Ja­worski picked as Coun­ties al­ter­nate

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry coun­cil ap­pointed Stephanie Ja­worski as an al­ter­nate mem­ber to the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry coun­cil dur­ing its April 1 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Coun. Ja­worski – in her first term on coun­cil af­ter hav­ing been elected, along with fel­low first-timers Martin Lang and Sam McDonell, last fall – was cho­sen based on the fact that she re­ceived the high­est num­ber of votes (2,205) among those three coun­cil mem­bers in Oc­to­ber.

Coun. Lang was sec­ond in bal­lot­ing with 2,182 votes, while Coun. McDonell gar­nered 2,031 votes.

In a staff re­port pre­pared for the April 1 meet­ing, town­ship clerk Kelli Cam­peau ex­plains that Bill 68 – the Mod­ern­iz­ing On­tario’s Mu­nic­i­pal Leg­is­la­tion

Act, 2017, in­cluded a change to the 2001 Mu­nic­i­pal Act al­low­ing a lower-tier coun­cil to ap­point one of its mem­bers as an al­ter­nate to its re­spec­tive up­per-tier coun­cil.

The al­ter­nate acts in place of ei­ther the mayor or deputy­mayor should ei­ther one be un­able to at­tend a Coun­ties coun­cil meet­ing for any rea­son.

Mrs. Cam­peau adds that ap­point­ing an al­ter­nate not only en­sures that the town­ship “is equally rep­re­sented at up­per-tier coun­cil meet­ings,” but also pro­vides the al­ter­nate mem­ber “with ad­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure to the up­per-tier level of gov­er­nance.”

Dur­ing last week’s meet­ing, Mrs. Cam­peau said she rec­om­mended the method coun­cil chose to se­lect the al­ter­nate – based on the num­ber of votes ac­crued by each of the three can­di­dates for the ti­tle – af­ter her re­search in­di­cated that other coun­cils “ap­peared” to have used a sim­i­lar process.

And while Coun. Ja­worski gladly ac­cepted the ap­point­ment, she wasn’t ob­li­gated to do so.

“Coun­cil mem­bers will be of­fered the ap­point­ment in or­der of high­est votes re­ceived un­til a mem­ber agrees to the ap­point­ment. If no one agrees, no al­ter­nate mem­ber will be ap­pointed,” Mrs. Cam­peau ex­plained.

She also pointed out that “a few of the lower-tier mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in SD&G are mak­ing such ap­point­ments.”

Oth­ers do it

Deputy-Mayor Lyle War­den told coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion that he and Mayor Frank Prevost – the two cur­rent South Glen­garry rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Coun­ties coun­cil table – “have al­ready seen this in ac­tion” at the up­per-tier level.

“North Dun­das, I believe, did this right at the start of the New Year...and their al­ter­nate mem­ber (Coun. John Thomp­son) sat in for a meet­ing and was able to give feed­back and par­tic­i­pate in the vot­ing,” said the deputy­mayor.

Coun. Ja­worski’s ap­point­ment is for the cur­rent term of coun­cil.

It will be­come of­fi­cial through the adop­tion of a by­law at an up­com­ing South Glen­garry reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

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