As required by the Municipal Act, the remuneration and expenses of individual Smiths Falls town council members have been released to the public.
“None of us are on the sunshine list,” said Councillor Chris Cummings in moving the motion to approve the release of the information, referring to the annual publication of lists of all provincial employees paid $100,000 or more. He also noted that the expenses in the report are not paid directly to the councillors themselves, but are used to cover the cost of items such as conference registration and train travel.
Mayor Shawn Pankow received total remuneration of $32,875.43 in 2016, while claiming expenses of $3,553. He also received additional compensation of $4,135 for serving as a member of the Police Services Board, and $500 for representing Smiths Falls at Lanark County Council.
Remuneration for the remaining members of council was as follows:
- Lorraine Allen – $15,877.16;
- Jay Brennan – $16,382.16;
- Chris Cummings – $15,991.84;
- John Maloney – $16,787.52;
- Joe Gallipeau – $15,973.25; and
- Dawn Quinn – $15,977.16.
Gallipeau was the only member of council to claim no expenses at all in 2016, although he did receive additional remuneration of $700 for serving as Smiths Falls’ representative to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.
Expenses claimed by the remaining members of council were as follows:
- Lorraine Allen – $2,430.58;
- Jay Brennan – $2,461.94;
- Chris Cummings – $2,563.20;
- John Maloney – $4,186; and
- Dawn Quinn – $784.94.
As a member of the Police Services Board, Cummings received additional remuneration of $4,135. The remaining members of the board, who received similar remuneration, are Karen Hallinan, Tom Ariss, and Rob Dopson.