CFN – And then there were nine. Leslie O’Shaughnessy made it official and resigned this afternoon as a councilor for the City of Cornwall.
He spoke with CFN stating the following:
I find it unfortunate to leave Council, but I’ll have more to say on why in the upcoming months.
The City released its own statement through its quasi-news agency:
Leslie O’Shaughnessy has resigned from City Council, effective 1 p.m. today, April 10th, 2012. Mr. O’Shaughnessy delivered a letter of resignation to City Clerk Denise Labelle-Gélinas.
“On behalf of City Council, I would like to thank Mr. O’Shaughnessy for his efforts in serving the residents of Cornwall,” said Mayor Bob Kilger. “Losing a member of City Council is never an easy thing, but in the end, we accept and respect Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s decision.”
As per the Municipal Act and the City of Cornwall’s Procedural By-Law, City Council will hold a special meeting within the next 60 days to begin the process of filling the vacant Council seat. City Council has two options to fill the vacancy – through a by-election or by appointment. In the case of appointment, the City’s Procedural By-Law states that the seat should be offered to the first non-elected candidate in the last Municipal Election that meets the qualifications to hold office.
Rumblings at City Hall are that Gerry Samson, the 11th place finisher may have issues with his residency based on his address for the Provincial & Federal elections.
There have also been off the record comments from some at City Hall who simply would prefer not to see the 11th place finisher around the table for over two more years.
One source on the grounds of being off the record even stated that they hoped that $1.4 Million Dollar Man, CAO Paul Fitzpatrick would come back from sick leave so that he could take the heat for the cost of calling a by-election to keep Samson from being elected.
It’d be nice to see more women around the council table as well; maybe loosen things up from the usual tenseness of this session.
Also, the former council championed causes that many voters are more responsive too and her voting record clearly is not as punitive as that of councilors like Elaine MacDonald, Denis Thibault, Denis Carr, and Glen Grant.
Tonight’s session of Council starts at 7 PM. Hot topic is how to
screw over allow the public input on possible waterfront development in Cornwall.
Non agenda topics which should have council buzzing in its pre-open meeting rehearsal and live session will be what to do about the open council seat and buzz created by former Councilor Mark A MacDonald’s suggestion of Cornwall proactively affirming a desire to have a OLG Casino in Cornwall; something the cash strapped Province is considering across Ontario, and something that makes sense as cash floods by Cornwall without stopping on its way to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino facility just over the bridge.
Mr. MacDonald also sent in the following as to what he feels the direction of council should be:
One of the issues that this Council should deal with is the number of people that are elected to Council.
Recent resignation announcements present a good opportunity to start the process to reduce the size of Council.
My personal opinion is that we can get by with 8 Councillors instead of the present number of 10.
So Cornwallites? Should council be reduced in size? Personally I think we should move back to a Ward system in this city. Do you think the city will jam some flim flam sham on Waterfront Development or should it be an item for the public to vote on in the next Municipal election?
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