SOUTH DUNDAS – At the December 1st inauguration ceremony, held in the council chambers at the South Dundas Municipal Centre, the seventh council of the Municipality of South Dundas was sworn in.
With a packed gallery, each member of the new council individually took their oaths of office, and their seat around the council table. A new addition this year, each member of council read aloud, then signed their agreement to adhere to the code of conduct.
The new council consists of mayor Steven Byvelds, deputy mayor Kirsten Gardner, and councillors Lloyd Wells, Donald Lewis, and Archie Mellan.
Presenting greetings to the new council included Jamie MacDonald, mayor of North Glengarry and incoming warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry, Bryan McGillis, mayor-elect of South Stormont, and staff sergeant Ivan Lalonde from the SDG detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Breaking from tradition, the inauguration was held during a special meeting. At the final meeting of the sixth council of South Dundas, the procedural by-law was suspended to allow this meeting. The new council’s first regular meeting is December 4th at the SDMC.
“We have work to get done,” Byvelds said.
For more on the council inauguration, pick up a copy of the December 5th edition of The Leader.