Roaming Council Meetings To Continue


Chatham-Kent council made history on Monday night, as they held their first meeting away from Chatham’s Civic Centre since 1998’s amalgamation.

CK Council meeting in Tilbury, October 7, 2019. Photo credit: David Gough.

The council meeting was held in Tilbury’s Ryder Hall.

Rotating council meetings across Chatham-Kent has been something that Chatham-Kent mayor Darrin Canniff has lobbied for.

The purpose of the rotating meetings is to bring Chatham-Kent together, Canniff said.

The municipality held a survey for the people who attended to Monday’s council meeting to gather feedback about having meetings away from Chatham, as well as what worked well at Monday’s meeting and what didn’t work well.

Canniff said they will now assess how effective having a council meeting away from Chatham was and plan on having council meetings in Dresden, Wallaceburg, Ridgetown and Blenheim in the future.

The cost of having a meeting away from Chatham was minimal, Canniff said, estimating that it was under $2,000 in extra costs.