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Tay to appoint LaChapelle as next deputy mayor

In Council Watch
Jan 28th, 2019

by Andrew Mendler Midland Mirror

Gerard LaChapelle will be filling the vacant deputy mayor’s chair in Tay Township.

At the Jan. 23 meeting, council observed a moment of silence for Jim Crawford, the former deputy mayor who died on Dec. 14. They then talked about whether they should fill the vacancy through an appointment or hold a byelection.

“Of the emails received by the township, around 70 people supported a direct appointment and there were 13 that said they would prefer a byelection,” said Mayor Ted Walker. “After discussing the merits of each option, council voted to fill the vacancy by direct appointment.”

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Tay residents favour byelection for deputy mayor’s chair

by Andrew Mendler Midland Mirror January 24 2019

Tay Township council officially declared the deputy mayor’s seat vacant on Jan. 23. They will now have 60 days to name a replacement.

Former deputy mayor Jim Crawford passed away in his home on Dec. 14, just eight days after being sworn in for the new council term.

Although a decision was not made before press time, council had two options to fill the open seat: either a byelection or by appointment.

The majority of the letters and emails received by the township over the past month were resoundingly in favour of a byelection.

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