In a press release sent to The Bancroft Times and also posted on their website and Facebook pages, South Algonquin Township announced that they had filled the vacancy in Dickens ward with the appointment by council of William Rodnick, a former councillor in the township with many years of experience in municipal politics, including eight years as a councillor for Dickens ward in South Algonquin Township from 2010 to 2018.
The vacancy in Dickens ward came about as a result of the resignation of Councillor Joe Vermaire back on July 27. At their Aug. 4 meeting, South Algonquin township council voted to fill the vacancy by appointing a suitable candidate versus having a by-election, as a by-election at this point would be cost-prohibitive and would save time, with only 15 months to go until the next municipal election.
In the press release from Sept. 7, Mayor Jane Dumas thanked all the applicants who put their names forward to fill the Dickens ward vacancy. She said they had a number of excellent candidates and she and council were pleased that so many people were interested in serving the community by wanting to serve on the township council.
After much debate and discussion, Dumas said that council decided to appoint Rodnick to the vacancy.
“Mr. Rodnick has spent eight years on the local municipal council and decided prior to the last election that due to work commitments at that time to step away from the table,” she said in the press release. “We hope you will join us in welcoming Mr. Rodnick back as your Dickens ward representative on municipal council.”
Rodnick says he was very excited to be appointed to represent Dickens ward and that he and his wife Kim have been year-round residents on Aylen Lake for about 15 years.
“I look forward to working with the rest of council in completing any projects and plans as well as addressing any issues that come up. Council members all have a diversified background and bring different skills to the table. I just want to contribute what I can with my background in finance. It is a great sense of accomplishment when you can do things that can enhance your community and make life just a little better for all,” he says.
Rodnick says that he hopes to run in the next general election in 2022 and he hopes to serve the residents of Dickens ward, is willing to represent them for as long as they want him to and to do it well enough to earn their votes.
“I was very happy to see the level of interest in this position. It demonstrates that people are taking a greater interest in what transpires in our area and offer additional skills to our community. We live in a great area and I intend to spend the rest of my life here. I have a vested interest in seeing it thrive,” he says. “The residents can feel free to contact me directly to ask questions or if I can be of any assistance to them.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times