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.
While this past weekend provided our new Council an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of municipal governance in training sessions, there was an immediate item of business which was in open session on Sunday… the Hydro Boards.
In this installment, which we hope might be the last, of the “Hydro Files” we will take a look at the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigations in Grimsby, not once but twice, into some “secret meetings” involving hydro matters held by the Town and the secret hydro empire it controls.
While in attendance at the July 16, 2018 Council meeting, we noted one item on the agenda whose timing was a little puzzling. This item was a recommendation from the “Working Committee Board of Directors for Niagara Power” with a list of the Town’s various hydro boards and individuals who were recommended to serve on them. Given that the election was just a few months away, we began wondering why 2 and 3-year terms appeared on the agenda and started thinking about these Boards of Directors.
…and a problem. Well we in fact have a few numbers, not just one… from the elusive web of Town hydro companies. On October 9, 2018 the Town’s 2017 financial statements were presented to the Admin & Finance Committee for their approval. Why is that interesting? Because it gave us a small window into what has been happening with the finances of the companies in the hydro group.
Further to our previous post “Grimsby Projects – What’s Going On?”, we received another e-mail as a follow-up from the same reader. The opinions expressed in that correspondence are very enlightening, so we thought we would share them with you.
Following a complaint made last year to the Ombudsman of Ontario regarding two questionable “in camera” meetings held by Council regarding it’s interest in Niagara Power Inc., a final report has been released.
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