The second full meeting of the new council was short and uneventful. The bylaws item before adjournment was at 8:17 p.m. and as the mayor said this is a great way to start the new year- not that this is within his control. Missing were briefings and more presentations and consider recommendations from the C.E.O. Also not on the agenda were controversial motions and new business. This will all come, as this Council Is no more together than the last one. Mind you, the meeting was longer than it might have been because of the very lengthy presentations for inductees into the 2015 Sports Hall of Fame. The mayor should have asked Council for permission to extend the presentation beyond the 5 minutes allotted for it. The extra-long bios of the inductees took much more than 5 minutes. Does this mean that the new mayor will in future ignore the procedural bylaw that gives 5 minutes for presentations He might have dealt with this before the meeting? We will see in the future. Presentations and delegations are 5 minutes, briefings ae supposed to be 10 unless lengthened.
The most interesting part of the meeting was a motion by Neill and Holland to use local musicians and their music as background for call waiting and at Public Municipal Properties. (I guess that means rinks). This is what Ottawa now does and although it has a myriad of technical difficulties, passed unanimously. Holland spoke eloquently about what we have to gain by recognizing musicians-national and international recognition that local musicians will be encouraged. All look forward to the staff report. Envy staff having to wade through the logistical issues.. What he doesn’t want – the mover is a bunch of phone calls from musicians saying that their music is not being played enough or at all.
A new Council may review any matter decided by a previous council provided contractual…no one did. Will be for intensification or neighbourhoods? There is little to indicate how this Council stands on issues.