LUCAN BIDDULPH – Lucan Biddulph council has decided to appoint a replacement councillor for Ward 2 in the wake of the recent resignation of former Coun. Peter Mastorakos.
As previously reported, Mastorakos resigned “with deep regret” May 29 due to “personal circumstances” that he wrote to council “require my attention at this time, and I don’t believe that I can continue to serve on council and dedicate the same level of effort, or to a level that residents deserve.”
Council accepted the first-term councillor’s resignation at the June 1 meeting, and chief administrative officer Ron Reymer presented a report at the June 15 meeting on next steps. He informed councillors that according to the Municipal Act, council has 60 days from the declaration of the seat’s vacancy to choose the option of either holding a byelection or appointing an individual to the position.
On Reymer’s recommendation council opted to appoint a member as opposed to holding a byelection. Reymer said byelections can be costly, and voter turnout can be difficult.
With the decision to appoint, the municipality will accept applications until July 13 from qualified electors interested in filling the council seat. At that evening’s council meeting council will see the applications it received and will likely hold a special public meeting to interview the applicants. Council will then decide before the end of July who will fill the seat.
Council agreed to advertise the vacancy in its municipal newsletter, social media and local newspapers.