More In Camera Meetings than Council Meetings
How Council’s time is allotted
The Council Key Date Calendar shows the following information regarding Council’s primary meeting schedule for 2012; i.e. Council Meetings, Committee of the Whole Meetings and Public Hearings. The breakdown looks like this:
- Council Meetings: 21 scheduled
- Committee of the Whole Meetings: 16 scheduled (to date one cancelled and two specials added)
- Public Hearings: 12 (to date one has been cancelled)
And then there are the secret In Camera meetings increasingly used by Council:
The figure for 2012 has been extrapolated from the 11 In Camera meetings held thus far this year, a period of some 4.25 months.
In any event the number held in 2011 already exceeded that of Council Meetings. What is going on behind those in camera doors that didn’t go on in previous years? One may suspect that the 2006 Annual Municipal Report provides an answer to what happened in that year in the following:
- Hired a new General Manager of Corporate Services to respond to senior staff
- succession planning needs.
- Conducted various Council strategic planning sessions to determine strategic direction.
- Achieved significant progress on the New Nanaimo Centre (NNC) initiative:
- Nanaimo Ice Centre completed.
- Construction of downtown parkade, new Council Chamber, community museum and conference centre under way.
- Foundry site cleared.
- Lot 50 prepared for transfer to Snuneymuxw First Nation.
- Hotel efforts ongoing.”
What happened following the 2008 election that led to the rapid and continuous growth of secrecy at City Hall? Any ideas?
welcome back Ron
If we are going to spend so much tax money on construction projects maybe we should have an arms length Real Estate Authority doing this activity instead of letting people who do not have a clue about this business taking citizens for a ride.
Ron; How many of those in camera meetings were eventually opened to the public? In other words how many were followed by a ‘rise and report’?