The future of the auditor general's office in Greater Sudbury will once again be debated by city councillors tonight.

Earlier this year, Mayor Marianne Matichuk tabled a motion calling for the position to be made a permanent fixture at city hall. Right now, the auditor general and employees in that office are hired on a contract basis.

Brian Bigger

Greater Sudbury Auditor General Brian Bigger (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

When it was discussed this spring, council voted to hire a consultant to study how city operations are audited. The resulting report recommended keeping an in-house auditor.

Matichuk has now re-tabled her motion to be voted on tonight.

The mayor also has a motion on the table calling on the provincial government to remove roadblocks in developing the Ring of Fire — in particular, the Cliffs Natural Resources chromite mine. Cliffs is planning to process the ore from that mine at a smelter to be built north of Capreol, at the old Moose Mountain Mine site.

Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk

Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada )

Sudbury city councillors will also hear two presentations at tonight's meeting: one from CN Rail on the company's operations in the city, and one from the city clerk on preparations for next fall's municipal election, which is now less than a year away.

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