Mayor on by­elec­tion

Vol­un­teers need not ap­ply to fill Mon­tague va­cancy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

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.

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