Breaking News – The Town of Georgina’s Integrity Commissioner is investigating a complaint that a member of council allegedly breached the Town’s code of conduct during a recent special council session on the Lake Drive land dispute.
The Town’s CAO Dave Reddon has released the following statement:
“The matter is before the Integrity Commissioner for review. In accordance with Town of Georgina/Integrity Commissioner procedures, the Integrity Commissioner will use best efforts to report back to Council within 90 days. No further information or comment on the matter is available at this time.”
The special council session was held on July 24th to review recommendations made by the Town’s lawyer Andrew Biggart to move forward with property appraisals for the lakeside lots the municipality wants to sell.
The Council voted to approve the appraisals, which will be completed in time for public information sessions scheduled for the fall.
However, the Integrity Commissioner’s investigation will now delay this process.
A Town Council meeting scheduled for Sept 24th to review the results of the appraisals will now be postponed until the investigation is concluded, which, as noted by Mr. Reddon, could take up to 90 days.
According to the Town’s website, the Municipal Act requires the Town Council to appoint an Integrity Commissioner to uphold the Town’s code of conduct, which applies to all members of council and members appointed to boards and committees.
Deborah Anschell, a deputy Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, is the current Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Georgina; she is also the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Waterloo and the Town of Richmond Hill.