Municipality considers how
to replace Coristine on council

By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council

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Kincardine council has two choices when it comes to filling the vacant seat left after councillor Ron Coristine resigned last week.

At the council meeting last night (April 9), the councillor-at-large position was declared vacant.

Councillor Kenneth Craig asked what the next steps are in the process.

Mayor Larry Kraemer said that according to the Municipal Election Act, council could hold a by-election or fill the seat by appointment.

However, the by-election was only an option until March 31, so council has 60 days to fill the seat by appointment.

Council could appoint the candidate who had the next highest number of votes for the councillor-at-large position in the 2010 election; or council could advertise the position and select a candidate based on the merits of those applications.

It was agreed to discuss those two options at the April 16 meeting.

The candidate who placed fifth for councillor-at-large in 2010, was Guy Anderson.

Meanwhile, Coristine also served as policy chairman for economic development and tourism; and was a council representative on the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) board and on the Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART) board.

These positions also became vacant when Coristine resigned.

Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said she could take on the economic development and tourism portfolio unless the mayor could do it.

Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said council could wait until May 1 to fill the SVCA and SMART positions, so that could be left to the person who fills the seat on council. However, she agreed with either Eadie or Kraemer filling the policy chairman position.

Councillor Maureen Couture said she could take on the SVCA job, since it has some overlap with her portfolio of planning. She said a policy chairperson should be a sitting councillor, and suggested perhaps councillor Mike Leggett would be interested.

"I would be interested," said Leggett.


Kraemer said he could take over the position on the SMART board for the remainder of the term. "I am quite willing to take on economic development and tourism but I don't really need the extra work."

Council agreed to have Leggett take on the role of policy chairman of economic development and tourism; Couture take over the SVCA; and Kraemer take over SMART.

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