Merrickville-Wolford council called a special council meeting on Monday, January 22, 2017. Deputy Mayor Anne Barr presided over the meeting, as Mayor David Nash was away at the ROMA conference in Toronto.
The agenda was very short and included discussion of the fate of the next council meeting, which was precarious due to some “significant staffing shortages” that the municipality is facing. It was decided that the council meeting would be held regardless, but the passing of the budget, and perhaps any further budgetary discussion, may have to be postponed to a later date, as staff may not be able to complete the budget reductions as directed by council at the last meeting in time.
The by-law to apply an interim tax bill for the first half of the year was also passed at the meeting to ensure council met their deadline of January 31. This interim tax rate is based on each person’s property taxes in 2017. Any adjustments needed will be made to people’s bills once the 2018 tax rate is set later this year.
Besides discussing the next council meeting and passing the interim tax rate by-law, the meeting was called to hold an important in-camera discussion about an identifiable individual. Representatives from the United Council of Leeds and Grenville were present at the meeting, and the council resolved to have County Deputy Clerk Sheena Earl act as Clerk during the meeting, as CAO John Regan was away. Two representatives from the County’s Human Resources Department were also present for the in-camera discussion.