Two years ago, when the current four-year municipal term began, Horton Mayor Don Eady promised Bob Kingsbury that the veteran councillor would succeed new public works committee chairman Glen Campbell half-way through the term.
But since Campbell is considered to be handling the position just fine, Eady announced at the Dec. 4 meeting of Horton council that Kingsbury would be joining the public works committee, but not as chairman.
Coun. Margaret Whyte, who said she knew nothing about Eady’s promise, said she had some concerns, and that more discussion was needed.
Eady and fellow council members expressed the opinion at the beginning of the term that there should be no more than two council members on each committee. Most committees now consist of two council members and members of the public.
Kingsbury said Campbell was doing a “fantastic job” as chairman, but that his addition would bring seven years experience on past public works committees.
The public works committee, which includes two members of the public, also includes Eady and Campbell.
“I’m not in favour of three council members on one committee, but the sawoff is I’m appointing Bob Kingsbury (to public works) for the balance of the term.”
Later in the meeting, Eady said he “made a mistake” by not notifying all council members of his intentions.
Kingsbury’s potential appointment will be discussed at the Dec. 17 committee-of-the-whole meeting.