Council Size Debated
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 PMby
South Bruce Peninsula changes idea on reducing the size of Council in at large system.
(South Bruce Peninsula)
It looks like South Bruce Peninsula voters will be casting ballots at large for their next council.
However the size of that new council has changed.
Council was originally looking to revert to at-large voting, electing a five-person council.
Mayor John Close says the at-large system remains but voters now could be electing a seven-person council -- a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and five councillors.
The size is still smaller than the current nine people serving.
Councillor Marilyn Bowman says she proposed a seven-person council because of the increasing committee work that will be coming up in the future.
Bowman says she feels five people wouldn't be able to cover it all.
Councillor Janice Jackson -- who is not sold on changing the system -- suggested the question of an at-large election be put to a referendum in the 2014 municipal election.
Jackson says in the last referendum, voters were pretty vocal that they wanted to stay with the ward system.
Staff will bring back a revised bylaw for council to consider in the weeks ahead.