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Update to the Procedural By-Law

Posted May 16, 2023

On May 9th, 2023, an updated Procedural By-law was passed by Council. Many of these changes became necessary following changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the way Council Meetings functioned. Some notable changes from the previous version include:

  • The live stream of Council Meetings will remain available on the Municipality’s YouTube channel for viewing for 60 days from the meeting date.
  • Clearer rules and processes added for when a Council member can move or second a motion for reconsideration.
  • Inaugural meetings will be held as soon as practical following the election, determined by the outgoing Council.
  • New section added to Agenda for “Announcements and Updates from Council Members”.
  • Delegation and presentation lengths were reduced to 10 minutes from 15.
  • New section under the Conduct section which specifically states Council Members are not to use mobile devices while in a Council meeting.
  • When submitting a Notice of Motion, a Member should now provide: the background of the matter; an explanation of how the proposed motion fits into the current approved plans and goals of the Municipality; the anticipated financial and staffing impacts on the Municipality; and what, if any, impact the proposed action will have on the current priorities of the Municipality.
  • If a matter is to be considered for deferral multiple times, the first two times a Motion to defer may be passed by a simple majority vote, and if it is to be deferred a third time, a 2/3 majority vote is required. Any further deferrals require a unanimous vote of Council.

Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available in our portal.

For any additional questions regarding the Procedural By-Law, please view the attached By-law, or email clerk@callander.ca.

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