The City of Windsor is headed toward a "lame duck" council.

Now that Coun. Alan Halberstadt has announced he will not seek re-election, it means 30 per cent of the current council will not return come fall.

Councillors Ron Jones and Fulvio Valentinis are not seeking re-election either.

Mayor Eddie Francis is not running either.

By law, the council of a local municipality is incredibly restricted in what it can do now if less than 75 per cent of its councillors have declared they will not seek re-election.

According to the Municipal Act (2001), if the new council will have the same number of members as the outgoing council, but the new council will include less than three quarters of the members of the outgoing council, it is officially "lame duck."

"If the new council will have the same number of members as the outgoing council, the new council will include less than three-quarters of the members of the outgoing council."

Coun. Drew Dilkens tells CBC Windsor that a lame duck council shouldn't be a concern because all of the big projects and 2014 budget has been approved.

It is possible one of the three councillors who have said they have no intentions to run in October could change their mind by the final nomination day of Sept. 12.

City of Windsor CAO Helga Reidel said there are two proposed projects that are not in the 2014 that could be affected by a lame duck council.

She said reports on a new fire hall No. 8 and a proposed east-end pool must be put before council before Sept. 12.

Municipal Act: Restricted Acts

275 (1) The council of a local municipality shall not take any action described in subsection (3) after the first day during the election for a new council on which it can be determined that one of the following applies to the new council that will take office following the election:Fullbar Text

1. If the new council will have the same number of members as the outgoing council, the new council will include less than three-quarters of the members of the outgoing council.

2. If the new council will have more members than the outgoing council, the new council will include less than three-quarters of the members of the outgoing council or, if the new council will include at least three-quarters of the members of the outgoing council, three-quarters of the members of the outgoing council will not constitute, at a minimum, a majority of the members of the new council.

3. If the new council will have fewer members than the outgoing council, less than three-quarters of the members of the new council will have been members of the outgoing council or, if at least three-quarters of the members of the new council will have been members of the outgoing council, three-quarters of the members of the new council will not constitute, at a minimum, a majority of the members of the outgoing council. 2001, c. 25, s. 275 (1).

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said a lame duck council was already in effect. In fact, it doesn't happen until Sept. 12, 2014.
    Jul 03, 2014 2:05 PM ET