Byelections could cost Carbonear $20,000
Date set for voters to head back to the polls; two byelections possible
It looks like Carbonear residents could head to the polls twice more in the next several months for both a byelection to vote for a new mayor and a second to possibly replace a councillor.
This comes after residents cast ballots in a municipal general elec- tion Sept. 24 and provincial byelection Nov. 26, which saw then mayor Sam Slade run for and win the MHA seat for Carbonear-Harbour Grace. He resigned his seat on council Nov. 2.
During the town council meeting Dec. 16, discussion about motions from the last meeting two weeks prior dominated conversation for more than one-quarter of the meeting.
Several council members admitted feeling misguided over a vote approving a byelection be held within 90 days, as required in the Municipalities Act (the Act).
The confusion was created when some councillors misunderstood protocol if another councillor were to run for the mayor’s post.
A separate election
The Act says a councillor must resign their seat if they decide to run for mayor. But it was only clarified how the town would elect a replacement councillor during the most recent meeting, when town clerk Cathy Somers explained.
It was assumed a byelection for a replacement councillor — if necessary — could take place during the mayor’s byelection at a cost of $7,500 to $10,000. Somers said that was very unlikely.