Council meetings run long in Summerland

Recent meetings have gone past 10 p.m. cutoff time

Monday evening meetings have been running long for members of Summerland’s municipal council.

On March 11, the evening meeting concluded around 10:40 p.m.

And while the Feb. 25 meeting ended around 10:15, several of the items were tabled until a special meeting could be held on the afternoon of March 11.

Mayor Toni Boot said a resolution of council is required if the meetings will go past 10 p.m.

The recent meetings are not the first times council has extended its meetings.

“Over the past term, there were meetings that ran past the 10 p.m. time,” she said, adding that there were also meetings that concluded in less than an hour and a half.

RELATED: Summerland council making changes to procedure bylaw

RELATED: Summerland council members to get pay raise

The agenda packages were lengthy for the last two council meetings.

The package accompanying the March 11 meeting was 248 pages and the Feb. 25 meeting had a 351-page agenda package.

Boot said the lengthy meetings are not because there are too many items on the agenda but rather because of the nature of the agenda items.

“Sometimes there is a lot of discussion on the items that are on the agenda,” she said.

The last few meetings have had some significant development applications and council members have asked questions for clarification.

“It’s our responsibility to get as much information as possible,” Boot said. “We were elected to make these decisions.”

In addition, the municipality’s development services department has gone through staffing changes and the new department members are dealing with some significant pieces of legislation and development proposals.

The next council meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, beginning at 7 p.m.

“My hope is that we can deal with as many resolutions as possible without going past 10 o’clock,” Boot said.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Young mother dies in Highway 3 semi collision

According to friends the victim was on her way to work, to a job she started earlier in the week

‘Cowardly acts’ towards homeless continue in Osoyoos

RCMP confirm they are investigating two incidents of assault on a homeless person

RV lifestyle comes to the Okanagan

BC Interior RV Show returns to Penticton for the eighth year

Lyle Thomas promoted to top job at Princeton’s municipal hall

The Town of Princeton has a new boss. Lyle Thomas, who has… Continue reading

Looking for artwork of historic South Okanagan landmark for exhibition

The SS Sicamous Marine Heritage Society is looking for artwork for an exhibition

VIDEO: Fire contained to garage beside East Kelowna house

Garage is fully involved, say firefighters

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Animals seized again from North Okanagan property

Animals to be seized not yet confirmed

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Turning an Okanagan hospital’s medical waste into art

Safe recycled waste materials are being used by local artists to create art

Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to hot real estate market in B.C.

Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers

Most Read