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SUMA Regional Meetings Fall 2009 Newly Elected Officials Session. Municipal Councils and Council Meetings. The Municipalities Act & The Cities Act. Sets out municipal powers and duties Powers – discretionary authority Council MAY pass bylaws to establish tax policy

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Suma regional meetings fall 2009 newly elected officials session

SUMA Regional Meetings Fall 2009Newly Elected Officials Session

Municipal Councils and

Council Meetings


The municipalities act the cities act

The Municipalities Act & The Cities Act

  • Sets out municipal powers and duties

    • Powers – discretionary authority

      • Council MAY pass bylaws to establish tax policy

    • Duties – required actions

      • Municipality SHALL provide information respecting education tax collections, etc on a monthly basis

        • More details required September and January


The municipalities act the cities act1

The Municipalities Act& The Cities Act

  • Permissive legislation

    • Powers are broadly described

  • Natural Person Powers

  • Regulatory Powers


Purposes of municipalities

Purposes of municipalities

  • Provide good government

  • Provide needed or wanted services, facilities, etc

  • Develop safe, viable community

  • Foster economic, social, and environmental well-being

  • Take care of public assets


Act principles and purposes

Act principles and purposes

  • Municipalities are

    • Responsible, accountable level of government within its jurisdiction

    • Subject to provincial and federal laws

  • Purposes of the Act

    • Provide legal structure

    • Provide powers, duties and functions

    • Provide flexibility to address needs

    • Ensures municipalities are

      • Accountable to electors

      • Responsible to encourage and enable public participation


Elected official s roles

Elected official’s roles

  • Work collectively, not individually

  • Advocate for community as a whole

  • Respect roles of others, such as the administrator

  • Representative

    • Responsive to public opinion

  • Mandate

    • Empowered to make decisions


Administrator s role

Administrator’s role

  • Advisor to council

  • Implements council policy

  • Towns and villages with population 100 or more require certified administrator

  • Some duties set out in legislation


Communication

Communication

  • With other members of council

    • Focus on issues, not other factors

    • Voice your concerns

  • With administrator

    • Build trust with frank, open dialogue


Communication1

Communication

  • With the public

    • Informal conversations

    • Local news media

    • Town hall meetings

    • Attending council meetings

    • Petition for public meeting

    • Petition for referendum


Keys to working effectively

Keys to working effectively

  • Become informed

    • Familiarity with local issues

    • Knowledge of common issues

    • Participate in regional and provincial forums

    • Municipal Leadership Development Program

    • Municipal Capacity Development Program


Keys to working effectively1

Keys to working effectively

  • Follow procedures

    • Know and understand local processes

    • Understand and accept roles

  • Communicate

    • With the administrator

    • With each other

    • With the public


Contact information

Contact information

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Strategy and Sector Relations

Advisory Services

410 – 1855 Victoria Avenue

Regina SK

Phone(306) 787-2680

www.municipal.gov.sk.ca


What do you do

What do you do?

  • A member of council acts unilaterally and without authorization


What do you do1

What do you do?

  • A member of council refuses to declare a pecuniary interest (financial conflict of interest)


What do you do2

What do you do?

  • The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes a topic of vital importance for the community. The item must be dealt with at this meeting. You will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment which cannot be rescheduled.


What do you do3

What do you do?

  • Council must deal with a critical situation 2 days after its last meeting.

  • The matter cannot wait until the next meeting.


What do you do4

What do you do?

  • A vocal minority has lobbied Council to enact a bylaw

  • Council senses there is controversy – the bylaw suggested by this interest group may not be widely supported


What do you do5

What do you do?

  • A citizen complains about the administrator’s attitude to you


What do you do6

What do you do?

  • Member of council continually disrupts meetings


What do you do7

What do you do?

  • The community is deeply divided on a municipal initiative


What do you do8

What do you do?

  • Council is unable to agree on the priority of municipal projects and initiatives


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