THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Port Hardy council has decided to start using a new subscription-based portal for agendas and minutes.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Port Hardy council has decided to start using a new subscription-based portal for agendas and minutes.

Port Hardy council creates subscription-based portal for agendas and minutes

It was a “council decision based on presentation by staff during financial planning budget meetings.”

Port Hardy council is actively working towards being more transparent with the community in the way they do business.

A new service is now being offered by council, a subscription-based portal for individuals and parties who are interested in being kept up to date with the publication of the district’s meeting agendas and minutes.

All you have to do to sign up is go to https://porthardy.civicweb.net/Portal/.

The site states “Welcome to our Portal! Our community prides itself on strong, long running traditions. One of these traditions is getting our community engaged with what is going on at Municipal Hall. We are pleased to introduce our Portal. The portal increases transparency by enabling our citizens to learn about meetings, search for documents, view reports, and more!”

According to Chief Administrative Officer Allison McCarrick, council made the decision to start using this new subscription-based portal because of its “operational efficiencies” and its “environmental impact.”

When asked how the portal became a reality, McCarrick noted it was a “council decision based on presentation by staff during financial planning budget meetings.”

Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas did not respond by presstime to an email request for comment on this new way of delivering council information to residents.

As a comparison, Port McNeill council has used an email list for at least ten years now that anyone can join to receive agendas and minutes (contact the town office to sign up) as soon as they have become made available to the public.