Inaugural city council meeting tonight

Originally scheduled to be held in the Royal Alexandra Hall, the meeting has been moved back to City Hall.

Just a reminder that the inaugural meeting of Cranbrook’s entirely new city council will be tonight, Monday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Originally the meeting was scheduled to be held in the Royal Alexandra Hall at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, but was changed back at a special meeting on Nov. 20.

The original resolution No. 479-14 which provided approval to hold the inaugural meeting off-site was approved by the sitting council at its final meeting on Nov. 3.

According to the notes in the council packages for the Nov. 20 special council meeting, the request to change the location from the railway museum back to city hall came from the Mayor Elect.

“Administration has received a request from Mayor Elect Lee Pratt to hold the inaugural council meeting on December 8, 2014 in council chambers at city hall,” noted the city’s corporate services department in the meeting notes for Nov. 20.

The recommendation was that council rescind the resolution to hold the inaugural meeting of Dec. 8 at the Royal Alexandra Hall and instead have the meeting at the usual location at city hall.

On Nov. 3, when council originally decided to have the inaugural meeting at the Royal Alexandra Hall, there was some disagreement that the meeting should be held there from two councillors.

The 2011 inaugural council meeting was the first to be held at the Royal Alexandra. A that time then Mayor Elect Wayne Stetski said the move was to bring about an inclusive atmosphere from the city.