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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Brockton Delegates Authority To CAO Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Sonya Watson now authorized to make operational decisions on behalf of municipality.

Brockton is one of the latest municipalities to pass a delegation of authority bylaw, however the motion had to be amended before Council would pass it.

CAO Sonya Watson is now authorized to make operational decisions on behalf of Brockton during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as part of this new arrangement, Brockton Council amended the Delegation of Authority Bylaw to include a provision that it (bylaw) is subject to a review of the recently passed Bill 187 that allows for Councils to meet electronically.

Mayor Chris Peabody says rather than delegate authority, a good number of Councillors want to remain right in the thick of things and meet electronically and have Council make decisions through the new electronic voting provisions that the Province has just passed.

Peabody says Council wants to play a role in assisting the residents with the pandemic and as such he says they are relieved they will be able to do so through electronic council meetings.

Peabody adds that over the last twenty years the Province has worked to train mayors and senior staff on Emergency Response.

He believes municipalities are as well prepared as they can be.

While staff figure out the logistics of holding electronic council meetings, the municipality has also put a number of other new provisions in place in response to COVID-19.

Staff have activated Level 1of Brockton’s Emergency Response Plan and the Emergency Control Group meet often.

In an attempt to limit contact, many municipal staff will work on small rotating shifts, one day at the office the next from home.

Building permits can now be made online, inspections will carry on as usual.

All critical municipal services will continue including garbage pick up.

The municipality has also implement a number of policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide staff with direction on how the Municipality will move forward.
 

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