Meeting for input on Hamilton governance
A town hall meeting is set for Wednesday to give Hamilton stakeholders their say on the best ways to build up municipal governance.
The meeting has been called by the Ministry of Home Affairs, with an invitation to city “residents, property-owners and any other interested parties”, a spokeswoman said.
It follows a meeting in May for St George’s, and will take the form of a round-table discussion, from 6pm to 7.30pm, at the New Testament Church of God’s Heritage Worship Centre.
Another will be held for Hamilton businesses at the same venue, from 12.30pm to 2pm, on Thursday.
At the close of consultation, the ministry will put a policy document out to the public for review before a decision is made.
It comes after Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs, tabled the Municipalities Amendment Act 2018 on March 9.
The legislation postponed municipal elections for a year, until May 2019.
The Bill sought to give the minister control over the Corporations’ affairs in circumstances “believed to be in the best interests of Bermuda”, and would allow public officers to attend corporation meetings.
Mr Brown said there were “inconsistencies” in the structures of either corporation, and that there was a growing need for social services.
He added: “I would encourage residents with ideas, questions or concerns to attend this town hall meeting and help us select the ideal structure of these two institutions.
“We must have proper input before making a decision.”
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