Full Council, Monday 12 December 2016
This meeting will be held in the Council Chamber starting at 6.30 pm.
1 OPENING PRAYER
2 EVACUATION PROCEDURES, INDUCTION LOOP AND TURNING OFF MOBILE PHONES
The Chair will give details of the evacuation procedures.The induction loop for hearing aid users will be explained. Mobile phones should be switched to silent.
3 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
4 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
5 CHAIR'S ENGAGEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chair will inform Council of the engagements she has attended since the last meeting.
6 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
a) Items on the agenda
b) Items not on the agenda
7 PREVIOUS MINUTES
To approve the minutes of the Council meeting held on 26 September 2016.
9 REPORT OF THE JOINT INDEPENDENT MEMBERS REMUNERATION PANEL
The report that is attached as Appendix 1 has been prepared by the Joint Independent Members Remuneration Panel and is submitted for consideration by Full Council. The Chairman of the Panel, Mr Ian Partington, will present the report to Full Council. The report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of an annual review of Mendip's Members' Allowances Scheme, which has been carried out by the Panel.
10 CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
The recommendations outlined in this report are subject to consideration by Cabinet at their meeting on 5 December 2016. To give effect to the recommendations to Cabinet on 5 December 2016, relating to the amendment to the debt write off thresholds this report, this report seeks approval of proposed amendments to the Council's Constitution.
11 STATUTORY PROTECTION FOR STATUTORY OFFICERS
This report recommends changes to the statutory protection arrangements to be applied where the Council is proposing to dismiss the Chief Executive, the Chief Finance Officer (also known as the Section 151 Officer) or the Monitoring Officer. It seeks to bring the constitutional provisions into line with the Local Authority (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations). It includes associated updates considered appropriate to the wider constitutional provisions dealing with matters of redundancy, dismissal or disciplinary action in regard to Strategic Leadership Team Officers (Chief Officers).
12 FROME NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - DECISION TO 'MAKE'
The Frome Neighbourhood Plan has now been successful at Referendum, with some 86% of voters voting in favour of the Plan. The Council is now required by law to 'make' the plan as soon as reasonably practicable in order for it to come into full legal force.
13 2017/18 COUNCIL TAX TAX BASE SETTING
The passing of a formal resolution is required to set the Council Tax Base for the forthcoming financial year.
14 MOTIONS TO COUNCIL
15 QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
To discuss any questions submitted by the public in accordance with the Constitution.
16 QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS
To discuss any questions submitted by Members in accordance with the Constitution.
17 URGENT BUSINESS
To consider any other business which the Chairman decides is urgent.