Jaworski picked as Counties alternate
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.