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“We have heard the same delegations on numerous occasions over the past year, which is taking a long time.”
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Regina residents wishing to contact the city council will only be able to do so at executive committee meetings starting in January, given a new schedule of meetings approved on Wednesday.
The change is being made to make city council meetings more efficient while also giving citizens the time and space to express their views and concerns.
“We have heard the same delegations on numerous occasions over the past year, which is taking a long time,” said Coun. Cheryl Stadnichuk (District 1) as she closed the debate on the matter during a city council meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
“I think it will make our meetings more effective,” she added.
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The residents can present themselves to the executive committee, which consists of council members, if it meets alternately on Wednesdays twice a month at 9 a.m. and is attached to the agenda of the city council.
This is one of several changes to the schedule for the 2022 council and committee meetings that will go into effect in the new year.
The Community Wellness Committee and the Operations and Community Services Committee will be dissolved and their responsibilities will be included in a revised Executive Committee mandate. The planning committee meets on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays.
The agendas for the Executive Committee and City Council will be posted online on Friday afternoon 13 days before the meetings to give residents more time to review and prepare a response.
The new schedule was approved with one successful change and one failed change.
Count. Landon Mohl (District 10) successfully advocated keeping the city council meeting times at 1:00 p.m., a time to which he had got used to and worked better with his full-time work schedule. The original report recommended moving the city council meeting start times to 9 a.m.
He was well supported by his fellow councilors, who all but Counsel voted for the change. Bob Hawkins (District 2) who argued that city council work should be done during the day.
“The simple reality is … decisions get harder as the hour of the day gets longer,” said Hawkins. “We just don’t do our best work at 8 or 9 a.m.”
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Count. Daniel LeBlanc (District 6) failed to convince fellow councilors to add a new procedure to the bye-laws that would allow members to ask a procedural question if they believe a council member is speaking disrespectfully to an administrative member.
Town clerk Jim Nicol noted that the council had a code of ethics that required a certain level of decency, but LeBlanc argued that this did not go far enough.
“Since joining the council, I have had several times that I was uncomfortable with the way one of us was talking to a co-worker and I would have brought it up if I didn’t think it wasn’t adequate protection, ”said LeBlanc.
Hawkins argued that the change would be an insult to the executive team, which is made up of very experienced people who are able to defend themselves.
Count. Lori Bresciani (District 4) said she had never seen a time when any debate or discussion got out of hand, nor did she support the amendment, which ultimately failed by three to seven votes.
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