Council mediation taking time

Getting mediation for town council is taking longer than expected.

Getting mediation for town council is taking longer than expected.

Coun. Carla Prediger asked about the status of council’s motion to work on mediation for the group on Tuesday, March 22 during a regular meeting.

Prediger said the original motion was made in January and she wondered what was happening with that request. Mayor Rick Bonnett replied that he has a meeting with Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee set for Monday, April 18 to deal with questions related directly to council procedures and mediation.

“We’re going to talk with the Municipal Affairs minister about how the mediation works,” said Bonnett.

“We’ve got one (councillor) that has said they are not willing to go forward so we need a discussion first,” he added.

If not all councillors are involved or willing to work out issues, it becomes difficult to find a solution, said Bonnett. Prediger questioned why it has taken so long and Bonnett said the challenge has been getting in touch with Municipal Affairs and mediators in general.

The issue for administration is finding a date that works for town council and ministry staff, said CAO Albert Flootman. “We definitely want to see that happen but we’re going to have to redouble our efforts to find an evening that’s going to work for everybody.”