Media Release

 October 7, 2019

Chatham-Kent Council meeting
in Tilbury tonight

Democracy in action will be coming to Tilbury Monday night, as Chatham-Kent Council will hold its’ first-ever meeting outside of the Civic Centre.

Council approved the meeting earlier this year as part of a pilot project that could see council meetings held in each of the six wards during this council term. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in Ryder Hall which is part of the Tilbury and District Memorial Community Centre at 49 Bond Ave.

Mayor Darrin Canniff, who brought forth the idea during last year’s election campaign said moving council meetings is something he’s believed in for years. “It is meant to be more inclusive,” he said in news coverage when the move was approved in April. “This is a major step to move forward.”

Counc. Mark Authier, who seconded the motion, said it’s important that members of the public have the opportunity to see first-hand what takes place during a council meeting.

“Council attendance is largely issue-driven and most of the people who attend do so for a specific topic. I would invite anyone who hasn’t been out to a council meeting before just to come out and see the process.”

West Kent Coun. Melissa Harrigan supported the motion, saying many residents can’t travel or don’t have cable or high-speed Internet.

“I see this as an opportunity to provide access,” she said. “It’s worth the effort for us to run the pilot.”

Go here to view the full agenda.

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 Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624
jimbl@chatham-kent.ca

 

 

 

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