Council is back in Chambers for their first regular meeting under the “Committee of the Whole System” aka COTW. If you aren’t familiar with COTW, essentially the old Committees have been dissolved and now all of Council will consider most matters together.
Their first agenda is quite full, 408 pages worth of material to be considered and as with any new change in governance structure, there may be a bit of a learning curve with the new Procedural By-Law that was passed earlier this week.
It was a long Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday night starting at 5PM. After some debate back and forth on the new Procedural By-Law (governing how Town meetings are to be carried out), Council took up the main course… a reconsideration of a settlement agreement for Century Condos downtown.
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…
In a Special Meeting of Council earlier today, Council approved an agreement that will see the sale of the Biodigester to a subsidiary of White Owl Limited, which according to the Town press release is “a leader in waste management services throughout Canada”.
As promised in our “finale” post… we would update you on Council’s decision on whether to opt-out or opt-in to retail cannabis sales. Council voted on the matter a short time ago and voted to “opt-out”, the decision being almost unanimous with only Councillor Vaine voting in favour of retail sales.
The upcoming Council meeting on Monday (January 21) is certainly to be an interesting one, although the Biodigester is on the agenda, front and centre will be the debate and vote on whether Grimsby should “opt-out” or “opt-in” of retail cannabis sales.
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