The size of London’s City Council will be up for debate Monday, following one member’s concern over time demands, work load, and sustainability.
Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert has put forward a letter asking staff to look into the possibility of reducing the number of councillors who sit around the horseshoe, as well as making the position full-time.
“The purpose of the letter is to ask council their perspective on whether council should be more a full-time arrangement, whether we should have fewer councillors working more hours, if you will, and how we organize ourselves on a go-forward basis,” said Hubert.
Hubert says the city of Edmonton, with over 800,000 residents, has 12 councillors and a mayor, while London, a city of just over 366,000 residents, has 14 councillors and a mayor.
“We, at one time, had a council of 19,” said Hubert.
“With Board of Control in 2010, we went from 19 to 15, and certainly what I have seen in the 10 years that I have been on Council, the work load, the complexity of the issues, the research that is being required, the level of community engagement through various channels, whether it be social media, community meetings, has increased substantially.”
Hubert suggests Council be reconfigured into a smaller group of 10 councillors and a mayor, with ward boundaries redrawn to coincide. He would like to see committee meetings held during the day, with the exception of Public Participation meetings.
The three-term Councillor suggests the elected positions be considered full-time with salaries to reflect that, and would like to see any changes enacted in time for the next election in 2018.
Hubert’s letter will be considered at Monday’s Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting, starting 4 o’clock.
With files from Jess Brady, AM980 News.