County Council

The County of Elgin...

became incorporated in 1852, the original municipalities included the Townships of Aldborough, Dunwich, Southwold, Yarmouth, Malahide, Bayham and South Dorchester and the Village of St. Thomas which also served as the County Seat. In 1861, the City of St. Thomas officially separated from the County and formed a single tier government.

While the boundaries of the County have remained unchanged to this day, there have been a number of changes to local governments over time, with the emergence of new towns and villages and the departure of others. The most significant change occurred in 1998 when the County restructured into seven local municipalities.

The seven municipalities within Elgin County are all unique in their own ways, providing employment, recreation, transportation options and a friendly and welcoming feel to residents and visitors alike.

Councillors

Grant Jones

Years on Council: 2nd Term
Municipality: Southwold
Office: Mayor/ Elgin County Warden 2017

Dominique Giguère

Years on Council: Inaugural Term
Municipality: Malahide
Office: Deputy Mayor

Tom Marks

Years on Council: 3rd Term
Municipality: Central Elgin
Office: Deputy Mayor

Dave Mennill

Years on Council: 4th Term
Municipality: Malahide
Office: Mayor/ Elgin County Warden 2011

Mary French

Years on Council: Inaugural Term
Municipality: Aylmer
Office: Mayor

Sally Martyn

Years on Council: 2nd Term
Municipality: Central Elgin
Office: Mayor

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Duncan McPhail

Years on Council: 13
Municipality: West Elgin
Office: Mayor/Elgin County Warden 2019

Ed Ketchabaw

Years on Council: Inaugural Term
Municipality: Bayham
Office: Mayor

Bob Purcell

Years on Council:
Municipality: 7 Dutton/Dunwich
Office: Mayor/Elgin County Warden 1986 & 1987

COUNTY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED TO BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND ASSOCIATIONS

CITY-COUNTY RELATIONS – Warden McPhail, Councillors French, Ketchabaw
ELGIN COUNTY MUSEUM ADVISORY – Councillor Martyn
SOUTHWESTERN PUBLIC HEALTH – Councillors Jones, Marks
HEALTH RECRUITMENT PARTNERSHIP – Councillor Jones
HUMAN RESOURCES - Warden McPhail, Councillors Mennill, Ketchabaw
JOINT ELGIN/CENTRAL ELGIN ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY – Councillor Martyn
POA COURT FACILITY - Warden McPhail, Councillors Purcell, Jones, Mennill
RURAL INITIATIVES – Councillors Ketchabaw, Marks, Giguère
ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE – Councillor Giguère
TERRACE LODGE BUILDING – Warden McPhail, Councillors Mennill, French, Marks, Purcell
WASTE MANAGEMENT/LIAISON – Committee Of The Whole Council

WATER ADVISORY – Councillor French
GREENLANE COMMUNITY TRUST FUND - City of St. Thomas

POLICY REVIEW - Councillors Giguère, French, Purcell
WESTERN ONTARIO WARDENS CAUCUS - Warden McPhail/Deputy Warden Jones
COMMUNITY LEADERS CABINET - Warden McPhail/Deputy Warden Jones

Municipal Directory

The Municipality of Bayham has an energy focus on the environment, agriculture, and business services.
The Municipality of Central Elgin is the quintessential rural getaway, with a variety of recreational, leisure and cultural activities.
With its immediate access to Highway 401, the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich has become attractive for families seeking a “small town” alternative to the busier urban lifestyle.
The Town of Aylmer has become the epicentre of business and commerce for eastern Elgin County.
The Township of Malahide is known for its rich agricultural industry, and is home to the Ontario Police College
The Township of Southwold is a predominantly rural community with a strong agricultural base.
The Municipality of West Elgin is ideally situated for companies interested in proximity to the 401-corridor midway between Windsor and Toronto.

Council's Strategic Vision 2015-2018

TOP 6 PRIORITIES FOR THE TERM:
1) Financial sustainability/self sufficiency – following the 10 year financial plan with modest tax increase(s)
2) Rebuild Terrace Lodge
3) Strengthen upper-tier/lower-tier partnerships (i.e. economic development, fire inspection services, aerial fire truck in east and west)
4) Invest in (rebuild) County infrastructure and maintain assets
5) Promote Elgin for business and attract people to communities – measure success of this through outcomes
6) Health Recruitment across the County
TOP 4 GOALS FOR 2015-2016:
1) Stay within approved budget with reasonable tax increase
2) Rebuild Terrace Lodge
3) Relocate Dexter Line
4) Convince School Boards of importance of rural schools to local communities
USE OF RESERVES TO REDUCE COUNTY LEVY:
Council demonstrated a moderate to high propensity to use reserves to lower the County levy
WILLINGNESS TO CUT SERVICES TO ACHIEVE A BUDGET TARGET:
Low to moderate inclination to cut services
TWO THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT COUNTY OPERATIONS:
1) Better communication and interaction with local municipal partners
2) Discuss fire services across the County
SWOT ANALYSIS RESULTS:
Primary Strength: Unified Council/Staff and common local interests
Primary Weakness: Low assessment/tax base
Primary Opportunity: Growing the business sector, particularly agri-business
Primary Threat: Lack of predictable and sustainable funding