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Politicians workin' on weekends

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

Local politicians could be working on weekends in order to address some concerns from residents who call or email outside the usual workweek.

A rotation schedule is going to be created where each council member is responsible for responding to council emails and concerns one weekend every 11 weeks.

“A lot of issues (that come in on weekends) are related to council,” says Mayor John Henry. “I’d like to share the work equally. As long as the security desk knows there is someone to contact, I think it would make life easier. We are 24-7.”

The schedule could be flexible but arranged alphabetically by surname in order to allow for easier scheduling and workability, the motion brought forth from Mayor Henry states.

The issue was addressed during a recent Finance and Administration Committee meeting, where the members of committee were in unanimous support.

“We’ve had queries and people saying there’s nobody here,” says Councillor Bruce Wood. “It’s better transparency. It (council business) is not all between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.”

Councillor John Aker agrees.

“I think it is appropriate to share the load,” he says. “It’s one weekend out of 11. It would also relieve the mayor.”

The motion will go for final approval at council Jan. 31.


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