Ground rules set for October 12th Deputy Mayor selection
New Tecumseth councillors will gather Thursday night for a
locally historic first ever vote to fill a council vacancy created by
the Aug. 1 death of Deputy Mayor Jamie Smith, in New Tecumseth.
Last month councillors decided without discussion to fill the
vacancy from among themselves to serve the remainder of this term as
Deputy Mayor, which includes the seat at County Council.
Ward 5 councillor Donna Jebb, and Ward 6 councillor Richard
Norcross were the only members to declare at the Sept. 12th deadline. They are required to notify
the Clerk by 7 pm Oct. 11 whether they will address council, and can
withdraw up to noon on October 12.
Provided the notification, Ms. Jebb and Mr. Norcross have up
to 15 minutes to make a speech, afterwhich each member of council will
be permitted to ask two questions of the candidate, who'll have two
minutes for reply.
Once the questions and answer period is over, voting will take
place as follows according to the Clerk:
"Each member of Council will vote utilizing a voting card
provided by the Clerk with each Council member's name preprinted on the
card. Members of Council will be asked to cast his or her vote by
writing the full name of one candidate on the voting card and the
member of Council shall then sign the voting card.
The Clerk will collect all marked and signed voting cards
and read aloud the name of the member of Council and his or her vote.
The candidate who receives more than one-half of the votes cast of all
voting members of Council shall be selected and a by-law enacted to
appoint the successful candidate.
Where the votes cast are equal for the candidates, the tie
will be broken by selecting a candidate by lot to fill the vacancy, as
conducted by the Clerk. The Clerk shall place the two candidates' names
into a container on equal sizes of paper and draw the successful
Upon conclusion of the voting, the Clerk will declare the
candidate receiving the votes of more than one-half of the number of
the voting members of Council or the candidate selected by lot. The
appointment of the candidate will be made by by-law and a by-law
confirming the appointment will be enacted by Council. The Clerk will
then administer the Oath of Office."
That will trigger a vacant seat in either Ward 5 or 6, which
council has already determined they will appoint from an application
Thursday night's meeting in the council chambers in Alliston
is open to the public, it begins at 7 pm.
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by Tony Veltri