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Irrigation committee to broadcast open meetings from boardroom
Town's irrigation committee has always held its meetings in the boardroom instead of council chambers, said Coun. John Wiens. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Niagara-on-the-Lake council will allow the town’s irrigation committee to meet in the operations boardroom, but its meetings will be broadcast to the public.

Last week, committee of the whole rejected the irrigation committee’s request to hold its meetings “off-camera” and in the operations boardroom instead of the council chambers.

Some committee of the whole members, including Coun. Stuart McCormack and Coun. Clare Cameron, spoke out against private meetings referring to the Municipal Act, which states all public meetings should be open to the public.

At the council meeting Monday, Coun. John Wiens made a motion to let the committee hold open meetings in the operations boardroom.

“The major reason they want to go there is because of the maps and the organization of that room,” said Wiens.

Town Clerk Peter Todd has talked to the irrigation committee on its obligations in regard to the Municipal Act, said Wiens, and the committee is “in full understanding” of it.

Cameron asked if the committee’s chair was willing to move into closed sessions when appropriate.

“The reason why they want to move over there is because they have maps. All the maps are in that room there and they have the ability to discuss all the maps there,” said Wiens, adding the committee will move to closed, in-camera sessions when appropriate but, besides that, all the meetings will still be open and broadcast to the public.