Springhill council in brief

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Springhill library named
SPRINGHILL - Locally known as the Springhill library, the former Miners Hall on Main Street was given a new identity last night during the Town of Springhill's regular monthly meeting.
Moved by Coun. Doug Dobson, second by Coun. Clarence Falconer and unanimously passed, the local library is now the Miners Memorial Library.

Garden suites bylaw amended
SPRINGHILL - The Town of Springhill proceeded with the first reading of an amendment to its land-use by law to allow garden suites in residential areas by development agreement.
If approved families will have the option to construct living dwellings on their properties elderly or disabled relatives could inhabit.
"I'm sure pleased with this," Mayor Guy Brown said. "We had no place in our bylaws to build them and we need them. They're important to our seniors."
In an earlier interview, town building inspector Pat Boyce said garden suites would be subject to provincial and federal building codes.
A request was made by Coun. Cathy Fisher for council and staff to streamline the process, if possible, while an application before the Town to build a garden suite is currently pending.

Commercial taxpayers to get new meters
SPRINGHILL - The Town of Springhill will move on purchasing new water meters from Dartmouth manufacturers Scotia Tech and replace commercial property owners' existing units while bringing new commercial customers online. The motion does not affect residential property owners, who pay a flat rate quarterly.
In addition to the motion, council approved the withdrawal of $32,426 plus tax to pay for the meters from the water utility's depreciation fund.
Springhill also move forward on a temporary borrowing resolution worth more than $55,000 to update the Town's computer hardware and security.

Town drops mandatory retirement
SPRINGHILL - Council rescinded its mandatory retirement policy, which was set at the age of 65.
Council chose to trump what they felt was impending legislation to eliminate mandatory retirement.
The policy change was effective immediately.

Organizations: Springhill council, Scotia Tech

Geographic location: Springhill, Dartmouth

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