Rookie councillor looking for clarity
Watts wants city staff to explain rules for meetings
By MICHAEL LIGHTSTONE City Hall Reporter
Sun, Mar 6 - 4:53 AM
Jennifer Watts says rules regarding meetings at Halifax city hall, which potentially affect transparency in the decision-making process, are cloudy at best.
And the first-term councillor wants to know this: when does a gathering of municipal politicians constitute an official meeting of regional council? Should informal, educational sessions with elected officials and others be open to the public?
Watts, who represents Connaught-Quinpool, said Saturday that she'd like Halifax Regional Municipality's staff to clarify regulations concerning meetings between councillors, proponents of various projects, community interest groups and city employees.
Her request for a staff report explaining the rules is on the agenda for Tuesday's council meeting.
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