Pelham councillor resigns, calls town council 'unethical'

A Pelham councillor has handed in his resignation, saying council is going down a path that he views as 'increasingly unethical and dishonest.'

At the beginning of last night's meeting, Ward one councillor Marvin Junkin gave his letter to the clerk and walked out.

Mayor Dave Augustyn says the move comes as a shock but admitted it was the first meeting Councillor Junkin had attended in a while.

"We haven't spoken to the councillor, I haven't really seen him since the middle of October. So this was really a surprise to myself and all of council."

Augustyn says he plans to reach out to Junkin and try to figure out what prompted the decision.

"This was out of the blue. I don't know what he's referring to - it is regrettable that he resigned his seat. It's always a privilege to serve the community and we'll certainly miss his input and wish him well.."

The seat will be declared vacant at the next meeting and staff with consider options going forward - those options could include appointing someone to the seat or holding a byelection.

Councillor Richard Rybiak also represents ward one.