Cobourg prepares for new council term

By Cecilia Nasmith

A new mayor, a new deputy mayor, and new (and returning) Cobourg councillors are gearing up for a new term soon to begin.

The news was announced in a press release from the town listing the official council meeting schedule for 2019, with all the year's committee-of-the-whole and regular council meetings. They will be presided over by new mayor John Henderson and new deputy mayor Suzanne Seguin, with council being a mixture of incumbent (Aaron Burchat, Brian Darling) and newly elected (Nicole Beatty, Adam Bureau, Emily Chorley) members.

The 4 p.m. starting time will remain the same for these meetings, which will take place in council chambers (located on the third floor east at Victoria Hall, 55 King St. W., Cobourg). Public meetings, as required, will be scheduled for 6 p.m.

This term of council is also keeping with the rotation begun by with the last council term - a committee-of-the-whole meeting, followed a week later by a regular meeting, followed by a third week with no meeting. Exceptions will be made in the case of holidays – and also in July and August, when a combined committee-of-the-whole and regular meeting will be held July 22 and Aug. 12.

Otherwise, 2019 committee-of-the-whole dates are Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 19 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Family Day holiday Feb. 18), March 11, April 1, April 23 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Easter Monday holiday April 22), May 13, June 3, June 24, Sept. 3 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Labour Day holiday Sept. 2), Sept. 23, Oct. 15 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Thanksgiving holiday Oct. 14), Nov 4 and Nov. 25.

Regular council meetings are scheduled on Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 18, April 8, April 29, May 21 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Victoria Day holiday May 20), June 10, July 2 (a Tuesday in consideration of the Canada Day holiday July 1), Sept. 9, Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.

The press release reminds everyone that all open public meetings in the council chambers will be videotaped by town staff and made available on the Town of Cobourg's YouTube channel ( All video broadcasts will be archived for a duration of three months.

For more information, contact municipal clerk Brent Larmer at 905-372-4301 ext. 4207 or at