St. Mary’s changes policy on presentations to council

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ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has introduced new procedures designed to give councillors more accurate briefing materials on upcoming presentations by members of the public.

“The way the current presentation to council policy reads is that electronic copies are to be given to the municipal clerk within 48 hours of a presentation,” said Chief Administrative Officer Marissa Jordan at the July 20 committee of the whole meeting. “But what staff have been noticing is that, a lot of the time, the presentations are coming quite late and we’re not aligning with them when we send out in the package to councillors to give [them] an appropriate amount of time to review.”

Jordan asked council to amend the policy to provide staff with five full business days to prepare the required information for council’s consideration. “While we were going through, we also added a section where we have the authority to put the [new] policy [on the record].

Over the past several months—since restrictions on public gatherings have lifted—the number of scheduled presentations to St. Mary’s council by members of the public have increased roughly to pre-COVID levels of at least one per month.

Council unanimously agreed with Councillor Beulah Malloy (District #4) that the change was “a good idea.”

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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