There will be no general municipal election in Lark Harbour next month, but voters may still get to cast a ballot this fall.
The neighbouring towns of Lark Harbour and York Harbour are considering amalgamating. For that reason, they declined to hold separate elections like every other municipality did in Newfoundland and Labrador in September 2013.
Provincial legislation required the towns to have an election within a year of the province-wide voting last year, but the towns have still not joined forces fully.
So, they each had to set an election and hold a nomination process. Those nominations closed Thursday and only four names were put forth for the five council positions available in Lark Harbour.
That means incumbent Deputy Mayor Jamie Park, along with newcomers Rose Sheppard, Jay Barry and Kerry Barry have all been elected by acclamation to serve on Lark Harbour’s town council.
A byelection will now have to be held within 90 days to try and find a fifth member of council.
There will be no general election in York Harbour either as the five people nominated in that town have also been elected by acclamation. The York Harbour council will consist of incumbent councillor Charles Kendell, along with newcomers Donna Childs, Nelson Childs, Megan Childs and Melanie Whyatt.
No date has been set for the councils to be sworn in, but a swearing-in ceremony must take place within 14 days of the acclamations.