Spaniard’s Bay councillor regains seat
It was only a few weeks ago that Lewis Sheppard found himself unexpectedly booted off Spaniard’s Bay council over his alleged failure to participate in a vote on a motion made during a meeting. But Sheppard was willing to fight back, and last week he regained his seat on council.
Coun. Lewis Sheppard has officially regained his seat on Spaniard’s Bay council.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, Sheppard’s seat on council has been awarded back to him following a bit of commotion between him and other members of council.
Sheppard’s name was seen on the St. John’s Supreme Court’s daily court docket for a matter against the municipality of Spaniard’s Bay set for Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Sheppard appealed the town’s decision to vacate his seat on council.
On Friday, Aug. 11, The Compass received confirmation that Sheppard had been awarded his seat on council, but was told that Sheppard did not wish to speak with media on the subject.
Sheppard’s usual seat was empty during a regular council meeting held on July 4. During the meeting, a letter sent from the town to Sheppard was read aloud, stating Sheppard failed to vote on a motion during a special meeting held a few weeks prior. The letter said his seat on council had been vacated, as per section 206 of the Municipalities Act, 1999.
The motion in question during the special meeting was for the engineering company involved in a Valley Road subdivision to return and explain the findings of their report, which was being discussed during the meeting.
However, Sheppard had responded to the town’s letter with a letter of his own, which was read aloud by his daughter after the July 4 meeting had adjourned.
In Sheppard’s letter, he stated that he had not been given the chance to properly discuss the motion at hand, and that Coun. Brenda Seymour and Coun. Tony Dominix had dominated the discussion, and that Coun. Dominix made a motion before giving Sheppard the chance to discuss.
Sheppard’s letter went on to state that Sheppard had been leaving his seat as the motion was seconded.
Lewis Sheppard’s seat on council had been vacant for several weeks following some commotion at a special meeting held on June 21.