Upheaval in McBride Council
That leaves just Mayor Loranne Martin and Councillor Rick Thompson as the elected officials, but with only two remaining, (Councillor Robert Callaghan had resigned some time ago citing health concerns), there is no quorum, so they have no authority to conduct business for the community.
Mayor Martin says she wasn’t totally surprised that Councillors Sharon Reichert, Ralph Bezanson and Edith Tracey decided to call it quits, the writing was on the wall in the weeks and months prior to their tendering their resignations.
The issue, says Mayor Martin was one of attendance. There had been a number of meetings where Councillors were absent says Mayor Martin, and because of that, the meetings had to be cancelled because of lack of quorum, which, in the case of McBride, means three elected officials would have to be present in order to conduct business.
Martin says she had contacted the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development prior to the resignations to ask for direction, “This came down because Councillors must attend meetings” and that “Several meetings of Council have been cancelled recently due to lack of quorum which has resulted in Council being unable to perform its legislated duties.”
A Council meeting that was to take place tomorrow has been cancelled, the Village of McBride website has already been changed to reflect the resignations as only Mayor Martin and Councillor Thompson are listed in the ‘bios” section of Mayor and Council.
Mayor Martin says the Ministry has been advised of the situation and she is awaiting a response. “It is my understanding that the Ministry can either issue an order that the remaining Council members will constitute a quorum or appoint representatives until there can be a by-election.” A decision from the Ministry is expected soon.
Mayor Martin says she didn’t expect this kind of thing to happen when she made the decision to run for Mayor two years ago “You expect that over the term they will do their job, they will read their material and be prepared for intelligent debate when you sit at the table, but you have to get to the table to get to that point.”