Province appoints supervisor for Village of Baker Brook
Necessary step after 4 vacant council seats results in insufficient quorum, minister says
The Village of Baker Brook has been placed under the supervision of the provincial government again due to a shortage of council members to constitute a quorum.
Two councillors recently resigned and two previous vacancies were not filled in the May 13 election, Environment and Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch said in a statement.
Adolphe Goulette, a retired administrator of the Village of Charlo, has been appointed supervisor to oversee day-to-day operations of the northwestern village, including its financial administration, until the four vacant seats are filled.
The next byelection will be held on Oct. 28.
This isn't the first time the government has had to appoint a supervisor for Baker Brook, which is located about 20 kilometres west of Edmundston.
In March 2009, following the resignation of the mayor and two councillors, Goulette was asked to step in.
Under the Control of Municipalities Act, a municipality must be placed under supervision of the province when resignations result in an insufficient number of council members to constitute a quorum.
"The appointment of a supervisor will ensure the continuation of services to the residents of Baker Brook," said Fitch.
Goulette, who has 30 years of experience in municipal affairs, will work with the village clerk and treasurer Francine Bossé, Fitch said.