North Huron council not returning to virtual meetings

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NORTH HURON – Despite the growing concerns surrounding the surge in COVID-19 cases, Reeve Bernie Bailey was the only member of council willing to return to virtual meetings.

The Emergency Operations Control Group met on Dec. 17, with a request to council to provide direction on whether a return to electronic meeting for all council, board and committee meetings is warranted in light of the increase of COVID-19 cases.

Deputy Reeve Trevor Seip spoke out about the issue, saying that the township has spent an astronomical amount of money to ensure the safety of councillors and the public by moving the meetings to the Town Hall Theatre.

“I could throw a grenade in here and not hit anybody,” he said.

Seip also worried that some people would not participate because “they don’t understand the electronic part of it.”

“If the Province of Ontario wants to shut us down, then the people of North Huron can bitch and whine to them, not to the Township of North Huron, because they feel we’re not being transparent and open to them,” he added.

The motion was defeated 5-1, with Bailey being the lone vote in favour. Coun. Chris Palmer was absent.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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