Can­di­date ac­claimed in South River

Joyce Pet­ten fills coun­cil va­cancy


The Town of South River has avoided the cost of a by­elec­tion af­ter Joyce Pet­ten was ac­claimed as the new­est mem­ber of coun­cil re­cently.

Ini­tially, two peo­ple — Pet­ten and Bertha Tay­lor — came for­ward as nom­i­nees to re­place for­mer coun­cil­lor Larry Stephan.

How­ever, when Tay­lor with­drew her name, Pet­ten was au­to­mat­i­cally de­clared the can­di­date.

Pet­ten is the wife of Mayor Arthur Pet­ten, who is one of six can­di­dates in the run­ning this week for the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion in the nearby district of Port de Grave.

Town clerk Terri Lynn Aisien, who served as the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, said Joyce Pet­ten will be sworn in at the next coun­cil meet­ing, which is sched­uled for Aug. 3.

She will join the other mem­bers of coun­cil, in­clud­ing Mayor Pet­ten, deputy mayor Scott Rose, and coun­cil­lors Melvin An­drews, Pat Cur­ran, Dave McLean and Bev Wells.

It will be Joyce Pet­ten’s first time serv­ing on coun­cil.

“I was try­ing to en­cour­age her not to, but she has her own mind,” Mayor Pet­ten said.

The seat was de­clared va­cant when Stephan failed to at­tend the req­ui­site num­ber of coun­cil meet­ings, as stip­u­lated by the pro­vin­cial Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act.

The Act states a coun­cil­lor’s of­fice be­comes va­cant when he or she “does not at­tend reg­u­lar pub­lic meet­ings of the coun­cil for three suc­ces­sive months.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Pet­ten, Stephan missed seven out of 13 coun­cil meet­ings.

At­tempts to con­tact Stephan were un­suc­cess­ful.

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