On July 14, North Grenville Council held a brief virtual meeting to enact a by-law appointing Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan as an alternate to take the place of the Mayor at a July 15 meeting of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. The motion was passed, giving Councillor O’Sullivan the authority to represent North Grenville at the meeting. Only Mayor Peckford, Councillor Barclay, and Councillor Wilson were present at the meeting, as Councillor Strackerjan was travelling, and Councillor O’Sullivan was at work at the time of the meeting.
The reason for the sudden need to hold the meeting was that Mayor Nancy Peckford was travelling with her daughter for a family weekend on the East Coast. Specifically, she was aware that she would be on an airplane at the exact time of the Counties meeting.
The purpose of the July 15 Counties meeting was to discuss plans for the expansion of Maple View Lodge, a long term care facility in Athens which is owned and operated by the Counties. The Mayor and Council felt that North Grenville would have valuable input at the meeting which necessitated having a representative in the Mayor’s absence. The Mayor’s alternate was former Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, but the role was never reassigned when he moved away. Councillor O’Sullivan will now remain as the alternate for the remainder of her term on Council should she ever need to step in for that purpose again.
Mayor Peckford noted that this matter would have normally been dealt with at a regular meeting of Council, but the suddenness with which the Counties meeting was called required a special meeting to be called to pass the by-law.
Mayor Peckford expressed gratitude for the opportunity to have someone represent her at the Counties meeting, and she also thanked Councillors Barclay and Wilson for joining to pass the motion.