A fellow Tory stood down earlier this year prompting the vote for the Dumfries and Galloway authority.
The local authority in the Scottish Borders is told it would generate funds to help support services.
Freezing rain is one of the hazards expected to lead to "treacherous" conditions on Saturday and Sunday.
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Personal stories from those on the ground when Pan Am flight 103 fell from the sky 30 years ago
Firefighter David Melrose's life was charged irrevocably in 2010 when he was paralysed at work.
Queen of the South move into the play-off places after a draw against high-flying Ross County.
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