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Essex to Hold Public Information Sessions on Council and Ward Structure

Posted on Wednesday March 08, 2017

The Town of Essex is seeking public input on matters that may affect the next municipal election.

The Council and Ward Structure Review will consider the composition of Town Council, the process by which the Deputy Mayor is elected, and the number and size of wards.

“It’s been almost 20 years since amalgamation,” says Rob Auger, Town Clerk and Manager of Legislative Services. “Council is conducting this review to ensure that the ward and council structure continues to provide a system of effective and equitable representation for all residents.”

Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. have been retained to conduct the review, which includes public and stakeholder consultations. Representatives from Watson and Associates will be on hand at the following Public Information Sessions to present draft options and gather public feedback:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Essex Centre Sports Complex – Shaheen Room
60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex Centre

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Camoes Portuguese Club
290 Sinasac Avenue West, Harrow Centre

Following the public consultation process, Watson and Associates will present their findings and a set of options for Council’s consideration. Any changes to the ward or council structure must be confirmed in a municipal by-law that is passed prior to December 31, 2017.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend one of the Public Information Sessions to learn more about the review and to provide input.