Council

Township Council

The present Zorra Township Council was elected for a four-year term running from December 2014 to November 2018.  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.

Our Mayor

A Message from Mayor Lupton

Welcome to the Zorra website.  It is my hope that you will visit regularly to learn more about the work of Council and Staff and also about the many unique events that occur over the year in our Township.

By educating yourself as to the issues in Zorra you will be able to share your insights and expertise with members of Council so that we can truly represent you as decisions are made.  Government in Zorra will benefit greatly from your participation.

Watch for local activities advertised on this site and plan to attend as many as you can.  Zorra is not large in population but yearly there are many community based events that draw thousands of visitors to this area.  Join them and experience the beauty of Zorra, exceptional events and world class hospitality.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Margaret Lupton
Mayor, Township of Zorra

306-199 Hope St. E.
Tavistock, ON 
N0B 2R0 
Phone: 519-412-0065 Fax: 519-485-2520 (Zorra office)  
Send email to Mayor Lupton

Mayors Blog
Mayor Lupton's Inaugural Address - read the Inaugural Address that was delivered upon being sworn into office as Mayor of Zorra Township on December 1, 2014.

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

 

Marie Keasey
114 Stanley Street South
Thamesford, ON  N0M 2M0
Home 519-285-2542
Send email to Marie Keasey

Ward 3 Councillor

Marcus Ryan
237175 23rd Line, RR 2
St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
Cell 519-301-1634
Send email to Marcus Ryan

Ward 4 Councillor

 

Doug Matheson
316342 31st Line, RR 3
Embro, ON  N0J 1J0
Home 519-475-6051
Send email to Doug Matheson

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.  

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 in December 1, 2014 and will continue until November 30, 2018.  The next municipal election is scheduled to be held on Monday, October 29, 2018.  

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.