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City hopes to solve quorum issues with technology

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February 18, 2015 - 8:44 AM

KAMLOOPS - Last year the city tried to fix an ongoing problem of getting enough members to show up for the meetings by merging the arts and heritage committees but when there was pushback staff was asked to look at another way to fix the problem.

Now city committees do have another tool in their arsenal to make sure enough members can participate in meetings after the use of technology such as phones, computers or tablets to remotely participate in meetings was approved.

The idea was first suggested last April as the Heritage Commission fought off a merger aimed at fixing the issue of getting enough members to show up for meetings. By July the idea was officially pitched and staff began researching the idea and how to best implement it.

While the heritage group asked for the allowance it was realized the same ability would need to be given to all committees and this week council agreed to permit participation by electronic means for a maximum of two meetings per calendar year and only with prior approval.

Members choosing to participate by electronic means will be required to provide their own devices and are responsible for any associated costs. Electronic participation in closed meetings will not be permitted.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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