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Coun. Russ Wyatt thinks city council’s summer break is too long.
The Transcona councillor tabled a motion at Wednesday’s council meeting, asking that for next year, a council policy be established to ensure that council’s break begins after the August long weekend.
"It seems like over time, the so-called ‘summer break’ has been growing in length," he said while on break from today’s meeting.
He noted today marks the last day for city council, and committee meetings won’t start up again until the first week of September.
What began as a four-week break four year ago has now ballooned into a seven or eight week break, he said.
"It is impacting our ability to do the business of council," he said, using today’s quick approval of the Parmalat land sale as an example.
"This is the last meeting of council and unlike parliament or the legislature, we do a lot of business in the summer, just by the nature of municipal government in terms of building and construction."
The motion was automatically referred to executive policy committee.