UPPER NAPPAN – Cumberland County council appointed councilors and staff as part of the Capital Investment Planning Review Committee during their regular bi-weekly meeting of county council on Wednesday.
The committee was given a mandate to use specific evaluation criteria to score and prioritize proposed projects for 2012-2012.
Those projects include, in no particular order: the Maccan Waste Water Treatment Plant, the East Amherst Waste Water Treatment Plant, Maccan water distribution, East Amherst water distribution, the Pugwash sewer extension, River Hebert water, Pugwash water, Pugwash sidewalks, Pugwash sewer extension, walking trails, fire apparatus, fire capital in general, a feasibility study for a green industrial park, building a sidewalk between Amherst and the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, and playgrounds.
– A concern about school grounds maintenance was raised by District 4 councilor Allison Gillis at the end of the meeting.
He asked council to send a strongly worded letter to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board urging them to take better care of school grounds during the summer months of 2012.
“Last summer there was a lot of disappointment in the community of Pugwash with the way the school grounds were maintained. It was terrible,” said Gillis. “It was also noted by the executives at Community’s in Bloom when they were there that it looked terrible as well.”
Gillis leveled his hand more than a foot off his desktop in the council chambers and said, “They let the grass get this high, and then they mow it, and you know what it looks like? it looks like hell. That’s what we had the whole summer. I called the school board and nothing happened."
Council passed a motion to send a letter to the school board.
– Other items on the council agenda included a budget announcement. Council will release its annual budget at the next council meeting on May 16.
A renewal of a borrowing resolution for he Sunset Adult Residential Centre in Pugwash was also passed.
Council made a motion to renew a temporary borrowing resolution in the amount of $4,655,000 for an additional 12 months. The TBR has been allocated for renovations to their facilities, which is expected to be complete by the fall of 2012.
Council also discussed a tax sale held April 19, in which the Municipality sold a total of 15 properties.
Nine properties were sold before the sale, and six of the remaining nine properties were sold at the tax sale.
Council said the remaining three properties would go on sale at the next tax sale, which they hope will be held sometime in August.
Council also passed a resolution to provide money in the amount of $2,000 to the Central Nova Tourist Association for their tourist-marketing program.