Given that Monday’s night regular Council meeting was a marathon event, starting at 5:30PM and ending at roughly 12:45 AM, some readers might not have the inclination to spin through about 7 hours of the recording to see what interests them.
While the meeting was long, hopefully this summary can be kept short… but no promises are being made. The recorded stream can be found at: https://vimeo.com/448679720
Just like July’s late-nighter Council meeting, this Monday’s meeting looks to be a repeat performance with a lengthy agenda with items of substance. Highlights of the agenda include the deferred Integrity Commissioner reports and a “settlement agreement” for Century Condos downtown.
In contrast to the much shorter and light Council meetings recently, this Monday’s upcoming (Zoom) meeting looks like it will be a marathon. Three delegations, 6 Integrity Commissioner reports , 16 Staff reports, 2 closed sessions. Do not forget Correspondence and New Business!
Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting items…
NPR stated “often, the White House sets the release of bad news and unflattering documents to late Friday afternoon.”
Late Friday afternoon, the Town issued the following statement:
Grimsby, ON – On June 4, 2020, Council for the Town of Grimsby convened a Special Meeting to receive and consider a confidential report from Mr. John Curtis who was retained to conduct a workplace investigation.
The investigation stems from incidents that occurred or were alleged to have occurred in 2019 and 2020. Council directed that an independent third-party be retained to investigate and report on any allegations and upon other related matters.
The investigation was confidential and was conducted over a three-month period. On June 4, Mr. Curtis presented his comprehensive confidential report to Council. The report set out five (5) recommendations, all of which were unanimously accepted and adopted by Council. The Town will be proceeding with all the recommendations through its legal counsel.
The investigation has now concluded and neither the Council nor Town staff will be providing any further comment in respect thereof.
Council will work together with staff to ensure that the Town continues to be a safe work environment and that the municipality will strive to be the best that it can be. Council is committed to its vision for the Town and fully supports its CAO, and in implementing the Town’s strategic priorities to ensure that vision is achieved.
Sarah Kim, Town Clerk 905-945-9634 Ext. 2015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike the past two meetings where Council has seen a “lite” version of an Agenda, this Monday’s proceedings looks like it’s going to be a long night, given it’s 5:30 PM start. If variety is your thing, then this Agenda is just for you.
While Tuesday’s meeting was short and thin on content to write about in contrast to more recent sittings of Council, it almost finished without any of interruptions that have permeated the meetings of late. That was until the “New Business” section of the agenda…
While it may have looked like the old gameshow “Hollywood Squares” on your TV, Council got down to business as best as it could by embracing technology to advance the business of the Town in these challenging times.
Given the internal strife of Council, it came as no surprise as the all-male “Grimsby 5” or “Gang of 5”, which seems a more appropriate moniker given their collective agenda and bloc voting, overrode the recent election of the Heritage Committee’s new Chairperson.
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