Stevens seat at St. Catharines council will remain empty

St. Catharines council has decided not to fill a fellow councillor's now vacant seat.

Merritton ward councillor Jennie Stevens is heading to Queen's Park after winning last week's provincial election.

Councillors agreeing there is a limited amount of time for an individual to get up to speed with the municipal election just a few months away.

Wages that would have been paid to Stevens prior to the October election will be used to ramp up the Merritton fireworks display on the Labour Day weekend.