Citizen involvement in local government is an essential part of the democratic process and there are many ways in which you can voice your concerns and become involved. Regular meetings of Council and Committee-of-the-Whole are open to the public. Opportunities are provided at each meeting for members of the public to ask a question or comment on items contained on the agenda. Citizens may also request to appear as a delegation before Council to address issues they feel are of importance to the community.
To appear before Council, you must submit a Delegation Request Form to the Corporate Officer by 4:30 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting at which you wish to appear. Please note that if you use Chrome, you will need to download the form before filling it out, or the information that you have entered will be lost.
The Corporate Officer will review your request and notify you of your approval with a meeting date and time. If your request is outside the scope of the Town of Gibsons authority, staff will make every attempt to direct you to the appropriate agency. If approved as a delegation, please forward any supporting documentation for publication in the Agenda no later than the Monday of the week prior to the meeting.
Council and Committee meetings are usually held in the Council Chambers, Gibsons Town Hall. Delegations are among the first items of business on the agenda, so please ensure that you arrive at the meeting on time. If you have made arrangements to use audio/visual equipment, we request that you submit your presentation to staff the day before the meeting, prior to 4:30 p.m. If you intend to distribute handouts, please bring at least ten copies.
When it is time for you to speak, the Mayor will call your name. At that time, you will come forward to the microphone at the front of the Chamber. Please be sure to state your name and address clearly at the start of your presentation, and speak directly into the microphone provided. You will be given ten minutes to make your presentation and respond to questions from the Mayor and/or Councillors.
Once you have finished your presentation, you may resume your seat to watch the remainder of the meeting, or you may leave. If you elect to leave at this time, please do so in a quiet, orderly manner so as not to interrupt the proceedings.
if you have questions regarding appearing as a Delegation before Council, please contact the Corporate Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at:
Town of Gibsons
Box 340, 474 South Fletcher Road
Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0
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