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Drysdale resigns seat on council

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FORT FRANCES—Fort Frances town council accepted an official letter of resignation from Coun. Tannis Drysdale, with appreciation for service, at Monday night’s regular meeting.

Mayor Roy Avis said he received the letter, which was dated Sept. 17, “with regret.”

“Tannis and I were on council for four years, and I always had a lot of respect for Tannis,” he remarked.

“She did a very, very good job and always put Fort Frances first,” added Mayor Avis. “She was a very strong advocate of Fort Frances and of the district whenever she went out of town to other meetings.

“I really accept her resignation with regret,” the mayor stressed. “I’d like to personally thank her for the services she’s done for this community over the last four years.”

No reason was cited for Drysdale’s resignation. She did not attend Monday night’s meeting.

“On a professional level, Tannis was very supportive of me and my positions, and always willing to share her considerable expertise with staff,” CAO Mark McCaig said Tuesday morning.

“She worked diligently on behalf of the citizens not only of Fort Frances, but she was a real advocate for the north, on issues affecting the north,” he added.

“She dedicated a lot of her time to sit on the various committee for the benefit of Northern Ontario residents. I respect the time and the effort she put forward.

“She was very passionate in her job and we will miss her.”

McCaig said Drysdale’s letter of resignation was received just before the committee of the whole meeting yesterday evening, and that council has not had the time to decide how to replace her.

“There’s a host of things in the Municipal Act that gives council options in filling a vacancy,” he said.

“So council’s going to, over the next short while, examine those options and make a decision about how they’re going to proceed with the vacancy,” he added.

(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)

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