COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we live and not only have the cancellations and postponements thrown our lives into turmoil, it's created some interesting challenges for local government.
If the scheduled September local government election had been held, Monday night's Blayney Shire Council ordinary general meeting would have been the first for the new council, with potentially a few new faces to choose the mayor and deputy mayor for the next two years.
There would have been some background lobbying going on as the chairs got shuffled, particularly for the role of deputy mayor now held by Allan Ewin and contested by both him and Bruce Reynolds during Monday night's brief meeting.
What occurred though was a zoom meeting where the result was exactly the same as two years before, and because of the election on December 4, we'll be able to do it all again with a mayoral election on December 23rd.
The mayor Scott Ferguson was elected unopposed but in the race for deputy mayor there were two, incumbent Allan Ewin and second time contender Bruce Reynolds.
As it was two years ago Cr Ewin was voted in with four votes to Cr Reynolds' three.
But with David Kingham not running for council in the next election and Scott Denton yet to make a decision as to his future on council, how those numbers will roll in three months time is anyone's guess.
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