Another mayor resigns in Cupids, council lacks quorum
For the second time in less than a year a mayor has resigned in Cupids, leaving its municipal government in an uncertain state.
News of Christine Burry’s resignation came to light during last Thursday’s Conception Bay North Joint Council meeting, where Coun. Kevin Connolly asked colleague Gord Power, chairman for the joint council, about what’s going to happen now that the mayor has resigned.
“Are we allowed to operate on three,” Connolly asked.
Burry’s resignation leaves Cupids with three council members, one short of the number needed for quorum.
Power, the town’s deputy mayor, told Connolly and others at the meeting that Municipal Affairs is supposed to get back to the town. He declined to comment on the matter after the meeting when approached by The Compass. Mike Power is the other remaining council member.
The Compass attempted to contact Burry, who could not be reached for comment prior to deadline. Burry has served on council for many years and was reelected in 2009 and 2013. She was the town’s deputy mayor prior to becoming mayor last fall.
Cupids council was down to five members after former mayor Harold Akerman and councillor Darren Akerman both resigned last fall. Francis Walsh, who was elected in a byelection last summer, has also resigned since then.
Under the Municipalities Act, the minister of Municipal Affairs can authorize the remaining council members to perform duties as prescribed by the minister or appoint additional council members. The municipal election is slated to take place this fall.
In a statement released to The Compass Friday, the Department of Municipal Affairs said it is considering options. An interim election is not one of them.
“The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is aware of the recent resignations and is exploring its options to ensure the continued governance of the Town of Cupids,” it said in an emailed statement. “Given the short timeframe to the next municipal election, the depart- ment is currently not exploring the idea of holding an interim election.”
Since the 2013 municipal election, seven people have resigned from Cupids council — Burry, Walsh, Harold Akerman, Darren Akerman, Ronald Edmunds, Thomas Power and Douglas Furey. Henry Hurley, who was among the seven people set to gain a seat by acclamation in 2013, decided to decline the opportunity to accept a position on council.
Cupids town council is down to three members following the resignation of its mayor.