Kamloops council looks to change bylaws to allow for virtual meetings, votes

According to current bylaws, council cannot vote on matters unless it does so in person. That has become challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the public being told to stay home at much as possible

Kamloops council wants to lead by example when it comes to promoting social distancing.

The city is looking to make changes to its procedural bylaw, in order to allow council to meet and vote via electronic means.

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According to current bylaws, council cannot vote on matters unless it does so in person. That has become challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the public being told to stay home as much as possible.

Coun. Denis Walsh said the city will begin the process of changing its bylaw soon, with subsequent meetings required in April in order to finalize changes.

“That meeting has to be physical,” Walsh said. “Any time we vote or discuss an item, it has to be in the public, but it has to be physical. We’re not authorized to meet electronically or in email or anything. We’re going to change the bylaw to allow us to have meetings and make decisions and vote, either by conference call or email.”

A regular council meeting scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled as part of last Friday’s declaration of a local state of emergency.

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