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Five weeks to too long for council to get to work, says coun. Fulvio Valentinis. ((CBC))

A Windsor city councillor says the five-week wait between the municipal election and swearing-in of the new council is too long.

"It's an oversight," Councillor Fulvio Valentinis said of the hiatus. "They should have adjusted the dates."

The province this year moved up the fixed date for municipal elections from November to the fourth Monday in October.

But the date for the swearing-in of the newly elected councils remains unchanged and doesn't occur until December.

Valentinis said this can be a problem in municipalities where there has been significant electoral turnover. That's because outgoing councils then become lame ducks — unable to decide important issues.

In Windsor, there are three new councillors on the 10 ward council and Mayor Eddie Francis was re-elected for a third term.

Valentis also noted that Windsor's old city council has five meetings this month and wondered whether that was necessary, given the light agenda.

He suggested the city and other municipalities should lobby the province to shorten the gap for new councils to take office.