Councillor wants to downsize council

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North Kent Coun. Rhonda Jubenville wants to examine the possibility of changing Chatham-Kent’s ward boundaries and reducing the size of council.

Rhonda Jubenville

At the Feb. 5 council meeting, Jubenville brought forward a notice of motion that would see an independent third-party consultant examine the issue and report back to council.

As part of the notice, the first-term councillor stated that Windsor and London both have larger populations than Chatham-Kent, but fewer council members.

Plus, she said, there’s an existing rural-urban divide.

Chatham-Kent council is currently made up of 17 councillors and a mayor. Six councillors are from Chatham proper, two are from Wallaceburg and the remainder are from C-K’s smaller rural communities.

The motion will be voted on at the Feb. 26 meeting.

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