Is COVID a convenient excuse, again?
Amherstburg town clerk Paula Parker responded to the request for the policy to be placed on the April 12 agenda and stated, in part, “Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted our services somewhat and this policy, as well as others, have been set aside for the time being until we get back to some sort of normal operations.”
It was in February 2020 that the CAO advised the town was in the process of creating one, prior to any COVID impacts. While I realize COVID has been credited as the cause of some delay for some items, it would be fairly simple for council to enact a policy such as this.
Members of council were then asked to confirm whether or not council has directed administration to create this policy.
Mayor DiCarlo was the only one to respond, “This policy is being created as part of ongoing policy review of all of the town’s policies, not from a specific council direction. There are policies being reviewed, edited and created to address long outstanding backlogs, a direct result of resource issues.”
The request for the policy has been placed under the consent correspondence agenda section.
Any action undertaken by council will be updated.