News Timmins Council Briefs from Sept. 8 SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 2020 PAYMENT PLAN OFFERED ON TAX AND WATER BILLS The free ride on paying city of Timmins water and tax bills is over at the end of the month. However, you can stretch out paying the arrears you’ve accumulated during the pandemic. Council has approved the plan presented by finance director Natalie Moore. There are several conditions. For example, it’s not automatic – you have to apply by the first of December. And you can pay off whatever amount you’ve accumulated since March… in interest-free instalments. You can stretch that out until the end of 2022. FILLING THE VACANT COUNCIL SEAT The clock started ticking this past Saturday. Timmins council has 60 days to decide how to fill the Ward 5 seat officially vacated that day by Noella Rinaldo. But it won’t take that long. City clerk Steph Palmateer says the Municipal Act sets out the terms, and offers two ways to proceed: appointment or byelection. Council is expected to decide which method to use, when it meets again on September 22nd.