Coun­cil to ap­point coun­cil­lor to fill re­tire­ment va­cancy

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@postmedia.com

There is a va­cant seat on city coun­cil with just un­der four months un­til the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

Coun. Louis Roussin of­fi­cially re­tired and re­signed from city coun­cil ef­fec­tive Fri­day, July 6, ac­cord­ing to a report to coun­cil at the com­mit­tee of the whole on Tues­day, July 10. As re­quired by the Mu­nic­i­pal Act, coun­cil is re­quired to de­clare the of­fice va­cant at the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing next Tues­day.

The rec­om­men­da­tion is to ap­point some­one to fill the va­cancy who has mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence and is not run­ning in the up­com­ing elec­tion.

“We thought if they aren’t run­ning, then it doesn’t give them an ad­van­tage,” said Mayor of Kenora Dave Can­field. “I think this is a very fair propo­si­tion by staff, so we’ll have to look at who’s avail­able and who would po­ten­tially want to sit for the next four months on coun­cil.”

Roussin’s re­tire­ment also cre­ates a va­cancy for the Kenora city rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Kenora District Ser­vices Board (KDSB). Coun. Rory McMil­lan will be ap­pointed to fill the role un­til Nov. 30. McMil­lan has served on the board for sev­eral years in the past.

“While there is only a short term of Coun­cil left, it is im­per­a­tive to have rep­re­sen­ta­tion present at the KDSB ta­ble to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the KDSB ac­tiv­i­ties and hav­ing a mem­ber with past ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge is ben­e­fi­cial,” the report to coun­cil said. “The KDSB is an im­por­tant board which holds the re­spon­si­bil­ity for many of our vi­tal ser­vices in our com­mu­nity and hav­ing a mu­nic­i­pal voice at the ta­ble is im­por­tant.”

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Long-time Kenora res­i­dent Louis Roussin has re­signed his seat on city coun­cil due to re­lo­ca­tion out of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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