Joanne de Visser
The Blue Mountains Public Library Board meets on the third Thursday of each month in the L.E. Shore Branch boardroom no less than ten months a year. Typically the board does not meet in December and one of either July or August. At the first meeting of the Board, on January 19, 2023, this Board will set the time of the meetings for the rest of the term.
In Meeting Agendas & Minutes you will find each of our Open Session Board packages, loaded 1 week prior to the meeting, as well as Minutes for these meetings following the next regular meeting. You will also find how to add your voice to our meetings including making a deputation or providing public input on the agenda. We encourage the community to review the agenda prior to attendance in the event that a time has been changed or the board is beginning with a Closed Session.
Library Board meetings are open to the public and the agendas are posted on our website.
The Public Libraries Act states: “A meeting or part of a meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered is,
a. The security of the property of the board;
b. Personal matters about an identifiable individual;
c. A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the board;
d. Labour relations or employee negotiations;
e. Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the board;
f. Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;
g. A matter in respect of which a board or committee of a board may hold a closed meeting under another Act which includes The Municipal Act section 239.3.1 Closing for Education & Training Sessions.
You can see that the reasons for going into a closed session pertain primarily to employee relations, property, bids & tenders, and legal issues. The Board must follow these stipulations. All other topics that do not fit into these categories are handled in the open session meetings.