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Township Council

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The present Township Council was elected for a four-year term ending in November, 2022. Council is Blandford-Blenheim’s decision-making body and is comprised of an elected Mayor and 4 Councillors. The Mayor, also referred to as Head of Council, and all Councillors are elected Township-wide.

The elected Council represents the public and considers the well-being and interests of Blandford-Blenheim on a range of matters such as roads, fire protection, parks, policing, and recreation facilities.

Council develops and determines which services the municipality provides and carries out the duties of Council under the Municipal Act and other provincial legislation.

Our Mayor

Mark Peterson

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A Message from Mayor Mark Peterson:

"I would like to sincerely welcome everyone to Blandford-Blenheim Township. With our great location in southern Ontario , Blandford-Blenheim is strategically located to major highways and cities. Our Township offers amazing rural living with great service groups and volunteers that make us such a diverse community. Our parks offer ball facilities, pavilions, sport pads, arena and a new splash pad and with our many lakes and rivers and rolling countryside Blandford-Blenheim is very surreal and picturesque.

Your Township Council strives to keep your Township not only a place to live but a place to grow. If we all work together we can continue to make our Township the best place to work, live and play."

Councillor Randy Balzer

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Councillor G. Bruce Banbury

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Councillor Nancy Demarest

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Councillor Justin Read

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Township staff and Council

Council Meetings

Regular meetings of Council are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 4:00pm in Council Chambers at the Township Office, located at 47 Wilmot Street South, Drumbo Ontario. Note that during COVID Council Meetings will be held at the Princeton Centennial Hall, located at 35 Main Street South, Princeton Ontario. Occasionally, special meetings of Council may be called. Notice of special meetings will be posted on the Township website. In the months of July and August, Council meets once a month at a time decided by Council.

2022 Council Meeting Dates

January 12 & 19, 2022
February 2 & 16, 2022
March 2 & 16, 2022
April 6 & 20, 2022

May 4 & 18, 2022
June 1 & 15, 2022
July 6, 2022
August 3, 2022

September 7 & 21, 2022
October 5 & 19, 2022
November 2 & 16, 2022
December 7 & 21, 2022

Agendas & Minutes

Role of Council

(s. 224 of the Municipal Act, 2001)

  • 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 policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decision of Council
  • to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  • to carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.

Role of Head Council

(s. 225 of the Municipal Act, 2001)

  • to act as chief executive officer of the municipality
  • to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively
  • to provide leadership to the council
  • without limiting clause (c), to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1)
  • to represent the municipality at official functions; and
  • to carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act

Addressing Council


Correspondence to Council can be sent to the Township Office, 47 Wilmot Street South, Box 100, Drumbo Ontario N0J 1G0, or e-mailed to

If you have a concern or need a decision of Council on a particular matter, you have the right to appear as a delegation at a meeting with Councillors to discuss your concerns.

If you have a concern about something happening in the Township, contact Township Staff to discuss the issue before registering as a delegation. Some concerns can be addressed by staff without having to go to Council for a decision.

If your issue cannot be resolved by staff, staff can then advise you of the next steps to address your concerns, which may include appearing before Council.

Anyone who wishes to make a presentation to Council is required to make an appointment by contacting the Clerk who will advise of the best date and time to make a presentation. If there are multiple delegates wishing to address an issue, the Clerk may encourage them to select one spokesperson to present their views within the allotted time frame. Any documentation to be presented should be delivered to the Township office one week prior to the meeting for inclusion in the distributed Council package. Please note that correspondence intended for Council is generally received as public information which is subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any person submitting correspondence shall advise the Clerk of any confidential items and the general nature of the confidentiality.

Delegations are permitted to speak for 10 minutes, but may extend their speaking time with the permission of Council. As a delegation, you should not speak disrespectfully of any person, use offensive words, speak on any subject other than the subject for which you have received approval, disobey any decision of the Mayor, or enter into cross debate with other delegations, staff, or Members of Council.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest

All members of Council, local boards and committees have an obligation to act honestly and responsibly when making decisions or giving advice on Council, board or committee matters. This obligation includes the disclosure of pecuniary interest.

A pecuniary interest refers to a situation where a member has a direct or indirect conflict related to a matter under consideration. A full explanation of direct and indirect pecuniary interests can be found in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

The onus is on the member to determine whether they are affected by the pecuniary interest provisions.All members must submit their disclosures of pecuniary interest in writing to the Clerk immediately following the meeting during which they verbally disclose a pecuniary interest using the Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest Form.

A registry of the written disclosures of pecuniary interests is available below:

March 6th, 2019 - Councillor Demarest - Closed Session Meeting of Council.

Municipal Elections

The next Municipal Election is happening in October 2018. This information is with respect to the most recent election in October 2014.

Candidate Financial Statements

Election Results

Other duties performed by Council

  • Attending Municipal functions
  • Represent the Township on various Advisory Committees

The Mayor and Council are always receptive to your input and comments, and your attendance at Committee or Council is welcome.

Township Staff
Chief Building Official
John Scherer
Phone: 519-462-2697 (East Zorra Tavistock Office)
Fax: 519-463-5881
Building Inspector / Property Standards Enforcement Officer
Ray Belanger
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7429
Fax: 519-463-5881
Dustin Robson
Phone: 519-539-9800 ex 3211
Drainage Superintendent
Jim Harmer
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7433
Fax: 519-463-5881
Rodger Mordue
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7427
Fax: 519-463-5881
Deputy Clerk
Sarah Matheson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7422
Fax: 519-463-5881

Director of Finance/Treasurer
Denise Krug
Treasury, Budgeting, Financial Reporting & Planning
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7424
Fax: 519-463-5881
Deputy Treasurer/Revenue Co-ordinator
Katie Koski
Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Property Tax Administrator
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7425
Fax: 519-463-5881
Finance/ Customer Service Clerk
Shanna Kamenar
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7421
Fax: 519-463-5881

Director of Protective Services
Fire Chief
Rick Richardson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7423
Fax: 519-463-5881
Protective Services Administrator
Michelle VanWyk
Protective Services Administration / CEMC
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7432
Fax: 519-463-5881
Director of Public Works
Jim Borton
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7426
Fax: 519-463-5881
Road Supervisor
Ben Minutillo
Drumbo Shop: 519-463-5389
Manager of Community Services
Trevor Baer
Arena Contact, Maintenance Lead
Phone: 519-684-7482
Fax: 519-684-6886