Cornwall ON – Kim Baird, Councillor with the City of Cornwall, has submitted her resignation from City Council effective August 20, 2010. Mrs. Baird and her husband have recently sold their home in Cornwall and have relocated outside of the boundaries of the City. As outlined in the Municipal Elections Act of Ontario, an elected official must reside in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of such owner or tenant.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the residents of Cornwall as a member of City Council and even though I have already decided not to seek re-election in October, I do regret having to take this action at this time,” said Mrs. Baird. “I am very grateful for the support I have received from so many different people during these past four years, and I am very happy with what we have been able to accomplish working together as a team. I look forward to continuing to serve the community in other ways in the future.”
Mrs. Baird was elected to City Council in November 2006 and since that time has been a member of several City appointed Boards and Committees, including the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee, Cornwall Public Library, Glen Stor Dun Lodge Management Board, Lay Appointments Committee, Multi-Sport Centre Steering Committee, Recreation Advisory Committee, Transit Committee, Bilingualism Policy Review Committee, and Youth Advisory Committee.
As the resignation falls within 90 days of the upcoming regular municipal election scheduled for Monday, October 25, 2010, Council has a number of options in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act of Ontario, including the option of not filling the vacancy. This matter will be presented to Council at the next regular scheduled Council Meeting of September 13, 2010.