Council

Central Huron Council 2022-2026

Central Huron Council 2022-2026

Back row L-R: Councillor Dan Colquhoun, Councillor Michael Russo, Councillor Jennifer Cox, Councillor Everett Smith, Councillor Adam Robinson
Front row L-R: CAO Steve Doherty, Deputy Mayor Marg Anderson, Mayor Jim Ginn, Councillor Alison Lobb, Clerk Rachel Anstett

Council members and contact information

Mayor Jim Ginn

Mayor Jim GinnMayor Jim Ginn is a life-long farmer of a beautiful farm that backs along the Maitland River and has one hundred acres of trees. He has a deep love of nature and has won both provincial and national awards for environmental stewardship. Previously, Jim was a career farmer in the dairy industry (and involved in many dairy industry committees) before changing to a cow/calf beef operation. In Central Huron, Jim serves on the Personnel, Court of Revision, and Destination Central Huron Committees and the former Bluewater Youth Centre working group. At the County-level, he serves on the Finance Committee, Economic Development, Huronview Demonstration Farm, and represents Huron County on the SWIFT board, the Nuclear Innovation Institute, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus Economic Development Committee. Jim served two terms as a municipal councillor and four years as Huron County Warden. This is his fourth term as Mayor.

Contact Jim Ginn
Email: jginn@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-524-2522 

Deputy Mayor Marg Anderson

Deputy Mayor Marg AndersonMarg has lived on a farm in Central Huron for over four decades. She is a retired health care worker and enjoys being with her family (including her thirteen grandchildren!), cycling, walking, reading, gardening, and canning. She has previously served as a municipal councillor for twenty-five years, first with Hullett Township and then as an East Ward Councillor. Marg currently serves on the Community Safety and Well-Being, Drinking Water Quality Management Standard, Personnel, and Emergency Management Committees. She always strives to best represent all residents of Central Huron.

Contact Marg Anderson
Email: manderson@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-525-6647

Councillor Alison Lobb (West Ward)

Councillor Alison LobbAlison was raised in Toronto, successfully attending one year at the Veterinarian College before getting married and moving as a teenager to a small farm in Goderich Township. Through her years, her farm included dairy cattle, hogs, beef cattle, and sheep before happily transitioning to cash crops. Alison has five children who she both love and like. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University and taught business subjects part-time at Centralia College for twenty-six years until the College's closure. Later, she was hired by the County and ran the Small Business Centre in Seaforth. Alison has always been active in community groups, first running for municipal politics in 1993 and has truly enjoyed her involvement all these years. She currently serves on the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, Recycling and Landfill Committee, Team Central Huron, and the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard Committee.

Contact Alison Lobb
Email: chalobb@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-525-2229

Councillor Adam Robinson (West Ward)
Councillor Adam RobinsonAdam has lived in Clinton for over a decade with his spouse and children. He is a Paramedic with the County of Huron. He serves on the Police Service Board. 


Contact Adam Robinson
Email: arobinson@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-441-0009
Councillor Michael Russo (West Ward)
Councillor Michael RussoMichael has been a resident of Central Huron since 1984. He is a former business owner an experienced Senior Account Manager with McCabe Promotional. Michael is the Chair of the Fire Board for Goderich/Central Huron, is the Central Huron representative on the R.E.A.C.H. Board in addition to serving on the Landfill Board for North and Central Huron. Michael finds being a Councillor very fulfilling and he looks forward to each meeting. This is his second term as a Councillor for the West Ward.


Contact Michael Russo
Email: mrusso@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-955-1660
Councillor Dan Colquhoun (East Ward)
Councillor Dan ColquhounDan has lived in Clinton all of his life. He is a graduate of Central Huron Secondary School and had a 39-year career as the local Liquor Control Board of Ontario store manager. Dan has served as a Councillor for many years and his service includes bringing development to the municipality including the new Ontario Provincial Police station and Clinton Raceway and Casino. He serves on the Clinton Raceway, Workplace Joint Health and Safety, and Personnel Committees.

Contact Dan Colquhoun
Email: dcolquhoun@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-482-3997
Councillor Jennifer Cox (East Ward)
Councillor Jennifer CoxBorn and raised in Clinton and Vanastra, Jennifer and her husband returned to Clinton in 2003 to raise their family. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Windsor and is currently employed with Avon Maitland District School Board as an Online Literacy Practitioner at the Clinton Centre for Employment and Learning. She serves on the Sloman Park and Business Improvement Area Committees. This is her first term on Council.


