Springhill council to hold meeting on dissolution

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Mayor to provide details on town’s financial situation

Springhill has called a public meeting to explain the town's financial situation on May 15 at the community centre.

Springhill Mayor Max Snowl has called a public meeting to explain the town's financial situation on May 15 at the community centre.

SPRINGHILL – Springhill’s town council is holding a public meeting on May 15 to provide more details on the financial situation facing the town.

“We appreciate that Springhill residents are looking for more information so they can better understand council’s decision to make application for dissolution,” Mayor Max Snow said in a news release on Friday. “We will provide details on the town’s finances, answer questions and share an update on the progress of the transition.”

The meeting will be held in the CIBC Room at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre beginning at 6:30 p.m.

It comes after a group of concerned citizens announced it will be holding its own public meeting on May 1.

Former MLA Murray Scott said the mayor and council have been invited to the May 1 meeting, which will also take place at the community centre.

The group, of which Scott is a member, was formed after a group of residents came together to express concern that they have not received enough information about why council chose dissolution and amalgamation with the Municipality of Cumberland.

Council passed a motion on March 4 to apply to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for dissolution.

John Leefe, former mayor for the Region of Queens Municipality, has been appointed transition co-ordinator to assist with the process, as outlined in the Municipal Government Act, and to guide discussions for the town to become part of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland effective April 1, 2015.

Representatives from the Department of Municipal Affairs and the transition committee will participate in the meeting.

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the CIBC Room of the Dr. Carson and Marian Murray Community Center.

 

Organizations: CIBC Room, Springhill council, Region of Queens Municipality Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Department of Municipal Affairs Carson and Marian Murray Community Center

Geographic location: Cumberland

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  • Colin Martin
    April 26, 2014 - 08:34

    SPRINGHILL VS SPRINGHILL THIS SEEMS TO BE THE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION, DURING THE LAST MONTH REGARDING THE FORMATION OF A CONCERNED CITIZENS COMMITTEE. I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS BUT IT SEEMS SOMEWHAT ILLEGAL FOR A GROUP OF PEOPLE (NOT ALL CITIZEN'S) TO TRY AND UNDERMINE AN ELECTED COUNCIL. IN MY OPINION, TO ATTEND SUCH A MEETING WOULD BE FRUITLESS, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY WILL HAVE MADE THEIR MINDS UP WITHOUT HAVING ALL THE FACTS AND ANYONE THAT ATTENDS AND VOICES THEIR OPINIONS WILL BE CHASTISED AND HARRASSED AFTERWARDS. THIS MEETING WILL BE MORE OF A SCARE TACTIC THAN A PROBLEM SOLVING VENUE. MY WIFE’S FATHER AND SEVERAL UNCLES WORKED IN THE MINES, SOME WERE INJURED AND SOME WERE KILLED. SHE KNOWS THIS TO BE SPRINGHILL, WHETHER IT IS A TOWN OR A COMMUNITY. IF YOU RECALL DURING THE LAST "BUMP" THE WORDS OF THE ON-SITE BROADCASTER FOR CBC, WAS QUOTED AS SAYING "SPRINGHILL IS A CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY", EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A TOWN. WHEN THIS AMALAGATION GOES THROUGH, WHICH MUST BE FOR THE GOOD OF THE CITIZENS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS, IT WILL STILL BE KNOWN AS SPRINGHILL. IF YOU ARE IN ALBERTA, ONTARIO, NEWFOUNDLAND OR WHERE EVER AND SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHERE YOU ARE FROM, YOU WILL ANSWER SPRINGHILL, NOT THE TOWN OF SPRINGHILL OR THE COMMUNITY OF SPRINGHIL, JUST “SPRINGHILL” FINANCIAL EXPERTS SUCH AS HAROLD DELANEY, RETIRED BANK MANAGER, DARRELL WHITE, THE CAO OF OXFORD, GREG HERRETT, THE CAO OF AMHERST, JOHN BOYLE, SPRINGHILL FINANCIAL OFFICER, PLUS PROVINCIAL EXPERTS HAVE DECIDED THAT SPRINGHILL MUST DISSOLVE BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEBT AND BEING UNABLE TO PAY IT OFF. THE CREDITORS EXPECT THEIR MONEY AND THERE IS INTEREST ON THIS DEBT. SOME EMPLOYEES MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TO FIND OTHER JOBS AND THAT IS A SAD THING, BUT MANY LARGE COMPANIES, IN NOVA SCOTIA, HAD TO SHUT DOWN PUTTING UPWARDS OF 300 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. THE TOWN GAVE A YEAR’S NOTICE. THE ORDINALRY CITIZEN THINKS THEIR TAXES WILL GO DOWN RIGHT AWAY, THEY WON’T, BUT WILL IN TIME. CANSO DISSOLVED LESS THAN 2 YEARS AGO AND IT HAS BEEN SAID THEIR TAXES HAVEN’T GONE DOWN YET, BUT THEY WERE TOLD IN TIME THAT THEY WOULD. IT WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO LOWER BOTH RESIDENTIAL TAXES AND BUSINESS TAXES SO THAT PEOPLE WILL MOVE TO SPRINGHILL AND THUS, INCREASE THE TAX BASE. NO ONE SAYS THIS WON’T HAPPEN IN TIME. TOWN COUNCIL WAS ELECTED AND THEY MUST DO WHAT IS BEST FOR SPRINGHILL, ANYONE ELSETHAT COULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO COUNCIL WOULD OR SHOULD HAVE HAD TO REACH THE SAME CONCLUSION. IF YOU REMEMBER, A WHILE BACK SPRINGHILL OWED $300,000.00 AND THE PROVINCE STEPPED IN. I AM SURE THEY ARE STEPPING IN AGAIN AND WANT THIS RESOLVED. IT WAS RECENTLY STATED IN A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT TOWN COUNCIL PURCHASING AN ASPHALT MACHINE AND HAD TO BORROW MONEY TO DO SO. SPRINGHILL ALREADY HAS THE MANPOWER AND EQUIPMENT AND ARE PAYING THESE EMPLOYEES ANYWAYS, WHY WOULDN'T IT BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TO FIX THE ROADS AT THIS LOW COST RATHER THAN TENDERING OUT ANY CONTRACTS, WHICH WOULD COST MUCH MORE. AGAIN THAT IS WHY TOWN COUNCIL HAS FINANCIAL EXPERTS TO RELY ON. THE PROVINCE WILL NOT ALLOW ANY TOWN TO CONTINUE ON, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DEBT WE HAVE. SUPPORT COUNCIL THROUGH THIS TRANSITION.

    • Theo
      April 28, 2014 - 08:46

      Take the caps lock off, Colin. When you scream, you are less likely to be heard.

  • Silas
    April 25, 2014 - 17:24

    Why oh why has the town decided to amalgamate with the county I don't understand how this can be... Voice of reason.."because we are over 5 million in debt, have spent ourselves into a massive hole, have way too many under worked and over paid employees, because people don't pay their water and tax bills" Oh, OK, that explains it....cancel the meetings.