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.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Agassiz, Harrison thank fire crews for battling Mt. Hicks wildfire

Dinner for crews hosted by Agassiz Seniors Community Friday night

Six Sto:lo chiefs sign MOU agreement affirming Indigenous rights

Moving to next phase of nation-to-nation negotiation in preparation for final treaty

Q & A with SD78 trustee candidates

Agassiz-Harrison’s trustee-hopefuls answer the Observer’s questions

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

On Oct. 19, gospel musician, Rob Berg, hosts first concert in Chilliwack in 25 years

Held at the Sardis Community Church, the concert celebrates his career and new album release

VIDEO: First legal cannabis purchases as midnight strikes in eastern Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador was the first province to kick off the sale of cannabis, just after midnight local time

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Most Read