The Village of Rockyford has set Monday, March 14 as the by-election date for village residents to return to the polling stations following the regular Wednesday, January 12 council meeting.
A by-election was called in mid-December 2021 after it was discovered an ineligible voter who is not a resident of the village cast a ballot in the October 2021 municipal election. Council-candidate April Geeraert challenged the results of the election in court following this discovery after losing in a tie-breaker to fellow candidate Kathleen Morin; residents will vote between Geeraert and Morin in the March by-election.
Council also had to choose alternative representatives to fill four different committee and board appointments due to the vacant seat on the five-person council.
“These (appointments) could change in October with the organizational meeting, with the exception of the (Assessment Review Board) because that one requires training,” Rockyford Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Elaine Macdonald tells the Mail.
Councillor Tyler Henke was appointed to the Marigold Library Board and Rockyford Library Board for a one-year term; Councillor Bill Goodfellow was appointed the alternative on the Rockyford Community Centre Board during the organizational meeting and will attend these meetings until after the by-election; and Deputy Mayor Leah Smith was appointed to the vacant position on the Joint Assessment Review Board.