City, province working to enable virtual council meetings

In addition to the issue of council meetings, questions remain regarding how to hold public hearings and receive public submissions

The city is working with the province to speed up the process to allow for virtual council meetings.

City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin has been in contact with the deputy minister of Municipal Affairs on the matter, who advised him action is coming in the near future.

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“What exactly that entails, I don’t know,” Trawin said.

The city’s procedural bylaw does not allow for electronic meetings and council meetings have been put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As it stands, council meetings must be held in person. The city can change the rules, however, Trawin said it would take two council meetings, which would span through mid-April, but council is not meeting in-person right now, due to social distancing rules in effect.

“Technically, I’d have to have a council meeting to change our bylaws to do that,” he said.

In addition to the issue of council meetings, Trawin said questions remain for the city about how to hold public hearings and receive public submissions, further complicating the situation should council proceed to change its own bylaws to allow for electronic meetings.

Orders from the province would allow the city to implement new rules essentially overnight.

KTW has reached out to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and is awaiting a response.

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