Residents in the Village of Anmore have something to look forward to after the summer ends - picking a new city councillor.
The village will be holding a byelection on Sept. 22 to replace former councillor Tim Laidler, who resigned his seat on June 12.
The date was finalized and the chief elections officer was chosen at a special Anmore council meeting on July 4. The byelection is expected to cost the village about $8,000 to $9,000.
Anmore Mayor Heather Anderson suggested it is important to have the byelection and a replacement in place so the small council can move forward with projects for the rest of the term.
"When you're down one person, you feel it," she told The NOW. Though the mayor expects there to be plenty of interest and healthy competition for the seat, so far she is unaware of anyone coming forward to announce their candidacy.
Anderson acknowledged the summer months might not be the best time to run a campaign, but the city had no choice but to call the election.
At the time, Laidler told The NOW he decided to quit over the way council hired its new CAO. He suggested the village didn't follow the criteria set out in the job application.
After four months of being acting CAO, the job was offered permanently to Tim Harris. Harris worked for the village for 15 years prior to becoming the CAO.
The village is no stranger to political controversies or byelections. In August 2011, council voted to censure former councillor and mayoral candidate Mario Piamonte over statements made in the council chambers.
The village also held a byelection to replace former long-time mayor Hal Weinberg, who stepped down at the end of 2009.
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