SPRINGHILL – A new mayor and council cut its teeth here in Springhill with its first regular monthly session on Tuesday, with a motion to change the time of future meetings coming to the floor.
“There’s been some talk about the time and changing the time of the meeting,” Mayor Maxwell Snow said.
A motion to change the in-camera meetings to the last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. followed by the public council meeting taking place at 1 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. was made, seconded and adopted.
Council also changed its appointment method of the deputy mayor during the meeting. In previous years, the deputy mayor was appointed by the mayor, but council agreed each councilor will serve a one year-term in the position, beginning with Coun. Harold Delaney during the first year, followed by Coun. Darrell White, Coun. Jack MacDonald and then Coun. Doug Dobson.
Motion to buy iPads
Council approached the digital age during the meeting, with Mayor Snow calling for a motion for Springhill’s CAO to look at the town’s financial situation and buy the mayor and council iPads. The motion to have a letter sent to the CAO to follow up on the request was made, seconded and passed.
John Alderson, chair of the Lamp Cabin Restoration Committee, wrote council to inform them the committee has completed their mandate and a decision by the town needs to be made if the building from the community’s mining past will be restored.
“With assistance form CREDA and funds from the province of Nova Scotia, the Remembering ’58 committee, the Springhill Irish Festival Committee and the Springhill Heritage Committee, two consultant reports were completed,” Alderson wrote council. “These reports addressed the physical structure and integrity of the building as well as a business and sustainability plan for the future use of the building.”
Alderson says moving forward, council should consider the longevity of the Springhill Tour-A-Mine as well as the 1996 Lord Report which supported the relocation of the Miners Museum to the Lamp Cabin building.
Council tabled further discussion to its January meeting.