Council to appoint councillor to fill retirement vacancy
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.”
Long-time Kenora resident Louis Roussin has resigned his seat on city council due to relocation out of the municipality.