Keeping privilege to a minimum
Some residents feel that the Town of Spaniard’s Bay is having too many privileged meetings.
That’s according to the minutes from the town’s regular council meeting on Sept. 28. A resident of the community wrote to the provincial government on the subject of privileged meetings.
The town received word from a representative from Municipal Affairs three days earlier informing them a complaint had been lodged.
Spaniard’s Bay Mayor Tony Menchions has heard it in the community as well. The scuttlebutt around town is that council holds between five and six privilege meetings a month.
The mayor said that simply isn’t the case.
“There is no basis for that complaint,” said Menchions. “We are well within our bounds.”
Since taking over as mayor in July, the town has held a handful of privileged meetings. Menchions figures they’ve had three such meetings since he assumed the chain of office and only a couple more since January.
“We have very few privileged meetings,” he said.
Town councils generally have two types of meetings. There are the public meetings, which are open to anyone who wishes to attend and where most of the town’s business is taken care off.
This includes motions on building permits, correspondence with residents and other matters.
privileged meetings. They deal with more delicate subjects like staffing, legal matters and finances. There is no guideline found in the Municipalities Act that sets a limit on privileged meetings.
Spaniard’s Bay Mayor Tony Menchions says there’s no truth to the suggestion his council is holding an excessive number of privileged meetings.