John Crispo’s resignation as the Clearview Township councillor for Ward 3 has left council with some decisions to make. Council declared the Ward 3 seat empty on Monday night, exactly a week after accepting Crispo’s letter of resignation. The same night as his letter was accepted, Crispo died of cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Township clerk Bob Campbell says that under the Municipal Act, officials now have 60 days to decide whether they will appoint someone to fill the vacancy or hold a by-election. The municipality has been in this position once before since amalgamation in 1994. In 2005, when then Ward 3 councillor Ian Lang died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism, council decided to appoint Marc Royal. Council made the decision after learning a by-election would cost $10,000-$20,000. Appointing someone again might be the best decision, since the next municipal election is just over a year away, in November 2010. In his resignation letter, read at council last week by Ward 4 councillor Thom Paterson, Crispo suggested council appoint Judy Fuke, his campaign manager, saying she is willing to serve if asked. Meanwhile, a celebration of life service for Crispo has been announced. The family says it will take place on Fri., May 8 at 3 p.m., at Station on the Green in Creemore. The station is located on Caroline Street. The family notes that donations in memory of Crispo can be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation For Cancer Research. Crispo died Mon., April 27 after losing an 18-year battle with cancer. Along with being a municipal councillor, Crispo was a respected and well-known economist, lecturer and author. Mayor Ken Ferguson issued a statement about Crispo on Friday. “He was very passionate about his ward and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends in Clearview,” he said.
The Ministry of Transportation has finished repairs to the traffic lights at Highway 89 and County Road 10. An investigation into the malfunctioning lights was launched in February after complaints from the public and enquiries from the Alliston Herald. "Based on our findings, staff worked with the design consultant to modify the signal timing by allocating more green time to Highway 89 through traffic," said Will MacKenzie, from the MTO. In February, MacKenzie said MTO had received complaints about the lights at the intersection. At the time, the green light for east- and westbound traffic on Highway 89 would only last about 10 seconds, which was long enough for only a few cars to get through from a stand still. MTO admitted it was not an adequate time for a green light. The new light timing pattern was installed in late February, and MTO said they are not aware of any new complaints. Another traffic study has been conducted to determine if the changes were adequate. The data is currently being studied, MacKenzie said.