Wood wants mayor’s chair

Lit­tle­john to of­fi­cially re­sign at Tues­day coun­cil meet­ing

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

The man who has served as the act­ing mayor of the Town of Bay Roberts for the past three months is hop­ing to oc­cupy the po­si­tion on a more per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Philip Wood con­firmed re­cently that he would like to carry on as mayor for the re­main­der of the cur­rent term, which ex­pires in just un­der two years.

“I have the in­ter­est and the time, and based on that, I am more than will­ing,” Wood stated Oct. 12, the day af­ter Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john marched to vic­tory in the provin­cial gen­eral elec­tion, be­com­ing the new PC MHA­elect for Port de Grave district.

Lit­tle­john de­feated his Lib­eral op­po­nent by more than 1,600 votes, and is ex­pected to ten­der his res­ig­na­tion to the Town of Bay Roberts at the Oct. 25 coun­cil meet­ing.

A spe­cial event is be­ing planned that will in­clude former may­ors Wil­bur Sparkes, Ge­orge Mercer and Eric Dawe.

Lit­tle­john has served on coun­cil for 14 years, and has been mayor for the last six years.

Wood, a re­tired educator, was elected to coun­cil in a by­elec­tion in Septem­ber 2008, and was named deputy mayor af­ter his re­elec­tion in the fall 2009 gen­eral elec­tion.

He be­came act­ing mayor af­ter Lit­tle­john be­gan a leave of ab­sence in July in or­der to con­cen­trate on his cam­paign.

Lit­tle­john’s de­par­ture cre­ates a va­cancy on coun­cil, and will re­quire a by­elec­tion in the com­ing weeks. But it’s un­clear how coun­cil will pro­ceed.

Here are some op­tions avail­able to coun­cil:

• make Wood the mayor, and call a by­elec­tion to fill the va­cancy;

• ap­point an­other mem­ber of coun­cil to the mayor’s post, and call a by­elec­tion for coun­cil­lor;

• hold an elec­tion for mayor, and at the same time hold a by­elec­tion for any seats va­cated by those who wish to chal­lenge for the mayor’s job.

Wood said these op­tions will not be con­sid­ered un­til Lit­tle­john of­fi­cially presents his res­ig­na­tion.

“But if coun­cil de­cides to pass a mo­tion that I con­tinue, I’ll be happy and con­tent with that,” Wood stated.

Wood ex­pects a by­elec­tion will take place be­fore the end of the year.

“ We’d like have that new coun­cil­lor or new per­son in­volved in the bud­getary process in early De­cem­ber” he said.

If Wood be­comes mayor, his an­nual re­mu­ner­a­tion will jump from the deputy mayor’s rate of $11,000 to $14,000. Town coun­cil­lors re­ceive $9,000.

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