Councillor walks out due to lack of approved agenda

Mayor apologizes for confusion in following meeting

A committee of the whole meeting was anything but ‘whole’ in Harrison last week.

Councillor Zoltan Kiss walked out at the onset of a May 15 meeting when he noted that the agenda was not adopted.

He told the Observer he tried to make a motion to have the agenda adopted after an item was added by another councillor, but the motion was not acknowledged by Mayor Leo Facio.

Facio acknowledged the error during this Tuesday’s council meeting, apologizing to the public for the confusion.

“I wish to make some apologies,” he said, after announcing that the approval of the minutes from the May 15 meeting would be deferred.

“There was a misunderstanding. We had some problems with types of motions and approval of the agenda. We apologize for any mixups and this will be corrected,” he said.

Kiss said last week that he walked out because without an approved agenda, the meeting was not official. He listened from the Village office’s lobby.

“In my view it was an illegitimate quasi meeting,” Kiss said. “The rules are relaxed a bit (for Committee of the Whole meetings), but we still have rules.”

The rest of Tuesday night’s regular meeting, which started a half hour late to accommodate a special presentation by staff prior (see related story above) included a handful of housekeeping by-law amendments.

While amending a busking bylaw, however, a question from John Allen in the gallery led council to extend their allowable hours for music in the streets. Buskers can now play until 9 p.m., instead of the previous 7 p.m. There are also now no limits on the numbers of buskers allowed to perform in the Village.