Council starts process to fill vacancy

Town council has begun the process to replace Coun. Struchan Gilson, who passed away suddenly Aug. 18, after formally declaring his position vacant at last night’s meeting.
Mayor Dan Onichuk said last night that there’s two options the council now have to decide between—declaring a by-election or appointing a member of the public upon whom council can agree.
“Obviously, there’s some discussion that needs to take place around that,” he noted, adding such talks will be on the agenda at the next council meeting (Sept. 12).
Pursuant to Section 259(1) H, of the Municipal Act, 2001, council must declare a councillor’s position vacant if a councillor passes away in office. They then have 60 days to fill the position.
In that period of time, council will have to decide which mechanism will be used to determine who the new councillor will be—an election or appointment.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•referred a financial request from the Fort Frances Muskies regarding 2006 OFSAA hockey championships to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•referred a request from North Air Services regarding an increase in taxi cab rates to the Planing and Development executive committee for recommendation;
•referred a request from the Fort Frances Lions Club regarding the waiver of auditorium rental fees for a charity event to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•referred an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for Tracy Petsnick (515 First St. East) to municipal planner Faye Flatt for processing;
•referred an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Thunder Bay—St. Mary’s Church (201-209 Victoria Ave.) to the municipal planner for processing;
•referred an amendment to the official plan regarding an expansion to St. Mary’s Church to the municipal planner for processing;
•referred a report from municipal planner Faye Flatt regarding a request to purchase town property (Lot 17, Plan SM-69-Crowe Avenue) to the Planning and Development executive committee for processing;
•approved a request from Ed Katona for the provision of 13 Terry Fox coins to present to the mayor and council of Thunder Bay when he bikes there Sept. 18 as a participant in the annual Marathon of Hope; and
•passed a bylaw to approve an addendum to an agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs through its Ontario Small Town and Rural Development (OSTAR) infrastructure initiative for upgrades at the water treatment facility.

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