Council changes the rules around agenda delivery

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CORNWALL, Ontario – City councillors will get their agenda information package days ahead of time after a new set of rules was adopted at city hall Monday night.

Councillors directed the city clerk’s department to have the agenda and its voluminous information package ready electronically and in hard copy form on the Wednesday prior to a regularly scheduled meeting.

The move could create headaches in the clerk’s department, because it takes several hours to photocopy and collate all of the papers in the information package.

But Coun. Maurice Dupelle, the architect of the move, was steadfast in his desire to get the information sooner.

“We need to have time to make informed decisions and research,” he said.

Coun. Bernadette Clement agreed.

“Sometimes it feels like…we get hijacked by the agenda because it comes so quickly,” she said. “And we have to really put aside everything on that weekend and possibly Monday to try and track down managers.”

But there were some critics.

Coun. Denis Thibault said the practise of receiving the agenda on Fridays prior to a meeting has been ongoing for years.

He added that if a councillor can’t work under that schedule, which has stood the test of time for years, “perhaps they should be doing something else.”

The public will receive the agenda on the same day as councillors.

Geographic location: Ontario

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