Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Having Cancelled their Monday Public meeting; Council set to host closed council session this afternoon

The Doors to the Council chamber close tonight,
as Prince Rupert City Council hold a closed session at 5 PM

When it comes to keeping track of when Prince Rupert City Council is holding a meeting or taking a break from their scheduled appointments with the public, the process is becoming a bit like watching the Prince Rupert Rampage make line changes on the fly ... you never really know who is going to come over the boards next.

While they apparently couldn't meet for the regularly scheduled Public Council session of last night, along with its public comment period of the Committee of the Whole process that it would have come with it. Prince Rupert's elected council will be back to the burdens of their duties today, hosting a Closed session at 5 PM at City Hall.

The notice for the Closed session was posted to the City's website on Monday, making note of the following criteria for the closing of the doors to the public.

"the basis of this closure is that the item(s) on the agenda of this meeting comply with the following closed meeting criteria specified in Section 90 of the Community Charter: 90.1 (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality."

The Closed session for this afternoon, marks the eighteenth such closed session since January.

As we outlined on Friday, the November 27th Regular Council session was cancelled last week, with little indication as to why the city's representatives had decided to toss away the schedule which left November with only one Public session, as opposed to the regular two sessions held most months.

Council will return to a public session on December 4th for a meeting that will address the agenda items lost with the November 27th cancellation.

They will then shift the Committee of the Whole and its community comment period opportunity as part of the December 11th session, which at this point, is the last regularly scheduled Council session for the year.

Those looking for a trip back through the year, can review the trail of cancelled, closed and scheduled council sessions from our archive page here.

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