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SPN Takeaways, Regular Council Meeting May 24, 2016 — 7 Comments

    • At the Public Input sections of meetings you are only allowed to speak to items on the Agenda. You CAN complete a Delegation request and get a five-minute “appointment” to speak at a Regular Council meeting on an issue of your choosing, and that must be approved by the CAO (and/or possibly the mayor). The COW (Committee of the Whole) Public Input section /used to be/ where new issues could be introduced, but that shifted to being allowed to speak only to items on the Agenda there too. I’m not sure now to get in front of that Committee now. (Perhaps another commenter can enlighten me on this.) Mostly this month, those meetings have been cancelled because there’s nothing on the Agenda. If you do get in front of COW, you get 10 minutes. Another option is to write a letter or email to Council. At the end of each Regular Council meeting they formally receive correspondence (ie, already in the agenda package). Finally, even though some at the municipal office/Council pooh-pooh the legitimacy of SPN, you can write a Letter to the Editor here. It will get seen. -Britt

    • thanks for the answer Britt…i wonder if the council/mayor should have a press conference once a month for media to ask questions (only one need to attend to answer)?

  1. who the hell is Terri Sullivan? and we bought a bloody bbq Sooke – very efficient use of tax money! shocking! and before anyone starts – there are many things that Sooke needs first!!!

  2. Any reporter can call councillors and ask questions. It’s council’s job to answer questions from the 5th estate and media’s job to ask them. No press conference needed.

  3. I would agree with Ms. Hall “.. found the report to be insufficient, and stated that the savings of $4,000 were minuscule.” Considering that storage of tools and equipment would add to the total cost, an expenditure that was not in the report, the savings are perhaps optimistic, to be polite.
    Also, the present seating arrangement in council chambers is almost as bad for members of the public who attend meetings to hear staff responses, as it is viewing on line when people repeatedly forget to turn the microphone on.