Comox bylaw runs into stop sign

The road to restricting political signs along boulevards fronting private property in Comox hit a small speed bump Wednesday as council deferred the motion a week following a series of questions presented to councillors.

The road to restricting political signs along boulevards fronting private property in Comox hit a small speed bump Wednesday as council deferred the motion a week following a series of questions presented to councillors.

The bylaw was presented to councillors for first, second and third reading following slight amendments following review by the Town’s lawyer and staff.

Coun. Tom Grant said he presented staff with a list of questions, but those questions did not get answered through a breakdown in communication.

“Could we put this off until the next council meeting and those questions could be circulated to all of council with the answers to those questions?” he asked.

Coun. Ken Grant noted he would like the questions answered prior to a vote.

“This isn’t a real burning issue — there’s no elections coming up within the next week, I don’t see why we couldn’t bring this up in the next council meeting. It makes perfect sense to me and then we can get proper answers,” he said.

Richard Kanigan, the town’s chief administrative officer, circulated the questions to council, who then voted to defer the motion to next week’s meeting to review the answers.

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Council adopted an amendment to the Comox council procedure Wednesday to allow the results of each vote on a motion to be recorded in the minutes, including the name of any member of council who voted in the negative on any question.

The original motion was brought forth by Coun. Tom Grant at the Aug. 17 council meeting.

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