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Ombudsman Report

The Ombudsman Office received several complaints related to the meeting practices of the Board of Management for the Greater Napanee Business Improvement Area (the Greater Napanee BIA). Specifically, the complainants alleged that the board made a decision about charging a levy without holding a properly constituted board meeting. They also alleged that on June 24, 2020, board members met in private at a local business contrary, to the Municipal Act’s open meeting requirements.

The results of the investigation based on the available evidence, that the Board of Management for the Greater Napanee Business Improvement Area did not meet in private, contrary to the Municipal Act’s open meeting requirements, regarding the charging of a levy. There was also found no evidence that the then-Chair acted unilaterally and contrary to the Act in reinstating the levy, as it had never been officially deferred. The Board of Management for the Greater Napanee Business Improvement Area also did not contravene the Municipal Act’s open meeting requirements on June 24, 2020, when it met for a social gathering at a local business. This was not a “meeting” of the board because the board members did not materially advance the business or decision-making of the BIA.

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