Lantzville residents are off to the polls Saturday (Aug. 8) to restore the community’s decision-making power.
Lantzville electors will cast votes in a byelection to fill four vacant seats.
Twelve candidates are vying for a spot on council, and more than 100 electors have already made their choice in the first advance voting day last week. Advance voting was also held Wednesday, with the number of ballots coming in after press time.
The District of Lantzville council has been operating below quorum and with limited decision-making power since May, when four politicians resigned with complaints of dysfunction, micromanagement and negative experiences.
The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has allowed three of the once seven-member council to continue civic business until the byelection, but no strategic direction can be taken. Council also can’t make decisions with financial or legal liabilities for the district, including succession planning for Lantzville’s fire chief or the Village Commercial Core Improvement plan. New councillors will restore quorum.
General voting day takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Costin Hall in Lantzville. Ballots will be counted after the polls close. Newly elected councillors will swear their Oath of Office and start their term of office at a special council meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
For more information on voter eligibility and voting in the District of Lantzville byelection, please visit www.lantzville.ca.