Council is the legislative body that represents the citizens of Bowen Island by providing leadership and direction in establishing policies and priorities for Bowen Island’s municipal operations. Council is also responsible for reviewing and approving budget level for civic operations, capital expenditures and contributions to savings.
Bowen Island Municipal Council consists of a Mayor and six Councillors. All members of Council are elected in accordance with legislation set out in the Community Charter and Local Government Act, and hold office for four years.
We appreciate your interest in local government and will make it a priority to be accessible by providing opportunities for you to participate at Council meetings. Regular Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, except for the month of August.
There are several ways to keep up with Council business:
- Subscribe to our mailing list - you will receive e-mail updates when meeting agendas are published, highlights from the meetings and other important Municipal news
- Read meeting agendas and minutes on the Municipal website
- watch the livestream video of the meetings
- watch the recorded video of the meeting
- read Council highlights
- Contact the Administration Department if you need any further information on any council related matter
Types of Council meetings
Regular Council Meetings
Regular Council meetings are scheduled at 7:15 PM on the second Monday of the month and 9:30 AM on the fourth Monday of each month, in the Council Chambers at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan lane, Bowen Island. Meeting agendas are available by 4:30 pm on the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting.
Special Council Meetings
Special Council meetings are held as needed to address emerging issues. The Municipality provides at least 24 hours notice of meeting dates and start times on the website, the bulletin board in the Municipal Office. Notices also describe in general terms the purpose of meetings. Speakers are generally not heard at Special Council meetings.
Committee of the Whole Meetings
Committee of the Whole meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis and provide for more in-depth and less formal discussion on specific topics. Council may move from a Regular Council meeting into a Committee of the Whole at any time during a meeting. Decisions made at Committee of the Whole need to be ratified at either a Regular or Special Council meeting.
Portions of meetings may be closed to the public when sensitive or confidential Municipal business is being considered. Council is authorized to close meetings only under the circumstances set out in section 90 of the Community Charter.
How to get involved
A 15 minute period of 'Public Comments' is scheduled at the beginning of each Regular Council meeting. Members of the public may speak on any item of interest. The number of speakers may be limited due to time constraints, however Council will make every effort to hear all members of the public.
Some tips for speaking during public comments:
- Add your name to the Public Comments sign in sheet before or at the opening of the meeting
- The Mayor or presiding member will call your name when it is your turn to speak
- You may stand or sit at the speaker's table - make yourself comfortable
- Introduce yourself - your name and address would be very helpful and appreciated
- You may address the Mayor as 'Your Worship' or 'Mayor Skeels'; other Councillors may be addressed as 'Councillor..." (e.g. Councillor Smith)
- The Mayor or presiding member will let you know how much time you have to speak, based on the amount of speakers on the list for any given meeting
Write to Council
If you would prefer to provide your comments in writing, you may write to Mayor and Council.
Please send your e-mail to email@example.com. It will be received by all members of Council, and will be added to an upcoming meeting agenda.
Address your correspondence to Mayor and Council and send it to 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC.
Please note that written correspondence will become a part of the public record.
Appear before Council as a Delegation
If you would like to appear formally before Council, you may request to attend as a Delegation. This may include making a verbal and/or an electronic presentation, or updating Council on a project, idea or concept. It is important to note that the purpose of a Delegation is for information only. Council does not make decisions on the presentation, although they may choose to direct staff to report back with further information.
The procedures for Delegations are outlined under Section 19 of the Bowen Island Municipality Procedure Bylaw No. 111, 2004.
The Deputy Corporate Officer accepts applications to appear as a delegation. Please send your application at least 10 calendar days prior to the next meeting. Applicants will be contacted, following agenda review, to advise on what meeting date the Delegation may be scheduled for.
Please send your application to the attention of the Deputy Corporate Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the words "Application for Delegation" in the subject line. Further, if you wish to discuss a delegation, the Deputy Corporate Officer will assist in this regard.
The Council Meeting Highlights provide a summary of the business conducted at each Council meeting.