UXBRIDGE: Following last week’s sudden and tragic death of Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse’s, councillors explained the next steps for the municipality this past week,
Councillor Mikuse was laid to rest on Friday, July 10, following a service at Low & Low Funeral Home in Uxbridge, with many members of the community that had been a part of her life through various volunteer initiatives offering tender and heartfelt tributes.
With heavy hearts, councillors continued to manage the business of the township at their meeting on Monday, July 13, with all members of council sharing in the responsibility of representing Ward 3 in the interim.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor explained that at the next meeting, on Monday, Aug. 10, councillors will be dealing with the vacancy of the Ward 3 Councillor. Township CAO Ingrid Svelnis explained to The Standard that a staff report to be included in the agenda for the August meeting will outline the process for council to fill the position.
Mayor O’Connor noted that Ward 3 residents can contact any member of council with questions or concerns.
“In the meantime, residents need to be represented and have someone they can call,” added Mayor O’Connor. “We will all share in those responsibilities and try to keep everyone in Ward 3 aware of what’s going on.”
Additionally, councillors divided up the many committee responsibilities held by Councillor Mikuse at the time of her passing.
Former vice chair Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy will serve as chair of the Sustainability, Watershed and Conservation Committee, Ward 4 Councillor Fred Bryan assumes the role of vice chair of the Parks, Facilities and Arena Committee, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger will now serve on the Accessibility and Energy Committees, Pam Beach will work with the Art Visual Enhancement Committee in addition to her duties in Ward 1, Mayor O’Connor will be part of the Watershed Committee and Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet will be a council rep for the Uxbridge Youth Centre.
“This week has been very, very difficult for all of us,” Mayor O’Connor said. “We lost a councillor, Pat Mikuse, who went beyond the call of duty to represent her residents and to represent her community. She fought a hard battle and unfortunately she lost, she will be missed.”