Council considers how to replace Coristine


By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will decide tonight how it wants to fill the seat left vacant by Ron Coristine.


Coristine resigned from council on April 2 after taking on the position of executive director for the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC). The Municipal Act requires municipalities to fill vacancies within 60 days. Coristine’s seat was officially declared vacant last Wednesday.


The next municipal election will be held Oct. 27 and council had the option to hold a bi-election for any empty council positions prior to March 31. Now, council can either appoint a candidate who ran for councillor-at-large during the 2010 election or advertise for the position and select a suitable candidate.


If council chose to appoint a former candidate it would likely be Guy Anderson, who finished just behind Coristine in the polls for councillor-at-large. Anderson is a former Kincardine councillor and a director on the PREDC board. He is also a member of Kincardine’s Tourism Table.


Last Wednesday, council filled board positions left empty by Coristine’s departure. Councillor Maureen Couture will sit on the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Board and Mayor Larry Kraemer will fill in on the Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit board where he is currently an alternate. Councillor Mike Leggett, who was a member of the former municipal economic development committee, will take over as policy chair for economic development and tourism.