First meeting of the 2022-26 Chatham-Kent Council. Photo credit: Chris Taylor.

The first meeting of the newly elected Chatham-Kent Council is in the books.

Last night marked the first in-person meeting since March of 2020.

Council has met virtually since the pandemic began and will have hybrid meetings going forward.

Two councillors, Carmen McGregor and John Wright, were part of the meeting last night in a virtual online role, an option Mayor Canniff says is very welcome.

“If you’re sick you should be staying home, if a councillor’s not feeling well or if they happen to be on vacation or something, they can still tie in,” Canniff explains. “It will help the overall attendance and the flexibility we have as council.”

It was the first council meeting for newly elected members Connor Allin, Lauren Anderson, Ryan Doyle, Rhonda Jubenville, and Alysson Storey. 

The public is also now welcome to attend meetings at the Civic Centre, although attendance was fairly light Monday evening. 

While the Police Service Board has returned to in-person meetings, a number of other committees of council will be sticking with virtual for the time being, including the Chatham-Kent Public Health Board and PUC. 

The next meeting, a planning session, will be held in Council Chambers next Monday, November 28.