McKenzie to fill vacant South Glengarry council seat

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LANCASTER – Former Deputy Mayor Bill McKenzie is expected to be sworn in Monday night as the township’s newest councillor.

The Bainsville resident will be filling the vacant council seat for Joyce Gravelle, who resigned last month to pursue a job opportunity in the private sector.

The new job would have put her in a direct conflict of interest working on council, Gravelle said.

McKenzie was the next person in line who received the most votes for councillor in the 2014 municipal election.

During its March 28, 2016 meeting, council unanimously shot down the idea of having a by-election, suggesting the public didn’t want the municipality spending $30,000 to $35,000 on the process.

During his tenure as deputy mayor from 2010-2014, McKenzie had to take a leave of absense for nearly a year for health issues.

McKenzie owns and operates the Border Par 3 Golf course on County Road 2 in Bainsville.