by Tristan Turner
Morinville News Correspondent
Councillor Stephen Dafoe gave a notice of motion, a statement of intent, saying he will bring forward a motion at a future meeting of Council, on recording all votes from Council in the publicly accessible meeting minutes. Specifically, the motion would record how all councillors in the minority voted, therefore, all names that are recorded would have offered the opposite opinion to the prevailing vote by Council.
There was limited discussion from Council aside from Mayor Holmes, who commented that in 2011, Council had made this change and reversed it “on the advice of a lawyer”.
Administration was directed from the Mayor and Dafoe to include a legal opinion from a lawyer on whether that would be legally allowed.
This opinion will be included in the discussion at the next meeting of council.
Several municipalities in the region, including Sturgeon County and the City of St. Albert, record votes in the minutes.