While using electronic programs such as Skype to participate in meetings is becoming more and more common these days, Midland council is not on board with the concept.
After a lengthy discussion during an Aug. 27 meeting, council shot down a bylaw amendment, which would have allowed councillors to participate in meetings electronically via phone or Skype.
“In my experience, the person on the other end of the telephone or laptop is not really engaged in the meeting … there is a psychological distance,” said Mayor Gord McKay.
McKay believed the option of electronic participation was a slippery slope that could lead to councillors choosing to use Skype instead of showing up in person.
“This council has to work together. As soon as I…