Boot Motions » Council meeting 22 June 2011 - WorkBoot dig #8
Moved Larsen That, in addition to the appointment of an RMA mediator, a disputes procedure be established for RMA applicants. Applicants can apply on the prescribed form to have their dispute or grievance resolved. If the matter is not resolved by council staff/ consultants within 15 working days (excluding s357A and s357B matters which may require a hearing) then the applicant is entitled to have the matter referred to the RMA mediator. A draft procedure shall be provided to Council by 20 July 2011 with amendments being made and presentation to Council for adoption on 24 August 2011.
This is part 2 of a suggested programme (the first part being in Notice of motion 7) designed to promote transparency and assist those that can bring economic growth to the district as outlined in the reasons for Notice of Motion 7.
This notice of motion has been deferred to the July Council meeting pending a full report from the Chief Executive.
Reasons given by Mayor for accepting –
3.7.7 Chairperson’s recommendation
My analysis -
3.7.7 Chairperson’s recommendation states -
“The chairperson of any meeting may include on the agenda for that meeting a chairperson’s recommendation regarding any item brought before the meeting.”
However this is a “recommendation regarding any item brought before the meeting.” The Mayor has misinterpreted this to mean he has a unilateral power to recommend whether or not any notice of motion actually appears on the agenda.
This is supported by Appendix C, clause C5 which states-
“The chairperson of any meeting may include on the agenda for that meeting a chairperson’s recommendation regarding any item brought before the meeting. The purpose of such a recommendation is to focus debate on a suggested motion.” (Underlining added)