Gordon Power declared mayor of Cupids, Kevin Connolly new deputy mayor
Questions come up again about process for selecting new appointees to council
For the first time in almost two months, the Town of Cupids held a regular council meeting last week.
It was the first council meeting to take place since the resignation of former mayor Christine Burry and councillor Francis Walsh. Health issues reportedly factored into Walsh’s resignation, while Burry has not publically disclosed what prompted her decision to resign. Seven council members have resigned since the last general election in 2013.
Last Tuesday, former deputy mayor Gordon Power officially assumed the mayor’s chair, becoming the third person to serve that duty during the current four-year term. Former mayor Harold Akerman quit last fall, citing his mounting frustration with council.
Kevin Connolly accepted the Mayor Gordon Power, left, and Deputy Mayor Kevin Connolly at Tuesday’s council meeting in Cupids.
nomination for deputy mayor.
“I’ll take that buddy. I’ve got skin on me like an alligator,” Connolly said after Coun. Mike Power nominated him for the position.
Connolly started off the meeting by raising questions about the process Municipal Affairs used to select the two recently appointed council members — Rod Delaney and Joanne Wells. With the next general election less than six months from now, Municipal Affairs elected to appoint new council members instead of holding a byelection.
Without the appointments, Cupids would not have enough council members to establish quorum at meetings. An attempt to hold a meeting last month failed when Connolly and Mike Power didn’t show up, with both men attributing their absence to health issues.
Connolly asked Delaney, who was seated next to him Tuesday, who made the appointments to council. Delaney reiterated what Municipal Affairs previously stated publically — that the office of local MHA Betty Parsley provided the names to the department. He did not have knowledge of who specifically appointed him.
Connolly disputed Parsley’s knowledge of Cupids and said MHAs should have nothing to do with town business. Connolly also indicated the two people who ran in the last municipal byelection won by Walsh should have been considered for the appointments.
“(Municipal Affairs) should have went to them,” he said. “Why didn’t our deputy mayor (Gordon Power) or the clerk say we’ve got two … who run before and didn’t get in?”
Residents raised similar questions at the failed meeting last month, during which the new councillors offered to answer any questions they had. Following that meeting, Gordon Power said he was willing to recommend those two names — Alice Power and Douglas Furey — to Municipal Affairs. However, Municipal Affairs subsequently informed the town it has no plans to appoint additional councillors.
Connolly later expressed a willingness to work with the new councillors, shaking hands with Delaney at one point towards the end of the meeting.
The next Cupids council meeting is scheduled for June 6.
New Deputy Mayor Kevin Connolly, right, shares some words with Coun. Rod Delaney, left, and other council members at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting in Cupids.