Timmins Council Education Day

Members of Timmins Council were elected and sworn in; now is the time to get to work. However, before the board gets down to business, they get to know what their role entails.

An Amberley Gavel partner, Nigel Bellchamber, said what is really important is that everyone involved understands the role of the board versus the role of staff.

“What limits does the province place on you; what requirements does the province place on you,” he added.

City Clerk Steph Palmateer said the Municipalities Act is the main piece of legislation that sets out the rules and procedures of a municipal government.

“It’s a large document,” Palmateer said.

“It is impossible for anyone, whether a full-time mayor or a part-time councilor like we have in the City of Timmins, to understand this document from cover to cover.

New adviser Lorne Feldman told CTV News he was excited to learn as much as possible.

“You can’t just pass a resolution. Those bylaws have to be implemented, voted on, and you just can’t raise something on your own without a bylaw,” Feldman said.

Palmateer, who served as Timmins’ clerk for ten years, said he thinks this new council, along with Timmins MPP and Mines Minister George Pirie, will accomplish a lot.

“Looks like they’re going to work well together. It’s very exciting.”

The first full meeting of the new Timmins Council will be held on December 6.

The complete schedule of the next municipal meetings is available here.

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