Council General meetings, 1 Public Works Council meeting and 1 Planning and Economic Development Council meeting.
“Generally speaking, issues related to Public Works are only on the Public Works agenda and similarly with Planning and Development issues.
“In rare circumstances, due to the timing of meetings, issues can be presented at any meeting regardless of the topic of the issue. All meetings, regardless of the type, are open to the public.” Councilors were holding regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with the Planning meeting on the second Tuesday and Public Works on the second Thursday.
Councilor Lyle Seely stated he liked having meetings on Tuesday because it’s earlier in the week and easier to fit into a schedule.
Councilors discussed a three meeting format, where council, planning and public works ran consecutively one per week, with the last week of the month with no meeting at all.
Councilor Kathy Rooyakkers stated she wouldn’t like to see two weeks pass without a meeting because if something important comes up in that time, there either has to be a special meeting called, or it waits until the meeting day finally comes up.
Councilor Josh Bishop suggested the second regular council meeting be held the fourth week of the month.
Councilors agreed to have a regular council meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, a planning meeting on the second Thursday of the month, and a combined Public Works/regular council meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Public Works will be held first beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the regular council meeting.