Windsor city council is expected to change its position about how to fill the vacant Ward 7 when it meets Monday night.
The seat opened up after Percy Hatfield won the provincial riding of Windsor-Tecumseh for the NDP.
Two weeks ago, council voted to appoint someone from the community to fill the seat.
It now appears Ward 7 residents are heading for a December byelection.
Since council's original decision, there's been quite a bit of interest shown by people interested in the appointment.
Most council members now believe it would be better to hold a byelection after all.
Coun. Ron Jones will make the motion to reconsider. If that's successful, he will formally suggest a byelection.
"I think that, certainly, there's been comments from people that they wanted the byelection. We're going listen to the people," Jones said. "I think that we normally do.
"The fact of the matter is, when one makes a mistake, I think it's incumbent upon that individual to admit their mistake and move on."
Under the process to be followed for a byelection, nominations would close on Oct. 25.
The byelection would be held Dec. 9.
The vote will cost between $70,000 and $90,000.
Coun. Hilary Payne had wanted to appoint the second-place finisher in the ward from the 2010 election. Now he says, he will reluctantly vote for a byelection.
"The only way to do [this] is with a byelection, which is going to cost almost $100,000, which is by any standard a good chunk of money," Payne said.