Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 5, 2018 Council Meeting Notes: The Inaugural Meeting

Like most municipalities in Metro Vancouver, last night was the inaugural council meeting for Langley City. The meeting started with a welcome and honour song from Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel, her husband Kevin Kelly, and her son Michael Kelly Gabriel.

The inaugural council meeting is a celebratory event, but it also contains a key regulatory component in which the mayor and rest of council take the oath of office. The oath of office affirms that:

  • No member of council knowingly took part in vote buying or intimidation in relation to their election to the office.
  • Council members will faithfully perform the duties of their office, and will not allow any private interest to influence their conduct in public matters.
  • Council members will disclose any direct or indirect pecuniary interest they have in a matter and will not participate in the discussion of the matter and will not vote in respect of the matter.

A pecuniary interest means a matter that is tied to a monetary gain or loss. In local government, this generally relates to property where a decision of council could favor members of council, but not a neighbourhood as a whole. A good example would be if a member of council was selling a piece of property to the City.

The following pictures are from last night’s inaugural meeting.

Mayor Val van den Broek receiving the Chain of Office from former Mayor Ted Schaffer. Select image to enlarge.

Council taking the Oath of Office. From left-to-right, Rudy Storteboom, Rosemary Wallace, Gayle Martin, Teri James, Nathan Pachal, Paul Albrecht. Select image to enlarge.

Signing my oath of office. Select image to enlarge.

After the meeting, a reception was held outside of the council chamber.

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