Fort Saskatchewan council meetings will now start at 5 p.m. with a 60 minute in-camera (behind closed doors) session.
Council voted on this change at the Tuesday (Jan.23) council meeting. All were in favour.
"It's going to be more time efficient, it's going to allow us the opportunity to put those in-camera presentations in front, so I think it's a very proactive move," said mayor Gale Katchur.
Council was starting at 6 p.m. with in-camera sessions near the end of a meeting. Now the in-camera session will take place first, with business as usual at 6 p.m.
Katchur stressed the importance of having the in-camera sessions to discuss items that fall under Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).
"What we're dealing with is when we have presentations that maybe deal with land matters or third parties, it's really not fair to have these individuals come and sit until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. at night and then do their presentation," said Katchur. "We've been very diligent in ensuring that we are following some of the recommendations put forward under the governance review."