Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil­lor re­gains seat

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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Lewis Shep­pard’s seat on coun­cil had been va­cant for sev­eral weeks fol­low­ing some com­mo­tion at a spe­cial meet­ing held on June 21.

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