February 16, 2017 · 0 Comments
By Mike Pickford
Orangeville Council voted unanimously to approve a motion supporting councillor Nick Garisto at Monday night’s municipal meeting, with the long-time local politician currently dealing with a number of health issues.
Mr. Garisto, who is serving his fourth term as a member of Orangeville council, having been re-elected in 2014 following three previous stints between 1994 and 2003, has missed six of the last seven municipal meetings dating back to Nov. 7, and was at risk of violating a code in the Municipal Act which states that if a councillor misses enough meetings he or she must vacate the seat.
Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock made the motion that council authorize the absence of Mr. Garisto until the end of April so he can try to recover from the health issues he has been facing.
While there has been little detail released to the public regarding Mr. Garisto’s condition, Mayor Jeremy Williams said he “hasn’t been feeling the best lately” and confirmed he had spoken to Mr. Garisto recently to pass along his well-wishes.
“I wish councillor Garisto well – he’s got a great heart and he’s always been one of the very best for Orangeville. I really hope he can get well and return to office in the near future,” Mayor Williams said. “This motion was council’s way of sending a message to Councillor Garisto to take a little extra time to get better.”
The motion means Mr. Garisto is likely to miss a further four meetings from now through to the end of April. The next meeting in which he would be expected to appear will take place on May 8.