Bruce County warden would like to get back to meeting in-person

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BRUCE COUNTY – Warden Janice Jackson, mayor of South Bruce Peninsula, told the county’s executive committee on March 4 that she’d like to resume meeting in the council chambers in April.

County Coun. Anne Eadie, mayor of Kincardine, preferred a more cautious approach, because of the presence of more contagious variants.

County Coun. Steve Hammell, mayor of Arran-Elderslie, asked about options for running hybrid meetings, explaining, “A child comes home with a runny nose …”

Staff will come back with a report on various meeting possibilities.

County Coun. Milt McIver, mayor of Northern Bruce Peninsula, said wryly that one thing he hadn’t missed during COVID was the trip to Walkerton.

“I like the hybrid option,” he said.

County Coun. Luke Charbonneau, mayor of Saugeen Shores, suggested a real hybrid option – meeting in Walkerton once a month and remotely for the other meeting.

He added that there’s “value in meeting in person, but we have to be careful of the message we’re sending.”

Eadie said in winter, hybrid meetings will always be an option.

“I can’t believe the risks we took (driving to Walkerton in bad weather)!” she stated.

Jackson wasn’t the only person eager to get back to in-person meetings. County Coun. Chris Peabody, mayor of Brockton, said he, too, would like to get back to the council chambers. He did have one concern – air quality – and asked if it had been tested.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times