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Clarenville town council will meet less frequently

Member of Clarenville Town council are (left to right): Bill Bailey, Rod Nicholl, Lloyd Parrott, John Pickett, Deputy Mayor Heber Smith, Paul Tilley and Mayor Frazer Russell.
Member of Clarenville Town council are (left to right): Bill Bailey, Rod Nicholl, Lloyd Parrott, John Pickett, Deputy Mayor Heber Smith, Paul Tilley and Mayor Frazer Russell. - file photo

Bi-weekly meetings pared back to once every three weeks

CLARENVILLE, N.L. —

For residents of the Town of Clarenville who monitor the bi-weekly town council meetings — likely via a broadcast on Facebook Live every two weeks — there’ll be fewer meetings to tune into in the coming months.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday night, Jan. 29, council decided to experiment with a less frequent model, meeting just once every three weeks from now on.

The change is on a trial basis for January to the end of June, with a re-examination of the meeting schedule after that.

At the Jan. 29 meeting Coun. John Pickett noted that last year council had discussed the idea of reducing the frequency of council meetings.

“A lot of councils have gone that route,” said Mayor Frazer Russell.

Pickett says they’ll ensure that no financial matters are affected on a monthly basis, regarding invoices or other decisions.

And council agreed if they need to call an impromptu “emergency” meeting to address an urgent matter — they still can.

Residents will have to keep in mind the new rotation of council meetings for matters pertaining to permit approvals — especially if they are timely in nature.

Being aware of the deadlines is that much more important with the new model for meetings, says Russell.

The motion for meeting once every three weeks until June was passed unanimously. The town clerk will draft a schedule for meetings for the next five months.

The next regular council meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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