Inaugural meeting of township council set for tonight in Sunderland

In the words of Mayor-elect Debbie Bath-Hadden, Brock Township is “changing things up” for the inaugural meeting of council.

While the session was held during the day at the Township office in past terms, the meeting slated for Monday (Dec. 3) will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sunderland Town Hall.

The mayor-elect will be joined by Regional Councillor Ted Smith, who was re-elected to his second term in the position, as well as first-time councillors Mike Jubb (Ward 1), Claire Doble (Ward 2) and Cria Pettingill (Ward 4). Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer, who is back at the table following a four-year absence, and Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Campbell, serving her second consecutive term, will round out council for the term.

Monday night’s meeting will open with a procession featuring piper Ian Robertson and a colour guard from Brock Air Cadets. Sunderland teen Carley Hope, who will also be performing for a half-hour leading into the meeting, will sing the national anthem before the session is called to order.

The new and returning members of council will then recite the declaration of office, before Rev. Les Hills of St. Andrew’s United Church in Sunderland offers blessings.

Each member of council will also have an opportunity to make remarks before the chairs of each standing committee – which are now public works and facilities, parks and recreation, finance, planning and economic development, protection services, and administration and personnel – are announced.

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