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Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz not fulfilling Mayoral duties after 'Notice of Default' issued

Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm EST

After legal advice was received from the Township’s lawyer late yesterday, a Notice of Default was issued to Mayor Shantz.

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The report says at last week’s MECAC hearing, Mayor Shantz submitted an audit reflecting campaign finances of more than $10,000.

Because the audit was not filed by the March 27, 2015 deadline, Mayor Shantz is technically in default of the Municipal Elections Act.

In an email to 570 News, Council and Information Services/Clerk, Valrie Hummel says “until the Superior Court has made a ruling, Mayor Shantz will not be fulfilling her Mayoral responsibilities.”

Shantz was elected Woolwich’s mayor last October.

The Township’s legal representation says those representing Mayor Shantz intend to make an application before the Superior Court to allow her to remain in office.

This matter will be before the Court, which means the status of the Office of Mayor for Woolwich will be determined by a Superior Court judge.

So far no court date has been annouced.

The Township says based on legal advice, it will not be taking any action outside of the Notice of Default and will wait for the outcome of the court proceedings before making further comments.