RM of Macdonald council held part of its Aug. 12 meeting in an unusual location — Winnipeg’s Grace Hospital.
Deputy reeve Doug Dobrowolski said he and the other councillors agreed to move their meeting to the hospital so reeve Rodney Burns could attend and preside over the meeting. Burns has been in hospital for many months.
"I think it shows the respect we have for Rodney," Dobrowolski said.
They held public hearings at the municipal office in Sanford, then adjourned briefly so they could travel to Winnipeg and reconvene at the hospital.
In 2013 Burns was given a long service award by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities for his 25 years of municipal service.
Burns’ wife, Donna, said he was happy council gave him the chance to be involved in the August meeting.
"He was very pleased that they would bring the meeting to the hospital," she said.
Due to his health, Burns won’t be running for reeve in the Oct. 22 municipal election.
"He will really miss being on council," Donna said.