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Highlights from the Nov. 17 Woodstock City Council Meeting

Posted on Thursday November 17, 2022

Woodstock – The City of Woodstock’s first meeting of the 2022-2026 term of Council was held Thursday evening. One of the first items of business for this term was determining council meeting times. Council voted in favour of option three as presented in the staff report, which will see meetings alternating between day and evening. The first council meeting of the month will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the second meeting of the month will be held at 7 p.m. to align with the monthly planning meeting, also held at 7 p.m. on the Monday of that same week. Meetings will continue to be hybrid, meaning members of council, staff and the public can choose to attend either in person or virtually. The meeting schedule will be posted to the Council calendar on the city’s website.

Other items of business included:

Appointments to Advisory Committees and Boards

With each term of council, the City accepts applications from volunteers to sit on the Advisory Committees and Boards that work with the City. These groups provide guidance and recommendations to council on a variety of subject areas. Council reviewed the applications and have made recommendations for the appointments which will come forward for approval at the Dec. 15 meeting. Additionally, members of Council are also appointed to each Advisory Committee and Board. A list of the Councillor appointments is included as an attachment and will be posted on the City’s website.

Capital Budget Preview

Staff provided Council with an overview of the preliminary 2023 Capital Budget and 2024-2027 Capital Forecast Plan. The Capital Budget reflects staff's projection of the requirements to maintain the existing infrastructure and the needs to support a growing community. Projects proposed for capital funding are listed on a year-by-year basis, and financing recommendations are provided. Council will hold a special Capital Budget Review meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. where they will walk through the details of the proposed budget. At the Dec. 15 Council meeting, they will provide direction to staff on what they want to see included in the final Capital Budget and Capital Forecast Plan. For more information about the budget process visit www.cityofwoodstock.ca/budget

Notice of Motion – Reinstatement of Benches in Museum Square

Also on the agenda was a notice of motion, put forth by Councillor Leatherbarrow requesting that Council direct staff to reinstall the benches in Museum Square effective immediately and the remaining benches and picnic tables throughout the downtown beginning in Spring 2023. This item will come back for discussion at the Dec. 15 meeting, allowing time for the public to provide comment so that Council can make an informed decision.  

If you would like more information about any of these, or any of the other topics discussed during the meeting, visit www.cityofwoodstock.ca/agendasandminutes. Council meetings are live-streamed on the City’s YouTube Channel and recordings of the meetings are also posted following the meetings.  

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