At the regular Council meeting on March 6, Municipality of Port Hope Council will consider the appointment of Karen O’Hara to fill the Council seat vacated by former councillor Robert Polutnik. The seat was officially declared vacant at the February 20th meeting.

“When I was approached to fill the vacant seat on Council, I told the Clerk that it was an honour,” remarked Ms. O’Hara. “I am hard-working and I firmly believe in transparency and honesty. I look forward to working with Council and staff, and representing all members of this wonderful community.”

An active participant in civic engagement in the Municipality, Ms. O’Hara currently serves as Chair of the Heritage Port Hope Committee and the Heritage Incentive Advisory Committee and is former Chair of the Port Hope Cemetery Board. An Executive of the Northumberland Sunrise Club, she serves as Membership Chair and Social Director, and she also Chairs the Santa Claus Parade and the Candlelight Christmas Committee.

Ms. O’Hara also has municipal government experience, serving on two previous Councils for the Municipality of Port Hope, from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2007 to 2010.

“We are pleased to fill the vacant council seat quickly and efficiently,” noted Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “We welcome Ms. O’Hara and we look forward to having her join our Council. Her experience and community engagement will certainly be an asset as we continue to work toward fulfilling our strategic objectives.”

Ms. O’Hara was selected as the member to fill the vacant seat, as she was the candidate with the next highest number of votes based on the certified results of the 2014 Municipal Election for Councillor Ward 1. At the last council meeting, Council passed a resolution to direct the Municipal Clerk to approach the unsuccessful candidate, in order to gain their consent to their appointment to Council.

Council will consider Ms. O’Hara’s appointment as part of the regular Council agenda and she will be sworn-in by the Municipal Clerk at the meeting on March 6.

Ms. O’Hara will serve until the upcoming municipal election in the fall.

Port Hope Firehall Administrative Offices Moving

As the finishing touches are made to Fire Station 1, which is currently under renovation, Municipality of Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services administrative staff will begin the process of moving their office from their current location at the Canton Municipal building to Station 1, located at 245 Ontario Street, with the move slated to take place from March 7-9.

“We are looking forward to getting settled in at our new location quickly and with little disruption to our core business,” noted C. Ryan Edgar, Fire Chief and Director of Fire and Emergency Services.

The administrative office will be closed during the move, from Wednesday, March 7 until Friday, March 9, but will be fully functioning again on Monday, March 12 at the new location on Ontario Street.

The relocation of the administrative staff will include a few changes to some service locations for residents:

Burn Permits will be issued from the Fire Administration office at the Port Hope Fire Hall located at 245 Ontario Street, during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Tax payments will continue to be accepted at Town Hall located at 56 Queen Street, at banking institutions, through online banking and through pre-authorized chequing. Tax payments will no longer be collected at the Canton Municipal office.

Garbage tags will continue to be available at Town Hall, the Garden Hill General Store, Gilmer’s Home Hardware, Davis’ Your Independent Grocer, Metro, Giant Tiger and Pharmasave.

Dog tags will continue to be available at Town Hall, 56 Queen Street and at Municipal Animal Services located at 2363 Theatre Rd S.

During the administrative move, Fire and Emergency Services in the Municipality will not be impacted, and all Fire Stations will continue to serve to the area, as usual. Questions about the relocation can be directed to Fire Administration Office at 905-753-2230.

The Canton facility is slated to be the new home of the rural library branch, with preparations underway to coordinate a move at a later date this year. More information will be circulated to the public as it becomes available.