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Council Votes in new Deputy Mayor

Posted On: Monday, January 27, 2020

At their regular Council Meeting of January 27th, Council chose Option #3 and voted the acting designate councillor for the County, Robert Potter, as the new Deputy Mayor. Their next decision will be to choose someone to take his position as Councillor.

Council Votes in new Deputy Mayor

On January 6, 2020, Deputy Mayor Bartnicki provided her written resignation to the Town Clerk. At the January 13, 2020 Council Meeting, Council declared the Deputy Mayor seat to be vacant.

In accordance with the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.25, when the seat of a Member of Council becomes vacant, Council is required to declare the seat vacant and determine if the seat will be filled by By-election or Appointment. A vacancy can occur on Council in several different ways, including the death or resignation of a Member, when a Member becomes disqualified from holding office, is absent from the meetings of council for three successive months without being authorized to do so by a resolution of council, is appointed or elected to fill any vacancy in any other office on the same council, or forfeits his or her office under this or any other Act.

The Municipal Act requires Council to fill a vacant Council office, within 60 days of the vacancy, unless the vacancy occurs within 90 days of the election.

Staff Report for the Committee of the Whole session on January 28th will present 4 options"

Option #1 Pass a By-law Requiring a By-Election be Held to Fill the Council Vacancy

Option #2 Appointment of a Former Candidate to Fill a Vacancy

Option #3 Appointment of a Current Member of Council

Option #4 Appointment of An Eligible Elector to Fill a Vacancy

Details in Staff Report attached

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