If city hall had a truancy officer, he or she would likely be knocking on Lise Burcher's door about now.
For the second year in a row the Ward 5 rep had the worst attendance of all councillors last year, attending just 52 of 68 council meetings (including regular and closed-session meetings) and 14 of the 20 committee meetings she was required to attend.
Ward 3 councillor Maggie Laidlaw was next, attending just 57 of the 68 council meetings and 11 of her 15 required council meetings.
Mayor Karen Farbridge -- the only full-time council member -- attended 115 of the 119 council and committee meetings held last year. The mayor missed four council meetings -- two open and two closed -- but got to all 51 committee meetings.
Ward 1 residents should feel well-represented, with Couns. Bob Bell and Jim Furfaro each getting to 112 of the possible 119 meetings in 2011. Bell and Furfaro each missed two council meetings but had pefect attendance at their mandatory committee meetings and also attended 27 and 31, repectively, meetings of committees on which they were not members and therefore not required to attend.
Ward 4 rep Cam Guthrie was the only council member last year to make it to all 68 council meetings, and also had perfect attendance at his committees.
(It should be noted in the interest of fairness that closed and regular council meetings are often held back-to-back on the same night, so a councillor who is absent for one night will likely technically miss two meetings. Also the attendance record does not include explanations of why councillors were absent, such as earning a living or representing the city at conferences or other functions.)