Ready for a ‘lame duck’ council
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry council recently passed a delegation of authority bylaw which allows township CAO Bryan Brown to act on council’s behalf, in four areas, should the municipality find itself in a “lame duck” situation regarding this fall’s municipal election.
There are two potential time periods when the “lame duck” scenario would apply, between the July 27 nomination day and the October 22 election, if less than four of the five council members are running for re-election, and between October 22 and November 30, if less than four of five incumbents are returning to council.
If council finds itself in a “lame duck” predicament, it cannot take any of the following actions: appoint or remove from office any officer of the municipality; hire or dismiss any municipal employee; dispose of any real or personal property of the municipality which has a value exceeding $50,000; or make any expenditure or incur any other liability that ex-
However, any projects that have previously been budgeted for do not fall under these restrictions. Section 275(6) of the
provides that the authority of a municipality can be delegated to a person or body prior to nomination day for the election of the new council, and that this person of body may carry out the four aforementioned actions after nomination day.
According to the South Glengarry ordinance, the CAO “will report to council on any actions taken under the bylaw.” Due to changes to the
the “lame duck” period for the 2018 municipal election will be 128 days – compared to 80 days in 2014.
A number of Eastern Ontario municipalities have passed or prepared delegation of authority bylaws, including the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, the townships of ElizabethtownKitley, South Dundas, and South Stormont, Lanark County,
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