Sunday, November 23, 2014

‘Lame duck’ council possible

With the deadline for nominations for this fall’s municipal election set for Sept. 12, the town is taking steps in case there is a “lame duck” council.
Pursuant to the Municipal Act, there are provisions whereby council is prevented from doing certain acts once it is determined that a new council will include less than 75 percent of the members of the outgoing one.

These circumstances would apply if on nomination day (Sept. 12), less than 75 percent of the incumbent members of the current council were to be nominated for election to the new one (with a seven-member council, this means no fewer than six incumbents must be running).
Similarly, theses circumstances would be realized if on election day (Oct. 27), less than 75 percent of the current council are re-elected to the new one.
This is because the new council would not take office until the beginning of December.
If either of their situations occur, the outgoing council must not take any of the following actions:
•the appointment or removal from office of any officer of the municipality;
•the hiring or dismissal of any employee of the municipality;
•the disposition of any real or personal property of the municipality, which had a value exceeding $50,000 when it was acquired by the municipality; and
•making any expenditure or incurring any other liability which exceeds $50,000.
If this is the case, council will delegate certain authority to Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig.
This will allow him to make the aforementioned actions until the new council is sworn into office.
Council is expected to pass a bylaw at its meeting tonight to delegate its authority in this manner.
The delegated authority only will come into effect should a “lame duck” council occur.
The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet in-camera first starting at 5 p.m.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a report re: corrections to Town of Fort Frances Zoning By-Law 3/14;
•Minutes of Settlement for 1013 Frenette Ave. (2014), 945 McKenzie Ave. N. (2014), 428 Second St. E. (2014), and 704 Armit Ave. (2014);
•2013 Municipal Performance Measurement Program results;
•a recommendation re: a request for a refund of planning fees from A. Boivin;
•a recommendation re: a donation/waived fee request from Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29;
•a recommendation re: a donation request from Sister Kennedy Centre for the Ontario District 1A Senior Games;
•a report re: the Municipality of Wawa and a reduction to the Power Dam Special Payment Program;
•a report re: repayment of premiums during unpaid leave of absence;
•an expense claim for Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•a recommendation re: a donation request from the Watten Volunteer Fire Department;
•the awarding of Tender 14-OF-03 (supply of a new plow/u-body sand truck and trade-in of 1997 Ford Louisville L8500 single-axle plow/dump truck);
•a public meeting re: applications for tax adjustment at 601 King’s Highway (2012-14);
•a request from the Sunset Country Travel Association re: the town’s annual per capita marketing contribution;
•a request from James and Barbara Adair re: water billing;
•a bylaw regarding certain property owned by the Corporation of the Town of Fort Frances (Huffman Court);
•a bylaw to approve an employment agreement with Elizabeth Slomke and for her appointment as municipal clerk for the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to authorize license agreements, for purposes of utilization of the town’s geospatial data, with Vastamaki Consulting Service and Saulteaux Consulting and Engineering; and
•a request from the Fort Frances Lakers to declare the 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup (April 28-May 2, 2015) as “a significant community event.”

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