James McLean to fill Melancthon council vacancy

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James McLean of Horning's Mills was selected on Monday to fill the Melancthon council seat left vacant after a resignation.

Four people sought the position created by the resignation of former councillor David Thwaites. Candidates were: Thomas Reid of Masonville area; Alan Wilson of Jessopville area, Jim Turner of Corbetton and Mr. McLean.

The public got its first look at the applicants for the vacant Melancthon council position on Monday, Mar. 8 with a chance to ask questions through the chat function of the online meeting, moderated by the Dufferin Board of Trade.

Then on Mar. 18, council took time to pose its own questions of the candidates. At that time, Mr. McLean said that as a millennial he would bring a new perspective, representing younger residents at the council table.

He mentioned as his priorities for the township: internet access, beyond the current SWIFT project; attracting investment; supporting farmers and bringing the voices of residents around the table.

In answer to a question from Deputy-Mayor Dave Besley, he said that he would be in favour of a renewed Mulmur-Melancthon facility with different uses, especially with support from the federal and provincial government.

Mr. McLean had argued that his work at different level of governments would be a benefit in attracting attention for Melancthon’s needs at higher levels. He has worked in the federal and provincial governments as well as for the City of Toronto and Region of Peel.

Mr. McLean is originally from Shelburne, and worked summers with the Dufferin roads crew. He is raising his family of three children in Horning’s Mills.

Council discussed its selection in a closed special session on Monday, and then came into an open meeting to announce the decision.

The swearing-in of the new councillor is to take place on April 1. Melancthon and the Township of Southgate border each other, and have service agreements covering fire service and recreation.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald