Springhill wont go

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL - While municipal units across the province try to convince constituents it's worth the money to send mayors and councillors to a meeting in British Columbia, Springhill mayor Allen Dill says no one from his government will be attending.

The Municipality of Cumberland County was first to draw fire from the public after reporting five to seven of its members, minus Warden Keith Hunter, could attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities [FCM] meeting in Whistler, B.C., in June. This week, Amherst Mayor Robert Small confirmed he and four councillors will also go but Dill says Springhill has known from the get-go it cannot afford the $1,500 per representative price tag.

"I concur with Warden Hunter its important to the municipalities and they get a lot out of it but we cannot afford to take part in this event," Dill said.

Instead, Dill says, Springhill is looking forward to sharing information with the municipal units who attend.

The theme of the FCM annual conference and expo is "Partnering for Success."

Running from June 5 to June 8, the event will be housed in the Telus Whistler Convention Centre.

Next year's annual conference is slated for Toronto and in 2011 it is scheduled to take place in Halifax.

Organizations: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Telus Whistler Convention Centre

Geographic location: British Columbia, Cumberland County, Whistler Amherst Toronto Halifax

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