We began council last evening June 6 at 5:30 in-camera with two items covered.
Public council began with a presentation on extended producer responsibility, recyclables and the effect it could have if the province adopts the process.
It appears we are already paying for this process but are not receiving the benefits.
As a council, we voted for the process last year but the province is dragging their feet. We had 1 dangerous and unsightly approved for demolition. We also approved the North Tyndal Wellfield source protection plan. Our flag policy was next and staff will research the subject and report back to council.
Next, we approved a leave of absence for a councillor.
A request for a voluntary contribution towards the FCM special advocacy fund was next. The motion defeated.
The Springhill Lamp Cabin is a national historic site and staff are working with the federal government to solve the issue.
A draft bylaw to regulate signage within highway right of way will be produced by staff and brought back to council at a future date. This is in relation to the Fort Lawrence entrance to the municipality. The motion was approved.
Next, we had a good debrief on our budget process and the changes mentioned will greatly help improve the process going forward. Our responsibility as councilors will be to ensure the changes and timelines are followed.
Upcoming graduations on June 28 were discussed and all high schools will be attended by councillors.
Staff will look into payment options for contractors using our services and report back to council. Information items included our financial position/financial health analysis, Cumberland Energy Symposium update, the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities conference report, Poverty LivesHere summary report, correspondence from the Joggins Fossil Centre, and the annual report from 211.
Council dates were discussed and we will meet once in July on the 25th and again in September on our regular schedule first and third Wednesday of the month. Question: who will win the upcoming by-election in Cumberland South?
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Don Fletcher is a member of Cumberland municipal council, representing District 10.