At its meeting tonight, Sudbury city council will discuss filling a second empty seat around the council table.

A process is already underway to fill the Ward 8 seat left vacant by the death of Fabio Belli this spring. But tonight, council will vote on how to fill the Ward 1 seat, now that Joe Cimino is on his way to Queen's Park.

One of the options for Ward 1 is to choose one of the 13 candidates who have stepped forward to fill the Ward 8 seat until the general election this October. All 13 candidates will make their pitch to city council on Wednesday night.

Also on the agenda for tonight is the contentious animal control contract. The current contractor was the only company to bid to run the city pound, but city staff and the owners of the Rainbow District Animal Shelter have been unable to reach an agreement on how much the company would be paid for providing that service.

So, now, the city is recommending keeping that contractor on the job for another 120 days, while staff find someone else to run animal control in Greater Sudbury.

Follow tonight's meeting with the live blog of CBC reporter Erik White:

Live Blog Sudbury city council meeting