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Goderich Updates Code Of Conduct

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

New code includes how to interact with other councillors and the public.

The Town of Goderich now has an updated code of conduct.

Council held a special meeting early Thursday morning to debate and vote on two new by-laws that put the policy in place, just ahead of a provincially-imposed deadline.

Mayor John Grace tells Country 104.9 News that the new code of conduct strengthens the policy put in place back in 2013, and is more in tune with today's provincial legislation.

Grace points out that the document gives clearer direction to Councillors and staff on how to deal with each other and the public in cases of conflict or complaints.

The updated code also clarifies penalties that can be imposed by the Integrity Commissioner, in cases of violations.

Deputy Mayor Myles Murdock says that Council and staff need to be seen as working together.

He continues that Councillors who vote against a motion, recommendation or by-law that is adopted, must support the decision no matter how they feel about it on a personal level.

The special meeting was held in the hope all members of Council could attend.

The code of conduct vote was to have been taken on February 19th, when two Councillors were absent.

Two members were absent for Thursday's vote.

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