Town council in-person meetings to return in early May

Prefer attending virtually? Kingsville keeps online option
Kingsville councillors will be back at town hall for in-person meetings beginning May 9. AM800 PHOTO

KINGSVILLE — Kingsville town council will return to in-person public meetings May 9, but will continue to give residents the option of appearing before council through video conferencing.

The town, in response to the pandemic and restrictions on social gatherings, eliminated in-person meetings in March 2020. It had been streaming its meetings online one year prior to the pandemic.

Town councillors and members of public have been using Zoom, a video conferencing app, to attend the twice-monthly meetings.

Town administration advised council in a report to keep the hybrid model, allowing both in-person delegations and the use of video conferencing.

“This will provide individuals a choice to participate at their own comfort level,” town clerk Paula Parker told council.

Council also lifted the requirement that municipal employees be vaccinated.

A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Gord Queen to keep the vaccine mandate in place for the town’s volunteer fire department. Coun. Larry Patterson also expressed reservations about lifting the vaccine mandate for firefighters, citing the close contact firefighters have with people in need of rescue or resuscitation.

Queen’s motion was withdrawn after council went into closed session and was briefed on Ontario Labour Code regulations by town CAO John Norton.

“The legal advice was given which gave council enough information to make the decision (to remove the vaccine mandate) at the end of the day,” Mayor Nelson Santos said after the council meeting.

Lifting the mandate mirrors a similar move made by the province.

Human resources manager Jennifer Galea told council 96 per cent of town employees have been vaccinated.

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