Blind River council will stay at seven

Blind River council will not be reduced following a community-wide survey.

It was suggested by KPMG as part of its service delivery review in the spring that the size of council at seven members be reduced to five to save money, but council insisted on going out to the community for their say.

Residents, businesses, and ratepayers were all given the opportunity to take part in the online survey with 167 respondents taking part and 51% of them recommending retaining council as is.

KPMG said the reduction in the size of council could trim about $21,000 from the annual council budget of about $100,000 for salary and benefits, but that would also mean more work and hours invested by the remaining five.

In the end, council unanimously voted to retain council as-is with one mayor and six councillors.


PHOTO: Blind River council will remain at a full complement of seven individuals, one mayor and six councillors. Photo by

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