Ready for a ‘lame duck’ coun­cil

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News ceeds $50,000. Act Mu­nic­i­pal Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions Act Bill 181 (the Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions Mod­ern­iza­tion Act of 2016), Car­leton Place and Smiths Falls.


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,

DE­MO­LI­TION: Boulan­gerie Lan­thier Bak­ery is plan­ning to de­mol­ish three houses on Do­min­ion Street in Alexandria to cre­ate a park­ing lot for em­ploy­ees. As this North Glen­garry no­tice shows, one of the homes had been deemed a po­ten­tial haz­ard. More park­ing...

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