Its official, Mayor Howard Greig has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in October. Howard served at various times as councilor, deputy mayor and mayor for the former Township of Sullivan since 1982, he has served as mayor of the Township of Chatsworth since amalgamation in 2000.
Chatsworth. Council has, under the guidance of Howard been, so far as I am aware, a cooperative and non confrontational venture unlike the constant sniping and personal attacks that some other local municipalities have, and still are, experiencing. Both Howard and the current councillors must be thanked for their efforts on our behalf, I suspect that their work is all too often taken for granted .
There have been no marked increases in property taxes in recent years which considering the downloading and/or reduced funding of mandatory programs from upper levels of government is no small feat. I hope that the new council will continue this tradition of cooperation and fiscal responsibility.
Tom Kuglin has also announced he will not be seeking re-election and deputy-mayor Bob Pringle is seeking the mayor's position.
Unofficially, with a week to go before nominations close here is the list of those standing for positions on Chatsworth Council. The list is subject to change up until nominations close at 2:00 p.m. on September 10th, 2010 at which time the official list will be published on the township web site where further information may be found (unfortunately in a PDF download).
(Final list updated Fri 10th 7pm)
Mayor (1 to be elected at Large)
BOB PRINGLE (current deputy Mayor)
Deputy Mayor (1 to be elected at Large)
TERRY MCKAY (current councilor ward 1)
Councillors (3 to be elected, 1 from each Ward)
Ward 1 (Chatsworth Ward)
Ward 2 (Holland Ward)
CORNELIUS VLIELANDER (incumbent)
Ward 3 (Sullivan Ward)
The Election will be by mail in ballot which residents should receive early in October. The Election will take place on Monday, October 25, 2010 . The township will not be publishing any personal information on the candidates and I therefor invite the candidates to provide me with their CV and/or their reasons for standing for council. I will then publish it here for the benefit of our citizens, an email link is provided in the side bar of this blog.