Morrin ratepayer concerned with council’s document policy
A Morrin man has concerns about the transparency of his Village’s council.
In particular, his ability to obtain copies of agendas and minutes.
John Siemens has some concern about sewer issues in the village, but has found getting information on the council meetings difficult, and at times, costly.
He wished to view copies of minutes to see if his concerns were brought up by council. When he attended to the village office he was told he was able to view the council notes, but he was told he could not obtain a copy and was advised he could only look at the one provided.
He later contacted Municipal Affairs, which assured him council minutes are a public document and he was entitled to a copy, however there maybe a fee.
When he retuned to the village office, he was provid- ed copies and was charged 50 cents a page.
The next time he asked for a copy of minutes, he says he was informed there was a $30 flat fee and a $25 charge for the first page, and $1.00 per page thereafter.
He also found there is a similar charge for an agenda, however the agenda is not available prior to the meeting. In fact, council only gets the agenda when they attend the meeting.
Mayor Suzanne Lacher confirmed with The Mail Council enacted a photocopy policy for the Village in April of 2015. It states the rates are $30 for the time to prepare the documents, a fee of $25 for the first page, and $1 for each additional page. It further states that copies of tax assessment notices and copies of utility bills are free of charge.
She is also aware of John Siemens concern and hopes they can rectify the situation.