North Huron council, committee, and board meetings going back to in-person in April

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NORTH HURON – In-person meetings are coming back to North Huron, as long as the community remains in ‘green – prevent,’ ‘yellow – protect,’ or ‘orange – restrict’ zones of the province’s COVID-19 framework.

The motion was passed at the March 15 council meeting and complied with an amendment made on Dec. 7 to the procedure bylaw.

The bylaw gives council the flexibility to “adjust the format…due to the changing COVID–19 situation.”

“By resolution, council can authorize any regular meeting or special meeting of council, or any meeting of a local board or committee (except for Police Services Board) to be held by electronic means,” a report prepared by staff said.

The amendment also recognizes council’s preference for all meetings to be held in-person when it is safe to do so.

North Huron’s senior management team met on March 3 to discuss the implications of the area moving back to the ‘yellow – protect’ zone and determined that they could return to in-person meetings with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Staff recommended that all North Huron committee and board meetings also return to in-person to ensure consistency and eliminate confusion for members of the public.

To adequately accommodate for in-person meetings as of April 1, staff have also arranged for meeting locations for the Wingham BIA Board and the Blyth BIA Board.

The Wingham BIA Board meetings will be held in the Wingham Knights of Columbus Centre, and the Blyth BIA Board meetings will be held in the Blyth Community Centre. All other council and committee meetings will be held in the Town Hall Theatre in Wingham.

If Huron-Perth returns to the ‘red – control’ or ‘grey – lockdown’ zones, the meetings will return to electronic means as soon as possible.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times