TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will consider a by-law at the February 12, 2018 Council meeting that if approved, will place the following question on the October 22, 2018 municipal election ballot:
Effective the term of Council beginning December 2022, the number of Councillors in Chatham-Kent be reduced?
AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that Council invites the public to express their views on the passing of the proposed by-law at a Council meeting to be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 315 King Street West, Chatham. The purpose of the public meeting is to hear any person in support or in opposition to the proposed by-law. Written submissions can also be submitted to Judy Smith, Director Municipal Governance/Clerk, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King Street West, Chatham, ON, N7M 5K8 or to firstname.lastname@example.org until Monday, February 12, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
Under provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, referendum results will be binding on the municipality, subject to some exceptions, if at least 50 per cent of eligible voters vote on the question.
If this question receives a binding 'yes' result, Chatham-Kent Council will initiate the process under the Municipal Act, 2001 to reduce the size of municipal Council.
If this question receives a binding 'no' result, Chatham-Kent Council will not consider or pass another resolution to take the necessary steps to reduce the size of municipal Council during the 2018-2022 term of Council.
The costs of implementing the results of the question are expected to be negligible. However, it is unknown whether there may be other costs flowing from related decisions Council may make associated with a change in Council size.
Should Chatham-Kent Council approve the by-law authorizing placement of the question on the ballot, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and any other person or entity may appeal to the Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of Ontario on the grounds that the question:
- is not clear, concise and neutral, and/or
- is not capable of being answered by either the 'YES' or 'NO' options provided.
The Clerk shall give notice of the passage of the by-law to the public and the Minister. Such notice will provide further instructions with respect to the appeal process. A Notice of Appeal must set out the objections to the by-law and question and the reasons in support of the objections.
Dated at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent this 30th day of January, 2018.
Judy Smith, CMO
Director, Municipal Governance/ Clerk