Council considers holding later meetings
GRAFTON — Alnwick/ Haldimand council should look at changing the start times of some meetings to later in the day, Councillor Sherry Gibson suggested at a recent council session.
She is among other Northumberland County municipal councillors looking at ways to make it easier for taxpayers to attend meetings.
Cobourg, for example, is looking for public input about changing the usual 7 p.m. council start time to 4 p.m.
Gibson suggested a 3 p.m. start instead of the usual 12:30 p.m. for Alnwick/Haldimand councillors to consider.
There was some discussion about making it around 5:30 p.m. and combining some committee of the whole and planning matters in one session.
This would be so “people don’t have to take a half day off” to attend their municipal council meeting, Gibson said.
“It’s important to give it a trial.”
Councillor Ray Benns said holding later meetings in the past caused them to “run to 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.” and some had complained that this was just too late.
Alnwick/Haldimand has a new councillor since the departure of Bernadette Murray, and Mayor John Logel suggested that Councillor Michael Filip (who was absent at this meeting) would like to provide some input into the discussion.
“And staff can look at it to,” the mayor added.
An official notice of motion is expected this Thursday.
At the same time, Gibson also suggested council look at establishing a Facebook page as another way of improving taxpayer accessibility to council and township matters.