Almost 80 per cent of respondents favour an earlier starting for regular council meetings in Sidney. (Black Press File)

Sidney looks at earlier council meetings

If approved, change would see Sidney council meet at 6 p.m.

A survey suggests Sidney residents want their elected officials to meet earlier.

Just over 78 per cent of respondents said they would favour moving the starting time of regular council meetings to 6 p.m. Regular council meetings have been starting at 7 p.m. since moving from 7:30 p.m. in 2009. Sidney had launched the survey July 23. It closed Aug. 30, generating 23 responses, with five opposed to the change.

Sandi Nelson, corporate officer with the Town of Sidney, said the change would make regular council meetings consistent with committee-of-the-whole meetings, which have been starting at 6 p.m. since changing in 2013.

The change would require amendments to Sidney’s council procedure bylaw. If approved following public notice, the change would be effective sometime in November.

North Saanich and Central Saanich councils currently meet at 7 p.m. for both regular and committee-of-the-whole meetings on alternating Mondays.

The City of Victoria, meanwhile, holds committee-of-the-whole meetings on the first four Thursdays of each month at 9 a.m. with regular council meetings scheduled for the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

RELATED: Saanich councillor wants to limit length of council meetings

Sidney is not only community in Greater Victoria contemplating changes to their respective council procedure bylaws. Saanich staff are currently reviewing calls to end all types of council meetings end by 10 p.m., unless extended by councillors themselves.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreviews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich police search for alleged UVic Bookstore thief

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact police

Oak Bay’s only candy shop closing for good on Friday

Sweet Delights Candy Store going out of business

Significant donation boosts Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s most ambitious fundraising campaign

Townline’s $600,000 donation helps purchase new 3 Telsa MRI for Royal Jubilee Hospital

Cherry Bomb Toys, which houses the National Toy Museum of Canada, has had a rough year

The property that’s home to Cherry Bomb Toys is listed at $2.6 million

Saanich Police say bubbling pavement poses no threat to public

Resident reports water coming from cracked pavement at Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the proposed changes for ICBC?

Tuesday’s provincial budget predicted a shift from shortfall to surplus in wake… Continue reading

B.C. government shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

Island wildlife rescue centre sees 9 poisoned birds since January

MARS trying to fundraise for ‘rigorous and expensive’ lead poisoning treatment

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as anti-pipeline blockades drag on

The Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto

VIDEO: Knife-wielding man arrested after barricading himself in Lower Mainland Walmart

A man had barricaded himself in the freezer section of the fish area at a Walmart in Richmond

Most Read