Public Council Meetings
Once decisions are made by Council it is important – essential - for the members to stick to the decision of “the council”. Some decisions can be quite decisive and it is important to have your say and influence the discussion BEFORE the decision is made so that a better, well discussed decision can be made. As a new Councillor, don’t get caught making quick decisions, with limited or no facts and limited discussion. Things that are not as well thought out as they should have been will come back to haunt you and the council.
WHO ENFORCES THE DECISION?
ODDS AND ENDS
The mayoral election is separate from the candidates election so the mayor is selected by voters. The choice of the Deputy Mayor is selected by Council. Normally the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is selected as Deputy Mayor.
Being a good Councillor can be expensive in terms of you time and treasure. It will take up time and energy, not necessarily in meetings but also in considering decisions and researching issues. You'll also be the Town's representative so it's important to be seen at as many events as you can - people (like me) will notice Councilor's presence (and their absence). Of course some of this comes at a cost too - some costs are directly reimbursed by other costs are not. To compensate Councilors to get a quarterly stipend that works out to approximately 7,000 a year for regular councillors, 8,000 for the Deputy Mayor and $9,000 for the mayor.
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