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Under the creation of the Province of Ontario, municipalities and their councillors are responsible and accountable for certain matters within their jurisdiction. Such powers are explained in detail in the Municipal Act, as well as many other Acts. The role of a councillor is intricate and involved. It typically involves difficult and contentious issues that involve the community and its area.

Below is a basic overview of how your municipal government works.

Role Of Council
Members of Council
Role of Head of Council
Role of Councillors
Meetings
 

Role Of Council

As stated in Section 224 of the Municipal Act, 2001, it is the role of council,


a) to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality
 
b) to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality

c) to determine which services the municipality provides under the authority of Provincial or Federal Legislation

d) to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council

e) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality

f) to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality, and

g) to carry out the duties of council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.

Council exercises its authority collectively and by a majority of votes. Each Council member has one vote.

 

Members of Council

The Municipality of McDougall ’s council consists of 5 members, a Mayor and 4 Councillors. All positions are elected at large to a 4 year term. Municipal elections are held in November. The last election was held October 2014 and the next election will be every four years, so, 2018, 2022, etc.

 

 

Photo: Inaugural meeting of council, December 3, 2014.

McDougall’s current council members are listed below. Click on a council member’s name to send them an email message. Every municipal staff member and councillor's email address follows the convention of first letter of first name followed by the last name and ending with @mcdougall.ca. For example, John Smith would be jsmith@mcdougall.ca.

                                              

    Mayor Dale Robinson


 

Councillor Joel Constable

   

                         

Councillor Kim Dixon

Councillor Lewis Malott

               

Councillor Lynne Gregory


  

Role of Head of Council

The role of head of council is set out by section 225 of the Municipal Act, 2001, which states it is the role of the head of Council,

a) to act as the municipality’s chief executive officer

b) to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively

c) to provide the council with leadership
(c.1) without limiting clause (c), to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1)

d) to represent the municipality at official functions and

e) carry out the duties of a head of council under this or any other act.

As set out in section 226.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the chief executive officer has special responsibilities as the Head of Council. It states that as chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,

a) uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality

b) promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities

c) act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally and

d) participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.”

The head of council has a highly public and prominent profile considering their responsibilities and as such, many citizens have often high expectations for the head of council. The balance of these expectations makes up a large aspect of the role of the head of council. Nevertheless, decisions of the municipality are made by council as a whole. The head of council does not have any more power than any other member of council to make decisions on behalf of the municipality.


Role of Councillors

A municipal councillor maintains a policy-making, stewardship and representative role to play in the municipality. Most of the decisions made by councillors can be controversial and often have long-term conditions that continue to remain in effect until after the councillor’s four-year office term. These decisions should ultimately be made in the context of your municipality’s directions for the long-term health and welfare of your community. They should also be the result of extensive consultation from the general public given that they must represent the ideals of their supported voters.

 

Meetings

As required under the Municipal Act, the municipality has a Procedural By-Law which governs the call, place and proceedings of meetings.

The public is welcome to attend all Council and Committee meetings (for 2015 meeting dates click here). Generally meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office #5 Barager Blvd., McDougall, Ontario. Dates and times may change or meetings may be cancelled or added, so we advise you to check one week in advance of the meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes will be made available on this web page on the Friday before the meeting date. If you wish to appear before Council (make a deputation) then you must notify the Clerk the Wednesday prior to the meeting to be placed on the agenda. On the Wednesday prior to the meeting, you must provide the clerk with a copy of material that is being presented, the nature of the presentation and who will be appearing. Deputations are placed at the front of the meeting agenda so you do not have to sit through the whole meeting and deputation time is restricted to 10 minutes.

Most matters /concerns which are brought forward to a Committee/Council meeting will be heard by Committee/Council. Matters requiring a decision of Council via by-law or resolution will be forwarded to the next scheduled meeting. All decisions of Council or Committee are not ratified as being legal until minutes are adopted and if applicable, appeal periods expire.

Municipal Structure and Employees

The Municipality of McDougall organization structure and responsibilities are as follows, Council sets policy and services to be delivered, administration is lead by a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who has responsibility to implement Council directions through service departments headed up by a manager. See the organization chart by clicking here. Information on each of the departments is accessed on the left side of the home page. To assist you with answering your questions, try the following, if you know where your question falls within our services (department) then click on that department and look at their frequently asked questions. If you can not find your specific question or answer please call the municipal office. The quickest way to get an answer is to tell our office staff what your question is as they may be able to answer your question immediately without redirecting your question. If they can not answer your question, then they will direct you to a person that can help you.