Midland council wants you to rule how they rule

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If you can’t be the change you want to see, at least there’s an opportunity to have others change it for you.

The town of Midland is holding a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the rules for how council and its committees govern within the municipality.

Council brought up the public notice during a recent regular meeting, with Coun. Bill Gordon spurring the community to consider contributing in the governing process.

“I encourage members of the public who like to engage with the municipality to read this carefully,” said Gordon, “because there are some sections in it that could impact the way you engage with us.

"I encourage you to take the time between now and the public meeting to review this carefully and see if it serves democracy, as you see it in our little municipality.”

Included in the key purposes of the new bylaw are: Formal adoption of protocols and procedures for electronic and virtual meetings; streamlining efficiency of council and committee meetings; streamlining public input process and procedure; and increasing accountability, transparency, decorum, and respect for everyone in public processes and meetings.

Mayor Stewart Strathearn also encourages the public to read the proposal.

“It is a seminal document,” said Strathearn, “and it’s a bit of a turgid read, it’s dry, but there are some very good points in there.”

Gordon added, “There’s also some new additions and changes in it that caught me unaware; some I suspected what would find their way in there, and they’ll be subject to debate and modification at some point.”

In order to participate in the virtual public meeting on December 8, the town asks for pre-registration with the clerk’s department through email at clerks@midland.ca where a Zoom link will be provided.

A person wishing to provide written comments for inclusion on the agenda must have their item received by the clerk prior to noon on Tuesday, November 30.

The proposed draft procedure bylaw is available on the town of Midland website.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca

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