Maritime Facilities By-law (Shh... - Top Secret)
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:35PM
Bill Barclay

A presser came out today with the following Top Secret information. 

"Recreational boaties and commercial marine farmers will find our Maritime Facilities Bylaw consultation worth a look.

The proposed Maritime Facilities Bylaw does not change any fees, but it simplifies our rules around facilities like wharves, jetties, boat ramps, quays, piers, and pontoons.

Essentially, it's a streamlined version of the former Wharves and Coastal Structures Bylaw that everyone has been used to already, with the removal of elements that no longer apply.

If you're not familiar with that Bylaw, it dealt with rules about things like cleaning facilities, responsibility for damage to facilities, and powers granted to Maritime Facilities Managers.

The submission forms will be available through our online consultation portal from 9 October to 9 November 2015."

Well you get the message - check the portal tomorrow to see what it was that was so Top Secret that they had to go into Public Excluded at the Extraordinary Meeting on Wednesday to discuss it.

This Council is already a laughing stock, and loses credibility by the day! I wonder if top management has yet worked out how many people work for them! "Start the count again Joe, and please try to keep it under two hundred - othewise Leachy will go ballistic!"


Update on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:41AM by Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Laurna White has asked me to provide a post-script indicating that the reason this item went into 'Public Excluded' was in order to obtain legal advice. This is a perfectly valid reason, but the Meeting's Act requires this 'reason and grounds' to be announced when the motion to go into Public Excluded is put to the meeting. I was there for the entire meeting, and despite claims to the contrary, this was not done in accordance with the Act and Standing Orders.

Often-times staff and the 'top table' make impromptu decisions that are not conveyed appropriately and this was a perfect example. This is precisely why a strong Governance person is required to keep mayor's and chair's in  compliance. The public is 'shut out' far too casually and I make no apology for bringing this matter to the fore.




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