Province Takes Step to Assist McBride Council
McBride, B.C.- The Minister of Community , Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbender, has outlined some steps that have been taken to assist Mayor Loranne Martin and the lone remaining councillor for that village.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Councillors Sharon Reichert, Ralph Bezanson and Edith Tracey resigned. That action left only the Mayor Loranne Martin and Councillor Rick Thompson at the helm. That’s not enough for quorum, and virtually tied the hands of the Village when it comes to doing business.
Minister Fassbender has signed an order that will allow the remaining two to constitute a quorum until a byelection has been held.
He says until newly elected persons can be sworn in, the Mayor and remaining councillor have been advised not to make any long=term decisions, including any that might create legal or financial liabilities for McBride.
Mayor Martin and Councillor Thompson have been advised to “take immediate steps to appoint a chief electoral officer and deputy chief election officer to run a by-election” Once the appointments are made, the election is to be held no later than 80 days after the appointments and must fall on a Saturday.
The Province has also put in a place a “municipal advisor” to work with the Village staff, council and the community to “help stabilize municipal operations in the short term.” Minister Fassbender says the advisor will “also support the community and council in the long term by recommending strategies for a successful and stable future.”
The inspector of municipalities will be visiting McBride to “meet with council and staff to provide them with additional information about the role of the municipal advisor ” says Fassbender.
“It is imperative that there is a clear path to order and good government so that community members interested in stepping forward as candidates in the by-election will have confidence in their road ahead.”