Members of Council are trustees for the public and there is an expectation that Members of Council will operate from a base of integrity, transparency, justice and courtesy. As a result, the Municipal Council of the Town of Fort Erie approved a Code of Conduct for Members of Council and local boards.
The Code of Conduct is not intended to replace personal ethics but is a written guide designed to ensure that Members of Council share a common standard of acceptable conduct to enhance public confidence that Council operates from a base of justice, courtesy, integrity and transparency.
The key statements of principle that underlie the Code of Conduct are as follows:
- To maintain and enhance public confidence and trust in the integrity of members as well as the respect and confidence that society places in the institution of local government.
- To demonstrate to the public that members are held to standards that place the public interest ahead of their private interests and to provide a transparent system by which the public may judge this to be the case.
- To provide for greater certainty and guidance for members in how to reconcile their private interests with their public duties and functions.
- To foster consensus among members by establishing common standards and by providing the means by which questions relating to proper conduct may be answered by an independent, non-partisan advisor.
Notice of Collection: Notice to people writing to the Town of Fort Erie – The Municipal Code authorizes the Town of Fort Erie to collect personal information in any communication with Town Council or its committees. The Town collects this information to enable it to make informed decisions on the relevant issue(s). If you are submitting letters, faxes, emails, presentations or other communications to the Town, you should be aware that your name and the fact that you communicated with the Town will become part of the public record. The Town also makes your communication and any personal information in it – such as your postal address, telephone number or email address – available to the public. If there is a health and/or public safety reason, you may expressly request the Town not to make your postal address, telephone number or email address available to the public.