Contact Jennifer Cox
Email: jenncox@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 519-440-9274
Councillor Everett Smith (East Ward)
Councillor Everett SmithEverett lives on his family beef farm and is the proud father of three children with another on the way! He is a Station Technician for Enbridge Gas. Everett is a graduate of the Electronics Engineering Technician program at Fanshawe College and recently completed a professional certificate in management from Western University. He has been a member of the Central Huron Fire Department for a decade and loves to coach and help with all sports teams including the Clinton Mustangs, Huron Huskies, and the Huron Heat. Everett currently serves on the Auburn Hall, Drainage, and Bluewater Recycling Association Committees. He is proud to serve Central Huron and help any and all constituents! 


Contact Everett Smith
Email: esmith@centralhuron.com 
Telephone: 226-921-1282

Role and responsibility of Council

The governing body of the Municipality of Central Huron is the Council. It consists of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and three Councillors from each of the two Wards (East & West). The ratepayers of the Municipality elect the Members of Council for a four-year term of office. Having both legislative and executive responsibilities, Council deals with matters that require policy direction, By-Laws or By-Law amendments and responses or actions to pertinent issues.

It is the role of the Head of Council (the Mayor):
  • to act as chief executive officer of the municipality; 
  • to preside over council meetings;
  • to provide leadership to council;
  • to represent the Municipality at official functions; and
  • to carry out the duties as the head of council under this or any other act.
It is the role of Council:
  • to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the Municipality;
  • to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the Municipality;
  • to determine which services the Municipality provides;
  • to ensure that administrative practices and procedures are in place to; 
  • implement the decisions of Council; 
  • to maintain the financial integrity of the Municipality; and
  • to carry out the duties of Council under this or any other act.

Council Meetings

Regular Council Meetings are held on the First and Third Monday of every month at 5:00 PM, unless otherwise stated on our Council Meeting Calendar. Our 2024 Council Meeting Calendar is now available and effective January 1, 2024. 

If you wish to address Council at a Council Meeting, please submit a deputation request prior to 10:00 AM the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Closed Council Meetings

Municipal councils, local boards, and their committees must meet behind closed doors on occasion to deal with some matters. The purpose of a closed meeting is to receive information or give direction. Local government in Ontario must be transparent and accountable. To this end, the Province has set the rules for a council, local board, or a committee to go into a closed meeting. These rules are found in section 239 of the Municipal Act 2001 and they must be strictly followed.

Council Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct was adopted in 2013 and applies to members of Central Huron and local boards.

A Code of Conduct serves as a reference guide on ethical behaviour when members are acting in their official capacity, and supplements legislative standards and parameters within which members are obligated to conduct themselves.

A Code of Conduct encourages the public's right to expect that its representatives adhere to the highest standards of conduct.  Adherence to such standards will in turn help to protect and maintain a municipality's reputation and integrity.

For information on how to make a complaint, please contact the Clerk who will outline the process. The Clerk can be contacted by email at clerk@centralhuron.com or by telephone at 519-482-3997 ext. 1246.

Public Registry of Conflict of Interest

Section 5.1 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires a member of Council to file a written statement after disclosure of a pecuniary interest under Section 5 of the Act. It requires all municipalities to establish and maintain a registry of all declarations made by members of Council under the Act. The registry must include the original written declaration provided by the member of Council and must be available to the public. Verbal declarations are recorded and published as part of the minutes of each meeting. The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires Members to submit a written declaration in addition to making a verbal declaration.

The declaration data for an agenda item becomes available when the minutes for a meeting have been published and there can be a delay of several days after a meeting before this data becomes available. The written document has been provided to the Clerk. If you would like to view the document, please contact the Clerk. 
As per 6.1(1) of the Act, every municipality and local board shall establish and maintain a registry. As per 6.1(2), the registry shall be available for public inspection in the manner and during the time that municipality or local board, as the case may be, may determine.  

