City maintains motion valid

Council vote causes confusion among viewing gallery.

White Rock city council

Despite confusion about a council motion and vote at Monday’s White Rock city council meeting, staff say proper procedure was followed.

Following a report from the city’s planning manager about development applications requiring Official Community Plan amendments, council voted to endorse staff’s recommendations. However, members of the packed gallery expressed confusion that a motion had not yet been tabled, despite Coun. Grant Meyer indicating he had done so already.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin also appeared caught off-guard Monday evening when Meyer said he had already tabled the motion.

“Oh, I didn’t hear that,” Baldwin responded, when Meyer told him he had already moved a motion, and that it had been seconded.

The point at which Meyer tabled the motion is not clear upon review of the online video stream of Monday’s meeting, however, city clerk Tracey Arthur told Peace Arch News via email Wednesday that the motion was in fact tabled “just with (Meyer) stating he’d moved it.”

“The moving and seconding of the motion was done quickly and confirmed by the mayor prior to the vote being taken by council,” Arthur said.

When asked who would be noted in the minutes as having seconded the motion, Arthur said council minutes do not include the names of movers or seconders, however, she recalled that Coun. Lynne Sinclair seconded the motion immediately after Meyer tabled it.

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