Council cleared in closed meeting investigation

While controversy continues to swirl around the town’s municipal code of conduct, Deep River council has been cleared of a separate complaint regarding a closed meeting held in March.

The Ontario Ombudsman’s office has delivered its verdict on a closed meeting council held March 21 to discuss a development proposal for the Keys Centre property and the town’s fire services.

In particular, the agenda for the March 21 closed meeting referred to discussions regarding the town’s fire services agreement with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

In a letter sent to every member of council and copied to the North Renfrew Times, local resident Larry Dumoulin had warned council prior to the meeting that he would request that the provincial Ombudsman launch a closed meeting investigation if council went into closed session over the CNL agreement.

In addition, Dumoulin said he would file a complaint with the town’s integrity commissioner “against every member who votes in favour of closing this part of the meeting to the public.”

But in his report, Ombudsman Paul Dube says council’s discussions in closed session were justified under the Municipal Act.

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