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Town of Blind River spent $97,000 on its mayor and council last year

Included in those expenses were travel, municipal and benefit expenses
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Blind River council received a report on money and honorariums paid to council and board appointees in 2018 that showed slightly more than $97,000 was spent as part of council work.

The report prepared by town treasurer Sue Dent is required by provincial law and was presented to council at its May 6 meeting.

The report shows that former mayor Sue Jensen was paid $23,326 for her work as the council head last year. Jensen was defeated in the November municipal election. As part of the money received, Jensen was paid the mayoral honorarium of $13,151 and received $1,265 for municipal expenses, $836 for municipal benefits and $333 for municipal travel. The former mayor also received a $1,100 honorarium as the town’s representative on the North Shore Power Group board and $1,433 as a member of the Algoma Public Health board.

The newly elected mayor Sally Hagman was paid $2,497 for her work since being sworn in to the mayor’s seat in December.

Councillor pay saw that newly elected councillor Betty Ann Dunbar was paid $1,439 for her work.

Councillors who served in the last term and were re-elected to another term saw councillor Paula Summers paid $12,387 followed by councillor Clifford Spratt who was paid $11,831.

Councillor Steven Wells was paid $10,731, councillor James Dunbar was paid $10,460 and councillor Henri-Paul Roy was paid $9,948.

Also included in the 2018 total paid of $97,043.28 was the $11,219 paid to councillor Ken Kennedy who did not seek re-election in the 2018 municipal election.

 




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