Sundridge town council will try a second time to fill a vacant council seat after former councillor Steve Hicks turned in his resignation. Hicks' resignation took effect May 6 and the municipality gave itself until June 1 to find a possible replacement. However no one applied by the deadline. But Mayor Lyle Hall said following the deadline he's been in communication with an individual who is interested in filling the empty seat. Staff have reposted the position and the public has until June 16 at 2 p.m. to put their names forward. The posting can be seen online at www.sundridge.ca/en/news/council-vacancy-call-for-nomination.aspx and also at the municipal office. It explains the eligibility requirements for interested applicants. Candidates can also submit a one-page statement about themselves. The selection process will be part of the June 22 council meeting where members of council will ask the nominees questions. If more than three people apply for the vacancy, the council will hold a special meeting prior to the regular June 22 meeting. Potential nominees can send questions to clerk administrator Nancy Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org Hicks, who was a first term councillor, quit because of issues he's had with the Township of Strong council, particularly with the fire board and medical board, which are services both municipalities share.
Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget