Bradford West-Gwillimbury Council meetings will continue online for now, and for the foreseeable future.
Back in March, council adopted the by-law to permit electronic meetings during the period of declared emergencies. In July, the province made amendments to the Municipal Act, allowing municipalities, under a town's procedural by-law, to participate in electronic council, board and committee meetings.
With the ongoing pandemic, town staff are recommending the current procedural by-law be updated to allow for electronic meetings to occur outside of a declared emergency.
The amendment to the by-law would allow for council members to hold an online meeting or for individual council members to take part electronically. The purpose of the amendment is to allow councillors, committee members and board members to carry on their business in an efficient manner.
After further review, town staff made their own amendments to the by-law for meeting administration purposes, including the allowance of cancelling meetings if not enough items are on the agenda, inserting a provision that Open Forum matters must pertain to the meeting agenda, and adding curfews of 10 p.m. to committee meetings.
Council was in favour of approving the recommended amendments.
The full report can be viewed here.