There will be no byelection to fill the South Centre ward seat on Brandon City Council.
Councillors voted this week to wait until the October municipal election to fill the spot left vacant by former councillor Garth Rice.
Given the close proximity to the fall election and the cost (estimated at $13,000), administration made the recommendation to not hold a byelection.
“To arrange for a byelection would require the necessary advertising, securing an election office and the hiring and training of election staff,” said city clerk Con Arvisais. “It is estimated that given these types of arrangements, it would be the end of May or the beginning of June before the byelection could be held.”
Rice resigned from council on March 31, after serving 12 years. He accepted an equipment operator position with the city’s sewer and water department, which disqualifies him from continuing as a member of council.
Coun. Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres) and Coun. Len Isleifson (Riverview) have volunteered to support South Centre residents in the meantime.
“I’m relieved that some of the other members of council… have offered to come forward and be the contact people, that makes it a little easier,” Arvisais said. “The administration will help where it can, but nothing like having a councillor by name available to help with the residents.”
Chaboyer can be reached at 204-726-4447 and Isleifson’s contact number is 204-726-4984.
Rice’s various committee/board obligations will be addressed at the next council meeting, with councillors filling in.
City council and school board elections take place on Oct. 22.
Meanwhile, the city launched an election website this week called brandonvotes.ca.
The website includes sections listing the various candidate and voter eligibilities, a listing of key dates, a frequently asked questions section, and a countdown calendar to keep track of election day.
Prospective mayoral and councillor candidates can find sections detailing how to register as a candidate, how to navigate the registration and nomination process and a listing of all the important campaign finance rules imposed by the province.
» Twitter: @jillianaustin