DiPasquale again making attempt to look at ward system



By Ron Giofu


Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale is once again trying to see what the level of interest is in bringing in a ward system to Amherstburg.

DiPasquale put forth a notice of motion at the last regular meeting of town council which, if adopted, would see council direct administration to investigate forming a ward system for Amherstburg and obtain guidance from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs regarding the process.

DiPasquale’s notice of motion also calls for “at least three public meetings” to be held “in an effort to obtain public input from all residents.”

Town Logo Small-webA similar attempt to investigate a ward system was put forth last term by DiPasquale, then a councillor, but it didn’t proceed very far.  The town currently elects a mayor, deputy mayor and five councillors in an at-large system.

According to DiPasquale’s notice of motion, election via a ward system “is often favoured” in a municipality like Amherstburg, “which has a diverse mix of interests as a result of its distinct urban and rural areas.” He believes election by a ward system can better assure representation by council in all parts of the town.

“The primary purpose for the establishment of wards is to attempt to ensure that the democratic principle of fair public representation is achieved during municipal elections and the subsequent governance of the municipality by council,” stated DiPasquale.

Procedurally, there is no debate on a notice of motion. It will be brought forth to council as a motion during the March 23 meeting.

Other Essex County municipalities currently voting in an at-large system are LaSalle, Kingsville and Leamington. Area towns with a ward system are Tecumseh, Essex, and Lakeshore.

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