City of Canning may change meeting days

City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron.
City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron.

COUNCILLORS at City of Canning will decide this month whether changing times and dates around agenda settlement briefings (AB) and ordinary council meetings (OCM) will be beneficial .

In 2016, the City’s AB meetings were held on the first Tuesday of each month, and OCMs held on the third Tuesday.

It has been proposed that in 2017 ABs move to the second Tuesday, while OCMs continue on the third Tuesday.

Chief executive Arthur Kyron proposed the first Tuesday of each month be reserved for the holding of additional meetings or briefings as required and both meeting start times would move from 6pm to 6.30pm.

Additional changes could include reports to council, which will undergo a format change in 2017.

The officer has recommended a move to the front of the report and two tables will be included, one referencing relevant council resolutions and the other a risk assessment of the officer recommendation.

After a series of standing order blunders throughout 2016, the officer recommended citing City of Canning Standing Orders Local Law 2015 that elected members, when wishing to contribute to a meeting, must address the presiding member, Mayor Paul Ng.

It is the presiding member who determines the priority of speaking should there be more than one elected member wishing to speak at the same time.

To assist in managing this and to ensure members of the public can determine who is speaking, it has been proposed elected members and City officers stand when addressing the meeting.

The proposed changes will be voted on at the December 13 council meeting.