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With not so much as a peep coming from the Municipal Council of Cumberland County and the mayors of the county's five townships one has to wonder if a New Year's resolution was made to not say anything at all if nothing nice can be said.

With not so much as a peep coming from the Municipal Council of Cumberland County and the mayors of the county's five townships one has to wonder if a New Year's resolution was made to not say anything at all if nothing nice can be said.
On the edge of their seats, however, are county residents who rely on the fire services of the townships to be their first responders in the event of emergency.
Here in Springhill we an issue rearing its nasty head once more, one that has been shared by one department or another and not always with the same results.
If we were to look at our immediate environment we would find that the communities of Athol Rd and the Rodney area are not only close neighbours to Springhill but, in fact, a strong part of the Springhill community as a whole. In the Athol Rd. area, more so, we also find that the Town of Springhill has dutifully presented the services that community counts on the county to provide. Policing, water, sewage, etc. come from this township. Not the county.
A little more than a year ago grave concern was brought to the public's attention how these boundaries affect policing on the Athol Rd. and that all levels of consideration must be given so that liability is properly awarded to the responsible authority. In many cases Athol Rd. residents were right, they should call the Springhill Police Service. The tragedy was that given their county status the Springhill Police Service had to forward the calls to the Cumberland RCMP.
Where there to be a fire in either Athol or Rodney there is no doubt the people of Springhill will do the right thing and be first on the scene. Around these parts the town folk have a historical knack for coming up with just the right reason to explain why they show up to do the right thing, even if they were told not to do so.
The question we have to put forward, though, is whether or not residents in these areas have been satisfied with the level of service they have been receiving from their government? If so, then all is well and we can move forward into the future upholding the same bond we've nurtured in the past. If they are not satisfied, however, work should be done to ensure the next time the county and townships are at odds with each other the matter of who will provide services to them while they continue to pay taxes shouldn't become an issue.

Organizations: Municipal Council, Springhill Police Service

Geographic location: Springhill, Athol, Rodney Cumberland County

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