Cobourg Hosting Open House Regarding Governance Review Program

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The Town of Cobourg Legislative Services Division would like to remind all member of the community of the Public Open House on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, regarding the Governance Review Program.

Cobourg Municipal Council, through the Legislative Services Division and Municipal Clerk is currently undertaking a review of its governance by-laws and policies. As part of this review,
Council is seeking resident feedback and recommendations on the current governance structure and ways it can be improved.

The goal of the governance review and any proposed amendments is to update the current Procedural by-law and other governance related policies and by-laws to streamline processes and improve the efficiency of the business of Town Council and its Committees and Boards.

The Public Open House will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the current Procedural By-law and proposed Standing Committee structure. Participants can speak with the Municipal Clerk to gain a better understanding of the benefits and considerations of both as well as how each system provides opportunity for public input. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West.

Timelines and Next Steps
At the Monday, April 24, 2023, Committee of the Whole meeting, Council made the recommendation to create a Governance Review Working Group consisting of the Municipal Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Chief Administrative Officer, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council to appoint a rotating Member of Council to the Governance Review Working Group consisting of Councillor Randy Barber, and Councillor Miriam Mutton. This Working Group will prepare all necessary periodic reports and interim analysis and updates to Council including public engagement findings and recommendations; and, to draft by-law and policy provisions, with any additional public feedback to be presented to Council at a Governance Review Public Meeting on June 19, 2023, for full review of proposed structure.

A survey and forum were launched on the Town of Cobourg Public Engagement platform, Engage Cobourg on April 25, 2023, and will be available until May 29, 2023.

How to get involved
To share your thoughts on the Governance Review, please contribute to the following public engagement opportunities on
1. Complete the survey – Available until May 29th

2. Ask a question or give feedback in the forum – Available until May 29th
3. Attend the public Open House on May 17, 2023, at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers

Additional Information
For a full report on Council’s current structure, including roles and responsibilities and the Powers and Duties of Council, please see the “Documents” section of the Engage Cobourg
project page for the Municipal Clerks introductory report.

Register on Engage Cobourg Today!
Residents of the Town of Cobourg are encouraged to create a profile online and participate in current public engagement projects. To register on Engage Cobourg, an online public
engagement platform designed to gather feedback and comments from residents, visit and click the Register Today! button.

For questions or help registering please email

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