SCUGOG: The new term is right around the corner, and the township’s newly-elected council is working alongside staff and getting ready to serve their constituents over the next four years.
Training classes and educational workshops began last week, and will continue through until Monday, Dec. 1, when Mayor-elect Tom Rowett will be officially given the chains of office during a special ceremony.
According to Scugog Clerk, Chris Harris, “Staff will be sitting down with the new Council to review the books and budgets, and to offer insight into municipal law, risks, responsibilities.”
Other priority topics include the methodology behind how the township must work with local conservation authorities, and insurance agencies.
Former Mayor Chuck Mercier and Mayor-Elect Tom Rowett have met on a couple of occasions and, according to staff, are working closely to share advice and visions for Scugog Township.
“The new mayor will be sent away for some head of council training from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario,” said Scugog CAO Ian Roger. “The courses mostly deal with the proper procedures and roles during a council meeting, what duties the mayor holds in public events, and how to facilitate teamwork.”
The swearing-in ceremony will take place inside the Blackstock Rec Centre Hall, located at 3440 Church St., at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature several speeches as well as refreshments.
“We have moved the ceremony to the larger venue this term, to ensure that there are enough seats and accommodations,” said Mr. Roger. “We’re expecting a large turn-out of supporters, family and local business owners - and we discovered on election night, Oct. 27, that the council chambers may not be large enough.”
Scugog Township’s new Mayor and councillors will take their seats at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8, during their inaugural meeting inside the chambers of the Municipal Office, located at 181 Perry St.