McBride Waits for Details of Provincial Assistance
McBride, B.C. – Yesterday, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development advised that it has taken steps to rectify the situation in McBride where three councillors recently resigned, leaving Mayor Loranne Martin and Councillor Rick Thompson without quorum to conduct Village business. Mayor Martin is waiting for more details.
One of the steps allows Mayor Loranne Martion and Councillor Thompson to constitute quorum, another calls for the Village to appoint a Chief Electoral Officer and Deputy as soon as possible so there can be a by-election. “We have the Ministry assisting the CAO on that” says Mayor Martin “so we’ll have to wait for their information as to when we will move ahead, but I assume it will be as quickly as possible of course.”
Once a Chief Electoral Officer and Deputy have been named, a by-election will have to be held within 80 days. Mayor Martin says she would like to see a by-election held sooner, rather than later “It’s too important to leave hanging.”
She says the next scheduled Council meeting in McBride is set for the 13th of December “I imagine we will have everything in play by that point in time, It’s just a matter of figuring out the details. There’s a lot of work that goes into a by-election, so it’s just a matter of getting those details down and hammering out the date and making sure we comply with all legislation while we’re doing it.”
It is possible, McBride voters could be back at the polls before the end of February.
With no quorum over the past two weeks since the trio of Councillors resigned, Mayor Martin says things have been quiet “When you don’t have a full quorum, you can’t do Council business, so it’s been quiet in that way.” She says administration has been running the “day to day business of the village.”
The Ministry has also appointed a municipal advisor to assist the village through what it calls ” a transition period”. Mayor Martin says she is waiting for more information on that appointment “We are just working out the details now, so we’ve only had one preliminary discussion on the matter and we haven’t gone any farther than that as of yet. So, as soon as the Ministry get’s back to us, then we can follow up.”