Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

Deputy Mayor Shaun Henry has announced his resignation and council has set the official date for a byelection to fill his seat at the table.

A resolution was passed at the regular meeting on Jan. 28 to set a date for the byelection. Council also passed resolutions to set the remuneration rates for election officials and to call for criminal record checks to accompany the election nomination forms.

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“I’ll be leaving town at the end of February,” said the deputy mayor, who chaired the meeting with Mayor Rod Perkins away on holidays. He said that council could start the process for the byelection even though he would continue to serve on council until his family moves.

The byelection has been set for April 3 and chief administrative officer Audrey Hebert would be the town’s returning officer for the election. Henry said the successful candidate will serve on council for about 18 months before the next municipal election.

Henry, who was first elected to council in a byelection in February 2014 and re-elected in 2016, said it would be nice if more than one person gets nominated for the position, but the successful candidate will be able to test the waters before deciding whether to run in the general election in 2020.

Council passed a resolution to set the remuneration rates for the returning officer, deputy returning officer, election constable and election clerk. Henry added that council required record checks for candidates in 2016 and he did not hear any concerns.

Other meeting highlights

The town’s elected officials have passed a resolution to choose a company to design the town’s new website. A company based in Kindersley has been selected.

Council has directed town officials to enter into an agreement with JEM Creative Solutions to provide website hosting services to the Town of Kindersley. Deputy Mayor Shaun Henry said council discussed various proposals in response to the tender process.