What’s the best way to limit engagement? Make it harder for the average citizen to attend meetings.
A motion which is now in a 30-day commenting period sees a proposed change to the time of City Council meetings from 5:00pm from January thru June and from September thru November and for the remainder of 2019. The motion requests that the time of these meetings be changed to 9:30am.
By-law 18-270 was passed in September 2018 which governs when and where Council meetings can take place. With the exception of the months of July, August, and December where meetings are monthly and take place in the morning, meetings during the rest of the year take place on set days and at 5:00pm.
The idea was moved by Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson at the February 27th General Issues Committee meeting. The motion came after the GIC meeting went into the late night hours of the night. The meeting which had the buried Red Hill Valley Parkway report when went until nearly 3:00am.
“Scheduling during 9-5 hours will be problematic for working public to attend,” Kris Taylor commented on Facebook about the proposal.
Another person via Facebook noted that all meetings are already streamed online so the decision to move the meetings to an earlier point in the day is moot.
The Governance Review Sub-Committee will consider the motion on April 25th, 2019 at 11:00am in the Council Chamber. The Governance Review Sub-Committee will be making a recommendation to the Audit, Finance & Administration Committee on May 2nd, 2019 at 9:30 am in the Council Chamber.
The commenting period will take place from March 12th thru April 12th. Comments can be emailed to Angela McRae, Legislative Coordinator at Angela.McRae@hamilton.ca. Be sure to add in your Councillor and the Mayor as well to make sure your voice is heard.