Monday council meetings swapped for Tuesdays

City councillors voted last week to permanently change their meeting days.

Council will now conduct city business in council chambers on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, instead of Mondays.

“I think it will make everything work more smoothly,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

The idea is to give Chilliwack council and city staff, as well as the local media, ample time to go over the council agenda and have any related queries answered before the afternoon and evening meetings get underway on Tuesdays, she said.

Mondays are sometimes “chaotic” at city hall and this might help, the mayor added. Statutory holidays also tend to fall on Mondays, so meetings were getting shifted to Tuesdays anyway.

Coun. Pat Clark said councillors now receive the agendas by e-mail, usually by midday on Fridays, but it will certainly help those who work full-time or have family commitments to have that extra day to prepare.

With recent agenda packages weighing in at more than 200 pages, it will mean the ability to get a head-start on all the reading, she said.

“It’s going to be interesting to see if it makes a difference,” Clark said. “We’ll just have to see.”

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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