Bri­gus deal­ing with coun­cil­lor loss

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

A year af­ter for­mer coun­cil­lor Michael Fowler ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion, the Town of Bri­gus is deal­ing with the loss of yet an­other mu­nic­i­pal leader.

Coun. Pauline Mercer, who joined coun­cil for the first time af­ter the Septem­ber 2009 elec­tion, re­signed last month.

The loss of Mercer leaves Bri­gus with just six coun­cil­lors.

There are no plans to call for a by­elec­tion.

“I guess, she felt it was bet­ter to be away from it,” said town clerk Wayne Rose.

Ac­cord­ing to Rose, if a res­ig­na­tion of a coun­cil­lor falls within 12 months of the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, it is at the dis­cre­tion of the coun­cil whether it wants to fill the va­cant seat.

Coun­cil­lors in Bri­gus de­cided against a sec­ond by­elec­tion this year, and will fin­ish out this term one short of a full slate, which is still enough for a quo­rum.

Mercer’s de­par­ture leaves Bri­gus town coun­cil con­sist­ing of Mayor By­ron Rod­way, Deputy Mayor Ralph Trick­ett, and coun­cil­lors Lorne Youden, Faith

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca Roberts-Pike, Greg His­cock and Roy Clarke.

When con­tacted by The Com­pass, Mercer de­clined to com­ment on her res­ig­na­tion.

Com­pass file photo

The Town of Bri­gus will op­er­ate with a re­duced town coun­cil un­til the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion next year af­ter for­mer coun­cil­lor Pauline Mercer re­signed last month.

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