At the meeting held on January 3rd, TRL council approved changes to the size of council and the number of wards. These changes are based on the second option presented in the consultant's report. Changes include:
Council will be reduced from 10 members to 9. The new council structure will include 8 councillors and a mayor.
The number of wards will be reduced from 5 to 4. Newboro will be merged with North Crosby to form a new Ward called "North Crosby-Newboro". There was no action taken to modify any of the other wards.
The 8 councillors will continue to be elected by ward with 2 councillors representing each of the 4 wards.
The Mayor will continue to be elected at large.
The decision is subject to a 45-day Appeal Period to the Ontario Municipal Board, and will take affect for the 2018 municipal elections.
Full details are available on the Township of Rideau Lakes website.