SPRINGHILL – The die has been cast for Springhill, but Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie says there’s still time for the public to raise their voices.
Jamie Baillie - File
“There’s a feeling what was done was behind closed doors, that people didn’t have their say,” Baillie said of the decision to dissolve Springhill into the Municipality of Cumberland County. “What’s done is done. Going forward, it needs to be an open transparent process and I met with [transition coordinator] John Leefe and I feel that is going to happen.”
As part of the process, Baillie feels having public input as some stages during the transition process will go far to not only allow residents feel their voice is being heard, but allow them to be part of creating their future.
“One element that has been missing is proper discussion with the people of Springhill who felt taken by surprise.”
In his meeting with Leefe, Baillie has requested opportunity for citizens to have the opportunity to voice their concerns, opinions and questions.
“I expect there will be a public session with Leefe and the people of Springhill and their views are taken into account,” Baillie said. “I recognize the decision of town council, and I feel as MLA I have a responsibility to make sure [citizens] have a voice in the discussions.”