MH councll meetings go digital
By Chad Ingram
Minden Hills council held its first remote meeting using digital teleconferencing platform Zoom on April 28, and the plan is for regular committee-of-the-whole and council meetings to be held digitally beginning in May.
The purpose of Wednesday’s meeting was to amend the township’s procedural bylaw to allow councillors to participate in meetings remotely using technology, a capability that was extended to municipalities by the provincial government as an emergency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The link for the live streams, broadcast on YouTube, will be published on the township’s website and on agendas. Residents who plan to observe meetings are encouraged to download the agendas ahead of time, as agendas will not be displayed as part of the live stream.
Clerk Vicki Bull and Mayor Brent Devolin thanked the
county’s IT department and other staff for facilitating the process and
training for staff and council.
“A huge thank you,” Devolin said. “This is a brave new world that we’re in . . . not only technicalities, but basically creating new law both municipally and provincially in this. This is a mountain of work, that in a few weeks, we’ve been able to do.”
“Our intention is in the month of May, with council and committee-of-the-whole, to be basically, relatively as we can, back to business,” Devolin said.
Council will also hold a meeting Thursday, April 30.