Councillor wants votes revealed

Vernon Coun. Bob Spiers calls for veil of secrecy to be lifted at city hall

There is a push to partially lift the veil of secrecy at Vernon city hall.

Coun. Bob Spiers has brought forward a notice of motion that calls on councillors’ voting records in private meetings to be made public once the final outcome is declassified.

“It’s good and open government,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

While some councillors have previously disclosed how they have voted in-camera, there is some question as to whether they are breaking provincial legislation by disclosing details from a private session.

The issue of how councillors have voted in-camera recently surfaced with decisions on not renewing a service contract with Okanagan Landing firefighters and bidding on Ironman Canada.

Spiers believes there is a need for clear guidelines.

“Nobody should have to hide behind in-camera on how they voted,” he said.

Spiers’ notice of motion will be considered by council members Oct. 9.