Council Composition

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Council Composition

The composition of Perth County Council is determined by a Restructuring Order (also referred to as “Amalgamation”) that came into force on January 1, 1998.

Local Member Municipalities

Township of Perth East
Municipality of North Perth
Township of Perth South
Municipality of West Perth

Member Municipality

Total to be Appointed

Weighted Voting*

Details

Township of Perth East

3

2 votes per member

6 votes for Perth East

Mayor & Deputy Mayor;

Third representative appointed by Township of Perth East Council

Municipality of North Perth

3

2 votes per member

6 votes for North Perth

Mayor & Deputy Mayor;

Third representative appointed by Municipality of North Perth Council

Township of Perth South

2

1 votes per member

2 votes for Perth South

Mayor & Deputy Mayor

Municipality of West Perth

2

2 vote per member

4 votes for West Perth

Mayor & Deputy Mayor

*Note: Weighted voting is not applied to County Committees 


Weighted Voting on Perth County Council:

Member Municipality

Population

2011 Census

% of County

Population

Weighted

Vote

% of Council Vote

Perth South

3,993

10.628%

2

11.2%

11.1%

Perth East

12,028

32.014%

6

33.3%

West Perth

8,919

23.739%

4

22.2%

North Perth

12,631

33.619%

6

33.3%

TOTAL

37,571

100%

18

100%

The City of Stratford and Town of St. Marys do not have a seat on Perth County Council. The County, City and Town share a number of services (EMS, Archives, Social Services, Home for the Aged etc.). The three municipalities form the Municipal Liaison Committee for the purpose of deliberating on the shared services.

Municipal Act Definition:

Section 224 of the Municipal Act sets out the role Council
Section 225 of the Municipal Act sets out the role of the Head of Council
Section 226.1 of the Municipal Act states that the Head of Council is the
Chief Executive Officer of the municipality

Please contact the County Clerk to obtain a copy of the Municipal Act. A copy is available at:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_01m25_e.htm

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act:
“The purpose of this Act is to prohibit members of council and local boards from engaging in the decision-making process in respect to matters in which they have a personal economic interest. The Act applies to all situations in which the council member has or is deem to have, any direct or indirect pecuniary interest.”

Please contact the County Clerk to obtain a copy of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. A copy is available at:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90m50_e.htm

County By-laws and Policies that Govern Council Actions:
Perth County Code of Conduct
Deals with Gifts/Benefits, Use of County Resources, Confidential
Information, Conflict of Interest, Positive Work Environment etc. A copy of the Code of Conduct is available on the Perth County website: http://www.perthcounty.ca/county_council

Perth County Procedure By-law
Deals with Calling of Meetings, Agendas and Minutes, Closed Session, Committees, Rules of Order & Debate, Presentations to Council. Information about the Procedure By-law can be found on the Perth County website: http://www.perthcounty.ca/county_council

Perth County & Member Municipality Emergency Plan
Deals with Declaration of Emergency, Role of Emergency Control Group, Volunteer Management, Crisis Communications and Response to a variety of Emergencies. Emergency Management information can be found on the Perth County website: http://www.perthcounty.ca/emergency_management