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The Ombudsman reviewed a meeting held by council for the Municipality of Brighton to discuss the performance and compensation of various municipal employees. The Ombudsman found that the municipality failed to state the general nature of the matters to be considered in closed session in the resolution to proceed in camera. The Ombudsman found that council’s resolution did not provide meaningful information to the public about the issues to be discussed because it merely cited the exception relied upon to close the meeting to the public.
The Ombudsman reviewed a closed meeting held by council for the Municipality of Brighton. The meeting was closed under the personal matters exception. During the meeting, council voted by a show of hands to terminate an employee and alter the compensation of several other employees. The Ombudsman found that the resolutions were intended to provide direction to staff but were not properly worded to reflect that intention. Therefore, the Ombudsman found that the votes were improper.