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Special Midland council meeting set to address several items

Notices of motion brought forward at the last meeting by Councillors Bill Gordon and Carole McGinn were not discussed because the meeting went beyond time allowed under bylaw
Town of Midland. File photo.

Midland council will be meeting Wednesday to go over leftover topics from its meeting two weeks ago and an amendment to its bylaw to continue to allow electronic participation at meetings.

Council members, especially Carole McGinn and Bill Gordon, will be looking to staff for an answer on the legal settlement relating to a lawsuit that council is currently involved in with Gordon concerning sensitive Midland Police Services data. McGinn wants to know when the town will sign the settlement offered to her peer.

McGinn is also asking for the details of the settlement to be made available to the residents.

She is also bringing forward a motion asking about the errors related to the employee paystubs. McGinn is looking for staff to provide a permanent solution for these ongoing issues.

Gordon is also bringing forward a number of notices of motion.

He wants staff to consult with the collaborative initiatives in Kitchener/Waterloo around providing an alternative to tent cities by exploring the options of procuring and installing cabin settlements for the town's homeless population.

Moreover, Gordon wants council and senior management to accept a 10% (or to be determined) pay decrease until the end of the calendar year with the funds redirected to reserves to help offset the impacts of COVID-19 on the municipal revenues in solidarity with the community.

Further, he is bringing forward a motion asking that council recognize the existence of systemic racism within many government and public institutions and affirm its commitment to abolishing racism in all its forms in any matters within its jurisdiction. Gordon wants staff to undertake periodic reviews of the town's policies and standard operating procedures to look for any systems, processes or practices that may not be in compliance with this stance or could be made more inclusive.

All of this will be possible once an amendment to the town's bylaw is made to continue to allow electronic participation, even though provincial emergency has now been lifted.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. today and will be streamed via cable TV.


Mehreen Shahid

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