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The Town council meeting schedule for the next year is now available and residents are invited and encouraged to attend public meetings to stay engaged on issues and up to date on municipal decisions that interest them.

There are a variety of meetings that are open to the public and they are a great way to learn more about your community.

Regular Council Meetings – Held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (except in July, August and December when there is just one meeting). A range of issues can be presented to council including budget discussions, bylaw amendments, capital expenditures and delegations from the community, as well as any other public issue. Decisions on many of these issues will be made by council at these meetings.

Special Council Meetings – Can be called at any time by the mayor or majority of councillors to debate pressing or urgent matters. If a Special Council Meeting is called details will be shared through the Town website, social media accounts and local media.

Committee of the Whole – Held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (except in July, August and December when there is just one meeting). Informal discussions between council and staff about subject matter where no decisions are made.

There are a limited number of closed meetings where the public is not present and council debates in private. These can only happen in certain circumstances such as a situation where personal information needs to be protected, land negotiations or legal matters. No decisions can be made during a closed meeting and, instead, must be made when the meeting returns to the public setting.

Agendas, schedules and minutes for all public meetings can be found under the Government menu. Agendas for council meetings are typically posted on the Wednesday or Thursday before the meeting. Minutes from council meetings are posted once they are approved and adopted and the next council meeting.

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