Opening up City Hall

This week we had the first ever Open Delegation at City Council – Peter Burstzyn, of the Barrie Windcatchers.

Barrie Council has not had an open segment before.  In fact, in the bad old days (ie. before last week), there was no way for residents to simply address their City Council – the only way you could get on Council’s agenda was to be opposed to something that has been discussed the previous week – confusing and very limiting.

With Open Delegations there is the opportunity to any member of the public to speak to Council, on any topic related to the City of Barrie.  It’s a relatively small change but I think a very important one – part of opening up City Hall to more public input.