By Robert Washburn
Bylaw, policies and procedures are pretty dry stuff, but it is a vital part of municipal life.
While not exciting for the average person, Cobourg municipal clerk Lorraine Brace said it does have an impact. It ensures when people come to town hall there are transparency, openness, clarity and timely communications when residents want things, including everything from a dog licence to a building permit.
The review of policy and procedures is part of an ongoing regular municipal council maintenance process. The last time it was done was in 2004 with minor updates over time, she said. The current review is part of the Draft 2011-2014 Town of Cobourg Strategic Plan Objectives, she said.
From the perspective of municipal staff, the review provides direction and clear procedures to ensure council’s vision are delivered, she added. It serves as a manual or guide for the entire operation.
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