Update on MOECC charges

In August 2015, the Village of Westport received 2 summons informing it that the Municipality had been jointly charged with Mr Scott Bryce, Clerk/Treasurer.  The first charge relates to activity at the waste water plant from December 1, 2013 to June 15, 2014 and the second charge is for the period between June 12, 2014 and June 15, 2014.

I want to keep you informed on what is happening in relation to the charges.  After meeting with the Village lawyer on two separate occasions, Council passed a motion to vigorously defend the Municipality and Mr Bryce against these charges.  This means that there will be a trial later this year.  To say anything more about the details of the cases would be inappropriate as the matter is before the courts.

I can update you, though, on what the process will be moving forward until the trial.

On March 21st – Mr Tony Fleming, representing the Village and Mr Bryce, has a pretrial meeting with the Provincial Prosecutor in the Justice of the Peace Chambers in Brockville.  This meeting is administrative – to discuss the anticipated length of the trial. The results of the pre-trial allow the Court Administration to find consecutive  court dates the trial.

On April 20th – Mr Fleming will appear in Provincial Offences Court in Brockville to set the date for the trial.  This court appearance and the trial are open to the public.
If any of these dates change, I will keep you updated.