2023
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting January 9, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 21, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.4  Cheque issued to spouse's business. 
Regular Meeting  March 20, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business. 
Regular Meeting April 3, 2023 Everett Smith 6.3.4 Employee of Enbridge Gas.
Regular Meeting April 24, 2023 Michael Russo 6.2.4 Reimbursement of election fee.
Regular Meetng April 24, 2023 Alison Lobb 6.2.4 Reimbursement of election fee.
Regular Meeting April 24, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Reimbursement for election nomination.
Regular Meeting April 24, 2023 Jim Ginn 6.2.4 Reimbursement of election nomination.
Regular Meeting May 8, 2023 Everett Smith 6.3.7 Enbridge Gas is employer.
Budget Meeting May 15, 2023 Jennifer Cox 6.2.4 Reimbursement for election fee.
Regular Meeting May 23, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.5 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 19, 2023 Everett Smith 7.2.4 Cheque issued to self for nomination reimbursement.
Regular Meeting September 25, 2023 Marg Anderson 7.2.4 Cheques issued to spouse's business
Regular Meeting October 23, 2023 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
2022
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting January 10, 2022 Michael Russo 6.2.6 Cheque issued to business he works for.
Regular Meeting January 10, 2022  Marg Anderson 6.2.6 Cheque issued to her spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 22, 2022 Alex Westerhout 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 22, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 21, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 20, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque made out to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 6, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.3.2 We have sheep.
Regular Meeting September 20, 2022 Adam Robinson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 20, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting October 17, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque is to me for livestock killed by coyotes.
Regular Meeting October 17, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 2, 2022 Everett Smith 10.2.3 Demolition and building permit related to personal residence.
Regular Meeting December 19, 2022 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
2021
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting January 11, 2021 Marg Anderson  6.2.4 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 2, 2021 Marg Anderson  4.1 Spouse's business may be involved in the program.
Regular Meeting February 2, 2021 Adam Robinson 4.1 Spouse's business may be involved in the program.
Regular Meeting February 2, 2021 Adam Robinson  9.2 Spouse's business may be involved in the progran.
Budget Meeting February 3, 2021 Marg Anderson  5.3 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 16, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 16, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.3.4 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 16, 2021 Adam Robinson 4.3 Presenter is his sister-in-law.
Regular Meeting March 1, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.6 Dumpster may be owned by spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 15, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting April 19, 2021 Adam Robinson 9.5.1 Presenter is his sister-in-law.
Regular Meeting April 19, 2021 Alex Westerhout 9.3.4 Landowner of property with salvage yard.
Regular Meeting May 17, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting May 17, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.3.4 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting May 17, 2021 Adam Robinson 9.5.1 Sister-in-law submitted request.
Regular Meeting June 21, 2021 Marg Anderson  6.2.4  Cheque issued to spouse's business. 
Regular Meeting July 19, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business. 
Regular Meeting July 19, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.10 Related to cheque made out to spouse.
Regular Meeting October 18, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 15, 2021 Marg Anderson 6.2.4 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
2020
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting January 13, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business. 
Regular Meeting January 13, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.8 Potential to impact spouse's business
Regular Meeting February 3, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 3, 2020 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting  February 4, 2020 Marg Anderson Environmental Discussions (Mid-Huron Recycling) Potential to impact spouse's business.
Budget Meeting February 19, 2020 Adam Robinson Budget Line #7536 Spouse applied to facade grant for their business.
Regular Meeting March 2, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 2, 2020 Adam Robinson 9.2 Member of the Central Huron Fire Department.
Regular Meeting March 2, 2020 Alex Westerhout 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 16, 2020 Marg Anderson  5.5e Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting April 6, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1e Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting April 14, 2020 Adam Robinson Any discussion re: Facade Grant Program Spouse eligible to apply to Program.
Regular Meeting May 4, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting  June 1, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 15, 2020 Adam Robinson Any discussion re: Facade Grant Program Spouse eligible to apply to Program.
Regular Meeting June 15, 2020 Alex Westerhout 5.2b and 10.4 Daer Municipal located on property owner by spouse.
Regular Meeting July 6, 2020 Adam Robinson 5.4 Spouse eligible to apply to Facade Grant Program.
Regular Meeting August 4, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1b Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 8, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1b Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 8, 2020 Adam Robinson 5.1b Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting October 5, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1.d Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 2, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1b Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 16, 2020 Marg Anderson 9.3 Potential impact to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 23, 2020 Marg Anderson 3.1 Potential impact to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting December 7, 2020 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting December 7, 2020 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
