Another mayor re­signs in Cupids, coun­cil lacks quo­rum

The Compass - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Cupids town coun­cil is down to three mem­bers fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of its mayor.

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