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Town postpones naming representative to Niagara “Falls” Parks Commission

The customary appointment of the mayor of Fort Erie to the Niagara Parks Commission during the inaugural meeting Monday night was postponed to a special meeting of town council next Monday.

Mayor Doug Martin said provincial tourism minister Michael Chan phoned him on Friday telling him he wanted someone else to be the town’s representative on the board.

It is part of a clean sweep of the embattled provincial agency that saw all four of the government appointees removed last week and replaced by high-ranking civil servants.

The ministry also wants new members appointed by the municipalities who also send four representatives from Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Region.

Martin said he withdrew the motion for appointment to the commission and a special meeting will be held next Monday for councillors to discuss the issue.

Fort Erie’s procedural bylaw states the “head of council” will be the representative on the board. Niagara Falls and regional council choose members from their councils, while NOTL normally appoints its mayor.

Martin said Chan called the agency the “Niagara Falls Parks Commission” during their phone call.

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