2019
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting February 4, 2019 Marg Anderson  2.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business.
Budget Meeting February 5, 2019 Marg Anderson   Mid-Huron Recycling landfill affecting husband's business.
Regular Meeting February 19, 2019 Michael Russo 5.4 Resident of Bluewater Beach.
Regular Meeting May 21, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential impact to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 17, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential impact to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting July 15, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting July 15, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting August 6, 2019 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 3, 2019 Marg Anderson 4.5 Mayor's comment regarding Mid-Huron Recycling.
Regular Meeting September 16, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 16, 2019 Marg Anderson 10.6 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 23, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting October 7, 2019 Marg Anderson 9.3 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting October 21, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting October 21, 2019 Adam Robinson 7.1 Potential impact on employment.
Regular Meeting October 21, 2019 Alex Westerhout 5.1 Demolition permit issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 4, 2019 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 4, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 4, 2019 Marg Anderson 10.2 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting December 16, 2019 Marg Anderson 5.5 Potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting December 16, 2019 Alex Westerhout 5.1 Spouse owns company to which building permit applies.
Regular Meeting December 16, 2019 Marg Anderson 14.1 Seek to remove self during discussion and presentation of the report of which they were being investigated for.
2018
Meeting TypeDatePersonAgenda ItemReason
Regular Meeting January 15, 2018 Marg Anderson 4.2, 10.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business and closure of Mid-Huron landfill impacting spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 5, 2018 Dave Jewitt 5.3 He is an employee of Gateway Casino.
Regular Meeting February 5, 2018 Marg Anderson  4.1, 10.4, 3.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business and closure of Mid-Huron landfill impacting spouse's business.
Regular Meeting February 5, 2018 Adam Robinson 4.1, 10.6 Cheque issued to spouse's business and spouse applies for a Facade grant each year.
Regular Meeting February 20, 2018 Marg Anderson 8.2 Closure of Mid-Huron Landfill has potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 5, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 13, 2018 Marg Anderson 6.1 Mid-Huron landfill closure will impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting March 23, 2018 Adam Robinson 4.1 Fire Hall Lease and party being discussed is his employer.
Regular Meeting April 3, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.7, 9.3, 9.4, 7.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business, by-law impacting spouse's business, recycling agreement impacting spouse's business, granddaughter is on the St. Anne's hockey team.
Regular Meeting April 16, 2018 Marg Anderson 9.4 By-law 31-2018 potentially impacts spouse's business.
Regular Meeting April 16, 2018 Dave Jewitt 14.1 Employee of Gateway Casino which has lease agreement with Clinton Raceway.
Regular Meeting April 23, 2018 Marg Anderson 4.2 Mid-Huron landfill closure has a potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting May 7, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting May 22, 2018 Marg Anderson 8.1, 4.1 Closure will affect spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 4, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 4, 2018 Adam Robinson 9.1 Fire Chief is father-in-law.
Regular Meeting June 4, 2018 Jim Ginn 7.1 Is mentioned in correspondence from Gerard Boon.
Regular Meeting June 18, 2018 Marg Anderson 9.1, 9.3 Mid-Huron Landfill Agreement, and Mid-Huron Recycling Centre Board will impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting June 18, 2018 Adam Robinson 10.5 Spouse may apply for second intake of Facade Grant Program.
Regular Meeting June 18, 2018 Alex Westerhout 4.2, 12 Drainage report, spouse is a property-owner mentioned in report.
Regular Meeting July 16, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1, 10.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business, Mid-Huron Recycling Centre Board potentially impacting spouse's business.
Regular Meeting July 23, 2018 Marg Anderson 3.7 Mid-Huron Landfill update has potential to impact spouse's business.
Regular Meeting July 23, 2018 Adam Robinson 3.7 Huron Paramedic services is employer.
Regular Meeting August 7, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheques issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting August 7, 2018 Adam Robinson 5.1, 10.9 Cheque issued to spouse's business, spouse's business applied for a Facade Grant.
Regular Meeting September 17. 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting September 17, 2018 Adam Robinson 7.1 Correspondence affecting employer.
Regular Meeting October 1, 2018 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 5, 2018 Adam Robinson 5.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting November 19, 2018 Adam Robinson 9.1 County of Huron is employer.
Regular Meeting November 19, 2018 Marg Anderson 5.1 Building permit was issued to her son.
Regular Meeting December 3, 2018 Adam Robinson 8.1 Cheque issued to spouse's business.
Regular Meeting December 17, 2018 Adam Robinson 10.3 Spouse requested to carry over Facade Grant to 2019 for their business.

Council Remuneration Summary 2022

Honourarium (Annual rate paid bi-weekly)
  • Mayor - $14,422.72
  • Deputy Mayor - $9,848.28
  • Councillor - $6,555.64
Per-diem Meeting Attendance:

Council Meeting: $146.85 (per meeting)
Committees & Other Pre-Authorized Commitments (less than 3 hours): $88.09

Committees & Other Pre-Authorized Commitments (more than 3 hours): $146.85
Committees & Other Pre-Authorized Commitments (more than 5 hours): $278.36

Mileage:
Per kilometer for meetings attended outside of the Municipality: $0.59
Conference, Seminar & Education Expenses:
Maximum annual conference spending (excluding per-diem): $3232.49
Maximum annual education spending (excluding per-diem): $1144.91 (must have pre-approval by Council resolution)
Meal expenses (per day, with receipts, if not covered by conference registration): $64.65