Springhill passes motion to dissolve town

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL - There was a mix of shock and disbelief in the audience as Springhill's council passed a motion to dissolve its title of township.

Council met today - Tuesday, March 4 - during a special meeting to entertain a motion to dissolve the town, effective April 2015.

Mayor Max Snow called for the motion, but not after outlining the community's economic situation and that it is millions of dollars in debt.

The motion was made by deputy mayor Darrell White, seconded by Coun. Harold Delaney and passed unanimously.

The town's elected officials did not entertain comments or questions from the public, saying they will hold a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday,  at 10:30 a.m.

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  • Debbie L
    March 07, 2014 - 11:18

    I agree with you, a new election should take place, years ago we had much less in the town now we have a new arena, Ann Murray's Center and the prison, what is going on, where is the money that is brought in from these places going ????

  • Joanne MacPherson
    March 06, 2014 - 15:43

    The UARB should first determine if this town council is acting on the wishes of the residents of Springhill, or doing something it wants for reasons it hasn't fully disclosed.

  • Joanne MacPherson
    March 06, 2014 - 12:40

    I think the residents of Springhill know the economy was pretty desperate in 1958 when the last coal mine shut down, and still the town survived. Whatever is going with this town's budget and finances can not be blamed on the economy. Mayor Snow and council should resign and the people should rescind the petition to dissolve if this is not their wishes.

  • David Wyatt
    March 05, 2014 - 11:03

    This is for 'Don' and anyone else that thinks the wrong way. First of all, in 2008 when I ran for Mayor of Springhill, I stated in front of a group of men that this town if it kept voting in the same kind of people to town council would cease to exist within six years. Secondly I have always been for the Town of Springhill--not for myself. Always. Do you want proof? I am now old, tired and have stage 4 terminal cancer--contrary to what you and others may think I will not be putting my name on another ballot. Long live the Town of Springhill. David Wyatt

  • Mark Rushton
    March 04, 2014 - 19:10

    Here's a question - what does this mean for the protection of Springhill's geothermal system, particularly in the face of the planned surfacing coal mining operation that was floated a few months back? What governing structure takes over in the event of a town's dissolution? The county? So many questions....

  • David Wyatt
    March 04, 2014 - 18:55

    Dear Editor: The death of Springhill does not need to happen. What does need to happen is for the entire council to resign immediately and a new election to be called. This time vote in a mayor and council that cares about Springhill, a mayor and council that can think on their feet, who can look forward--not backward--and who have a clue what they're doing. This mayor and council are a disgrace. Resign--all of you. Resign immediately, call a new election and vote in people who know how to fight, people with a backbone--no more jellyfish on our councils. Thank you, David Wyatt Springhill

    • Don
      March 05, 2014 - 07:29

      Are you out of your mind? What will the resignation and re-election of a town council do for a problem that has been festering for years? By the way, I commend the councl for the courage to do this. Face it. This is a symptom of a larger problem that the province is facing. Negative population growth, highest taxes in Canada in relative terms, loss of economy (e.g. Michelin), and outbound migration. How are you going to fix the current situation? Jack up even more taxes? Let the roads fall apart to save money? What is your solution in an era of austerity? Please stop living in a dream world just to get yourself on another ballot

  • Barb Moore
    March 04, 2014 - 17:52

    Thought you'd be interested in this.

  • Dorothy atkinson
    March 04, 2014 - 17:08

    that's what happens when everyone moves out of town because the taxes are too high to live there.

  • Sharon Webster
    March 04, 2014 - 16:42

    Very smart move!!! At least they saw the light. Now Parrsboro needs to do the same!!!!!!!

    • james mcmann
      March 04, 2014 - 20:28

      I agree. We need to have a single Cumberland Regional Municipality.