Council

Township Council

The present Zorra Township Council was elected for a four-year term running from December 2018 to November 2022. Zorra Township has four wards and each ward has its own Councillor. Comments or concerns may be directed to your local Councillor by phone or email. If you're not sure which ward you live in, review the ward map. You are also welcome to direct comments and concerns to our Mayor.

Zorra Township Council meets in regular session on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am and the third Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 274620 27th Line. Meetings are open to the public.  Agendas are posted on the Township website on the Friday before each Council meeting. 

Anyone wishing to make a presentation to Council must contact the Clerk at 519-485-2490 ext 228. Click here for a Delegation Request Form.

Click here to review the Council Achievements from our 2014-2018 Council.

Our Mayor

A Message from Mayor Ryan

Welcome!

We strive to make Zorra better by doing our part, and I hope you’ll join us.  Zorra works hard to be vibrant, engaged, environmentally conscious, and economically prosperous.

Zorra offers an exceptional rural lifestyle.  Our location allows residents and businesses to enjoy a small village atmosphere with abundant green space, easy and fast access to big city amenities and large consumer markets, all while enjoying the advantages of living next to your farm neighbours.

Explore the local businesses, festivals, recreational opportunities, and community groups and find your own way of doing your part.

Check in on the website, follow the Township on Facebook or Twitter, phone or email Staff or Council:  we want to hear from you.

Join us and add to your community by doing your part!

Marcus Ryan
Mayor, Township of Zorra
237175 23rd Line, RR 2
St. Marys, ON N4X 1C5
Phone: 519-301-1634 Fax: 519-485-2520 (Zorra office)  
Send email to Mayor Ryan

Ward 1 Councillor

 

Ron Forbes
642960 Road 64, RR 3
Ingersoll, ON  N5C 3J6
Cell 519-709-4527
Send email to Ron Forbes

Ward 2 Councillor

 

Katie Davies
168 George Street
Thamesford, ON  N0M 2M0
Home 226-268-4495
Send email to Katie Davies

Ward 3 Councillor

Paul Mitchell
963229 Road 96, RR 2
St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
Home 519-349-2271
Send email to Paul Mitchell

Ward 4 Councillor

 

Steve MacDonald
455703 45th Line, RR 5
Embro, ON  N0J 1J0
Cell 519-475-4219
Send email to Steve MacDonald

Council Meetings

Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. and the third Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. In the months of July and August, Council meets once a month at a time decided by Council. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Township Municipal Office at 274620 27th Line.  Map it using Google Maps website.  

PUBLIC NOTICE: Zorra Council will be amending the procedural by-law at their December 18, 2018 Council Meeting to amend the above wording to be as follows - The Township Council shall meet the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. and on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Occasionally, special meetings of Council may be called. Notice of special meetings will be posted on the Township website.

How Township Council works

Township Council is the elected governing body of the municipality. Township of Zorra Council consists of the Mayor and 4 Councillors, one elected to each of the 4 wards in the Township. Members of Council are elected for a four year term of office.The current term began on December 3, 2018 and will continue until November 14, 2022. The next municipal election is scheduled to be held on Monday, October 23, 2022.  

Council has legislative and executive responsibilities for conducting the business of the municipality. Council must deal with broad based matters such as policy direction that influences future growth and development, and they must also make decisions on more specific, immediate issues affecting the day to day operations of the municipality. Township Council is responsible to all the citizens of the Township and must weigh each of its decisions with this in mind. Councillors are responsible to their local constituents under the ward system; however, they must carefully consider the concerns expressed by all parties. The goal of Council is to keep the decision making process as transparent as possible to meet the needs of the entire community and act in the best interests of the Township as a whole.

Attending a Council meeting

Council meetings are open to the general public.  There is a seating area located in the Council Chambers for members of the public to observe the meetings.  Members of the public are asked to refrain from addressing Council members during the meeting.  Members of the public are invited to participate in the meeting during the public question period held prior to the meeting's adjournment or to provide comments during the Public Meetings session when matters related to land use planning or drainage works are scheduled.

Council is required from time to time to adjourn the public portion of the Council meeting and move into a Closed Meeting session.  Members of the public will be asked to leave the Council Chambers during this time period.  A closed meeting session is required for Council to discuss a variety of issues that could include: the security of the property of the municipality; personal matters about identifiable individuals including municipal employees; proposed or pending acquisitions of land for municipal purposes; litigation or potential litigation: and matters relating to the consideration of a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Bringing a matter before Council

In most cases, citizen concerns can be resolved by Township staff.  If the appropriate municipal staff cannot resolve your issue, they can usually provide advice about the appropriate next steps to take, one of which could be to appear before Township Council as a delegation.   

Anyone who wishes to make a presentation to Council is required to make an appointment by contacting the Clerk who will advise of the best date and time to make a presentation.  If there are multiple delegates wishing to address an issue, the Clerk may encourage them to select one spokesperson to present their views within the allotted time frame.  Any documentation to be presented should be delivered to the Township Office by the Wednesday before the the meeting for inclusion in the distributed Council package.

Delegations are permitted to speak for only 15 minutes, but may extend their speaking time with the permission of Council.  As a delegation, you should not speak disrespectfully of any person, use offensive words, speak on any subject other than the subject for which you have received approval, disobey any decision of the Mayor, or enter into cross debate with other delegations, staff, or Members of Council. 

For more information about Council Delegations, please contact our Clerk at 519-485-2490 ext 228.