Rookie councillor sidelined.
Renfrew councillor Andrew Evans has been sidelined by bad breaks in two bones of his right leg.
Steve Newman, Renfrew Mercury
And then there were six.
The seven-member Renfrew council has been temporarily reduced by one for council chamber discussions.
Nov. 17, rookie Coun. Andrew Evans was doing yard maintenance on property he owns near Hurds Lake when he fell awkwardly and suffered fractures of the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg.
He made the 9-1-1 call on his own cellular phone and the ambulance arrived in about five minutes, said Evans. The Renfrew resident, 48, was transferred from Renfrew Victoria Hospital to the Ottawa Hospital where he underwent surgery the next day. He has plates and pins in his leg and a cast that will stay on for up to 16 weeks.
“It could have been worse,” said Evans from home. “I guess I’m going to try to make the best of it. With any luck I’ll be back to council within 12 weeks. I’m in good spirits.” Evans was told to stay off his feet, to allow the leg to heal. Evans, who works as a mortgage agent, says he can still do much of his full-time job from home by computer.
He says it’s bad timing, given council’s current projects, like discussion about whether or not to pursue construction of a second ice pad and swimming pool. However, he says he plans to attend the Dec. 11 public meeting about the proposed facility.
Evans hopes to be back at the council table fairly early in the New Year.