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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Collingwood Integrity Reports to be Delivered in Person

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  
Collingwood council votes to have presentations in addition to written reports

Collingwood council wants to hear directly from the town's new Integrity Commissioner.

At Monday night's council meeting, a report from Principles Integrity was on the consent agenda. The report says Mayor Sandra Cooper was in the wrong when she voted in February in favour of hiring a consultant to advise the town on its plan to sell the town's airport. That's because her brother is part of the group that wants to build a large development near the airport. No sanctions are recommended against the mayor.

Mayor Cooper did declare a conflict and removed herself from the council table before the discussion on the report. Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson introduced a motion to have the Integrity Commissioner come to council to make a presentation on this report and all future reports. He says the public deserves to have a clearer understanding of the report and the town's Code of Conduct. Each time the Integrity Commissioner is asked to present to council, it will cost about a thousand dollars. Deputy Mayor Saunderson says he feels this is a small price to pay for transparency.

Council also decided to amend the contract with the Integrity Commissioner so that a presentation is made for each report instead of just at the end of the year. 

Mayor Sandra Cooper declared no conflict prior to a discussion on the new noise by-law discussion; she said she has no family members who own commercial or residential buildings that would be affected by the by-law.


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