Pugwash’s village commission finds itself under siege once again from a group of residents who remain upset they aren’t getting the same services as those living in the village core.
While the village has seen more than its share of strife in the past, Pugwash is a community that has a lot going for it and the sitting members of the village commission deserve at least some of the credit for making the community an attractive place to live, work and visit.
Recently, a renovation project was completed on the harbourside Eaton Park that included a boardwalk and new lighting. The Gathering of the Clans has experienced a bit of a rebirth while HarbourFest has become a premium attraction locally.
Still, try as they might, the commission’s membership can’t seem to escape the dissatisfaction there is within the community. As much as it has to be disheartening, those residents trying to leave the village have some valid concerns in that they are paying top dollar for services they will never enjoy.
In their application to the Utility and Review Board to have the village dissolved, residents are again taking a taxation without representation approach saying they’d be better served by the county than the village and again expressing concern they are being taxed twice for little or no service.
Trying to dissolve the village may seem a bit extreme but it’s an indication that an olive branch has to be extended to these people as well as a compromise found so the entire community doesn’t splinter into factions of haves and have-nots.
The non-stop bickering back and forth must come to an end before Pugwash loses its attractiveness as a tourism destination or as a place to invest.
It doesn’t mean the community must sweep its problems under the rug, but instead it must face them head-on and either bring everyone together under one tent or let it all collapse.