The Town of Mono, incorporated in 1850, is one of eight municipalities in Dufferin County and is responsible for lower-tier municipal functions.
The town if governed by Town Council, which derives its authority from the Province of Ontario's Municipal Act, 2001. Mono Councillors are all “at large”. There is no ward system in the Town of Mono.
Lower Tier Services | Provided by the Town
- Municipal roads and bridges
- Municipal water & sewage systems (does not include private wells & septic systems)
- Fire fighting services
- Municipal Planning & Zoning (in concert with upper tier government, Conservation Authorities & the Niagara Escarpment Commission)
- Culture, parks, recreation and heritage
- Civic Emergency
- Municipal bylaw enforcement & animal control
- Governance structure of the municipality
- Tax collection for the Municipality, County (upper tier government) & School Boards
- Accountability and transparency of the municipality and its operations
- Financial management of the municipality
Upper Tier Services | Provided by the County
- County Roads and Bridges
- Waste Management
- Building Department
- County Forests
- Emergency Medical Services
- Children's services
- Social assistance including social housing
Changes made to the Municipal Act, 2001, ensure that meetings held by municipal councils and local boards must reflect openness and transparency even if they are closed to the public. All meetings, including closed meetings, are subject to procedural rules. For example, public notice must be given of upcoming meetings and records must be kept of all meetings.
A municipality can close a meeting to the public when dealing with the following:
- The security of the property of the municipality.
- Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
- A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
- Labour relations or employee negotiations.
- Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals (e.g. Ontario Municipal Board), affecting the municipality or local board.
- Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
- A matter in respect of which the council or committee may hold a closed meeting under another Act.
Two instances where a municipality must close a meeting to the public are:
- If the subject matter relates to the consideration of a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and if the council is the head of an institution for the purposes of that Act.
- If the subject matter relates to a request for council approval to disclose information about hazards or risks to public safety, which the municipality has identified for the purposes of preparing a municipal emergency management program.