No byelection in Alberni to replace Patterson

Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae led a sombre special council meeting Tuesday afternoon. Councillors voted not a have a byelection to replace former councillor Ike Patterson

There will be no byelection to replace councillor Ike Patterson, who passed away earlier this week.

Councillors voted in favour of the staff recommendation not to have a byelection at a specially convened meeting on Tuesday.

A report by city manager Ken Watson cited the Local Government Act policy with respect to byelections.

The act stipulates that an election doesn’t have to be held if the vacancy occurs after Jan. 1 in the year of a general election, and that a quorum of council is still maintained in spite of the vacancy.

Civic elections are being held this fall and there are five city councillors now, therefore the city meets both conditions, the report noted.

Once the meeting was called to order there was an impromptu quiet moment as Patterson’s chair sat empty, his nametag sitting solitarily in front of it.

A normally upbeat Coun. Hira Chopra spoke only when he moved the motion to not hold the byelection then said nothing more before leaving quietly at the end of the meeting.

Ironically, Coun’s. Cindy Solda and Kenn Whiteman – who sat on either side of Patterson – arrived first.

“It’s hard sitting here today, this is hard,” Solda said, doing her best to stay composed.

The meeting ended as quickly

“I’ll have more to say about Coun. Patterson at council’s meeting on Monday,” mayor Ken McRae said.

“He was a good friend and I’m going to miss him,” McRae said after the meeting.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Learn the basics of publishing at Port Alberni workshop

George Opacic of Rutherford Press will present keys to the professional side of publishing

Septic truck rolls over without a spill west of Port Alberni

Single vehicle crash took place on Klekhoot Crescent

Vancouver Island partners sign hull design contract for floating LNG project

Steelhead LNG and partner Huu-ay-aht First Nations say the agreement was signed in Barcelona

RAISE A READER 2018: Port Alberni popup book event a success

First Book Canada brought 16,000 books for distribution in B.C.-wide event

Sproat Lake hosts fall dragon boat regatta

Port Alberni’s Sproat Ness Dragons earn third place

Still too many B.C. seniors in care facilities, on drugs

Seniors Advocate watching use of antipsychotics, opioids

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid centre

FBI described the Aberdeen incident as an ‘active shooter situation’

The hunt for online herb: feds seek dope on hazy world of pot’s ‘cryptomarket’

In less than a month, Canada to be first industrialized country to legalize recreational marijuana

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

Most Read