Council term winding down, 'lame duck status' begins
Posted July 28,
There are two scheduled New Tecumseth council meetings remaining, both
in August - Committee on the 11th, and Council on the 25th.
Sandwiched between them is the final AMO Conference of this term, in
Ottawa, Aug. 17-20 (at this post the number of councillors attending
was not confirmed - accommodations, registration, and food paid by
September 15th and 22nd, and November 10 and 17th, are pencilled in as
meeting dates, "at the call of the Chair."
Municipal elections are October 27th, and the new council will be sworn
in December 1st, with the first meeting of the next term scheduled for
Barring any changes when nomination day closes September 12th, New
Tecumseth council will not avoid the "lame duck status" because 75 per
cent or 7.5 of the current council could not be reelected.
Mayor Mike MacEachern, and Ward 7 councillor Bruce Haire have announced
they are not seeking reelection, and Ward 1 councillor Bob Marrs is
registered to run for mayor against Deputy Mayor Rick Milne. At this
writing, Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross was the only incumbent who
has not yet revealed his intentions.
Essa Township council will not be affected, because all five of its incumbents are seeking reelection,
Once the Clerk has confirmed whether 'lame duck status' applies,
council has four restrictions. These are:
(a) the appointment or removal from office of any officer of the
(b) the hiring or dismissal of any employee of the municipality;
(c) the disposition of any real or personal property of the
municipality that has a value exceeding $50,000 at the time of
(d) making any expenditures or incurring any other liability that
A contract could be awarded by a lame duck council valued over $50,000 if it
was included in the annual budget. However, that authority ends, if the
amount of award is over-budget.