Once Coun. Lloyd Parrott was voted in as MHA for the district of Terra Nova in the recent provincial election, it became clear a by-election would be needed to fill his seat on council.
Parrott submitted his formal resignation on June 4.
Town clerk Angela Giles explained municipalities are usually required to hold a by-election within 90 days of a vacancy.
However, council decided they would like to hold the election after the summer, on Sept. 17. They will need approval from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment to do so.
Coun. Paul Tilley took the opportunity to encourage anyone interested in becoming involved in municipal government to come forward.
“I think it’s a wonderful learning opportunity and a great opportunity to serve our town,” he said. “We need people who are committed to the growth and the continuity of our community.”
At the last municipal election in 2016, only seven individuals filed nomination papers, meaning an election was unnecessary and all were acclaimed.
“I know there are a lot of people out there so I encourage them to run,” said Tilley.
Once ministerial approval in finalized, council will announce dates for the nomination period and advance poll.
At the end of the regular council meeting, Mayor Frazer Russell thanked Parrott for his time serving as a councillor for the town.
“I wish him good luck and I certainly look forward to working with him in his new position,” said Russell.