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Asking for questions

During the first in-person Chelsea council meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic hit over two years ago, Chelsea resident David Stockwell called for more municipal transparency.

On April 5, Stockwell was the first person to approach the microphone in the MRC des Collines council chamber during a Chelsea council meeting question period since March 2020. He asked for municipal committee meeting question periods to be posted online in the same manner as council meeting question periods.

“It’s not just important information that the answers give. It also avoids questions of the same nature from being asked again and again,” Stockwell told council during the meeting.

Mayor Pierre Guénard seemed on board with the idea.

“It’s a very good point,” he said, adding that he hadn’t thought about doing that, but will discuss it with other councillors at their next working meeting before coming back with an answer.

“If all council is in favour, we will start that,” Guénard said.

Ward 1 and 5 councillors Enrico Valente and Rita Jain did not attend the meeting. About eight people sat in the crowd, which left only five seats free because of the reduced capacity, and Guénard said that about eight people attended the meeting virtually through Zoom. This was Chelsea council’s first hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual components.