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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Nominations close soon for BIA in Walkerton

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

A new board is needed after members resigned earlier this month.

There is not a lot Brockton can do about the mass resignation of Walkerton’s BIA Board of Directors. 

December 30th is the deadline for nominations which will determine if there is enough interest from the BIA membership to fill the vacant positions.
Manager Christine Brandt worries if enough will come forward.
Brandt says while there is certainly interest from some business owners many are reluctant to step forward and jump into the fire that the others just jumped out of.
On December 1st all of the BIA Board of Directors with the  exception of the Council representative resigned citing frustration over what they claimed was verbal harassment from one particular business owner.
Deputy Mayor Dan Gieurszak says even if four new members came forth to sit with him on the Board of Directors there would be enough for a quorum.
Brandt says until December 30th it is still business as usual at the BIA with staff doing all they can to promote their local business.
Brandt who will be resigning at the end of the year to pursue a new career opportunity hopes new members will come forth.
She says the BIA plays a very important role in Walkerton and she encourages new members to step forth and carry on the good work of the past Board.
Brandt says a lot of hard work, time and energy has gone into the Walkerton’s BIA and she doesn't want to see that lost.
On Monday night's Council meeting it was standing room only as members of BIA overflowed Council Chambers to see what would happen next for the BIA.  

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