The Ombudsman found that the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe contravened the open meeting requirements of the Municipal Act at meetings held July 25, August 1, and August 13, 2012.
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The Ombudsman found that the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe's resolution to proceed in camera on March 5, 2012 did not identify the nature of the matter to be discussed, as required by the Municipal Act
. The Ombudsman recommended that Council provide as much detail as possible in the agendas and the resolution regarding the subject matter to be considered in the closed meeting, while at the same time balancing the need to protect confidential and sensitive information.
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A different private meeting in March 2012, which was hosted by a wind turbine development company and attended by two of five council members, also prompted complaints. In this case, OMLET determined that the company had invited landowners to discuss the merits of wind turbines and no township business was discussed or furthered, so it did not consitute a 'meeting' of council.
[There was no correspondance for this case]