Joe Cimino named as NDP provincial candidate in Sudbury

Sudbury New Democrats voted for Joe Cimino to be their provincial candidate in the next election. (joe-cimino.ca)

Sudbury city council meets tonight for the first time since the death of councillor Fabio Belli  and will discuss how another seat around the table could soon be empty.

City councillor Joe Cimino has told staff that he will take a leave of absence once a provincial election is called, to focus on being the NDP candidate in the Sudbury riding.

A report on Cimino's leave is on the agenda for tonight. A report discussing how Belli's Ward 8 seat may be filled is expected before council next month.

Also on the agenda tonight, is a presentation on proposed hikes to the city's development charges, which will be the subject of a full public hearing at Sudbury city council meeting on May 6.

One decision before council tonight is to spend an extra $1.5 million on the reconstruction of Second Avenue this summer. The extra money would cover extra water and sewer upgrades, as well as a wider roadway from First Avenue to Donna Drive, that would include new bicycle lanes. 

CBC Reporter Erik White is at tonight's meeting. Read by-the-minute updates on his live blog: