Mayor on byelection
Volunteers need not apply to fill Montague vacancy
Mayor Richard Collins is hoping for a bevy of candidates to run in an upcoming byelection, but he made one thing perfectly clear – volunteers need not apply.
“I am not looking for a volunteer to fill this position,’’ he announced at town council this week.
“Anyone interested will be a municipal government official.”
The reference was clearly focused on opposition from some quarters in the town of a proposed council pay increase that has since been defeated. Some insisted town council should be a volunteer position and those elected shouldn’t be seeking or focusing on pay increases.
Collins insisted town council is not a board of volunteers, but an elected body entitled and provided an annual honorarium for services in the operation of the province’s third largest town handling a $1 million plus annual budget.
The town will hold a byelection Aug. 17 to fill a vacancy created by a recent resignation over personal matters.
The six-member council is currently down to only four members as another councillor is on a medical leave.