Marlborough District Council today decided not to replace Councillor Laressa Shenfield, who resigned on 17 October to relocate to Melbourne with her family.
Mayor John Leggett said there were a number of options open to the Council, and it had made a pragmatic and cost effective decision today.
“Because Councillor Shenfield resigned within 12 months of the next elections, Councillors took the view that the pragmatic thing to do would be not to fill her vacancy on Council. This will also save ratepayers $80,000 in election costs.”
“Laressa will still play a role in finishing up her work on the Marlborough Environment Plan as a commissioner, and I thank her for continuing to see that important process through to its conclusion.”
The reduction of one from the cohort of 12 councillors will have only a short-term and minor effect on the make-up of Council’s committees and sub-committees.