Arran Elderslie Considers Change
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:51 PMby
Residents asked for input on idea to change to an at-large election system in 2014.
There could be a change in the municipal voting system in Arran Elderslie in 2014, depending on what its citizens have to say over the next two months.
Mayor Paul Eagleson says they're welcoming public written comments on whether or not to continue with the ward system or go to an at-large voting system.
Currently the municipality has one elected councillor from each of the five wards -- Arran; Elderslie; Tara; Paisley and Chesley.
In addition the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected at large.
It's been suggested by some that all should be elected at-large.
Mayor Eagleson says it doesn't hurt to look at change although he believes what they have right now is working quite well.
Eagleson does admit the at-large system has an advantage in that all councillors would be more apt to look at the community as a whole, rather than focusing only on their respective wards.
Written comments on any changes to the electoral process will be received until end of business day on Monday, November 19th.
The issue will be dealt with by council at its regular meeting on Monday, November 26th.
Submissions from the public can be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed in at 519-363-2203 or delivered in person to the Administration Building in Chesley.
Recently South Bruce Peninsula opted to go to an at-large voting system for the next municipal election in 2014.