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This is a really great improvement! I only wish I could add to my wardmates’s comments a version of the old sign so you can see the difference. You may have “seen” the old version dozens of times and never noticed it!

These are the kinds of practical communication improvements I hoped for for a long time. Big kudos to our comms staff!County of Brant Planning Division and our Communication/Graphics Department have worked together to create new signs to notify the public of Planning Applications for local properties. In the past, the signs were small, orange, wrapped in plastic and often hard to read. In 2020, the new signs (see example) will be implemented: 24”X 36” on weatherproof coroplast. This is a great improvement for making neighbours aware of applications and how to participate in the review process. Thank you to County Staff who are making this happen!
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This is a really great improvement! I only wish I could add to my wardmates’s comments a version of the old sign so you can see the difference. You may have “seen” the old version dozens of times and never noticed it!

These are the kinds of practical communication improvements I hoped for for a long time. Big kudos to our comms staff!

My privilege as the County of Brant Council Liaison to swear in the other 2020 Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce Directors tonight at the year-end dinner for the organization.

www.brantfordbrantchamber.com/board-staff
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My privilege as the County of Brant Council Liaison to swear in the other 2020 Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce Directors tonight at the year-end dinner for the organization. 

https://www.brantfordbrantchamber.com/board-staff

Another important resolution adopted by council yesterday was the changing of our meeting structure.

Currently our meetings take place at a variety of times and hours and can be confusing to navigate. We have streamlined this and beginning in March the core meetings of council will take place on Tuesdays at 6 PM and all members of council will be voting members of the core committees.

This should allow for more community involvement as daytime meetings have been a barrier for most. Also, this will take care of issues around lack of representation and input from council as a whole on certain committees.

So beginning in March each Tuesday at 6 PM we will see the following schedule for core council functions:

1st - Planning Advisory
2nd - Policy Development & Strategic Direction
3rd - Administration and Operations
4th - Council

Also, all committees except council will now have a 1 year term limit for the position of Chair which can not be repeated in back-to-back years and will allow us to share this responsibility.
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Some great changes! I appreciate the members and councillors of council taking this approach - I recognize this may see them spend more time away from their families and homes in the evenings perhaps. Quick question, if you are a voting member of a committee, is that vote tied to participation? While I see where this could lead to more participation, I would also be concerned to see non-participating committee members voting on issues or things they are not aware of. Hopefully the evening meetings will increase participation on committees 🙂 . Do you guys offer free babysitting??? 😉

As a member of the public I have often found it confusing to navigate the agendas and procedures for the various committees. Anything that streamlines and simplifies things is welcome.

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