Baillie calls for studies into Springhill finances, resources and citizen input

Appears before utility and review board hearing on Wednesday

Published on June 18, 2014
Jamie Baillie, PC Party leader and the MLA for Cumberland South, says residents need to have input into any decision on the town's future.

Jamie Baillie, PC Party leader and the MLA for Cumberland South, says residents need to have input into any decision on the town's future.

SPRINGHILL – Cumberland South MLA, Jamie Baillie, says residents should have official input in the decision to dissolve the Town of Springhill.

On Wednesday, Baillie voiced his constituents’ concerns during the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board public hearing on the future of Springhill. 

“Springhillers want their say in this important decision,” said Baillie. “Without public consultation, voluntary amalgamation doesn’t exist. The board needs to conduct a full analysis of how best to seek direct public input, so a fair, democratic decision can be made.”

Baillie says conflicting reports have caused unnecessary stress to the town’s residents and the UARB needs to complete proper due diligence before holding a formal hearing.

“Residents are increasingly frustrated by talk of doom and gloom and the flood of confusing and contradictory financial reports presented to date,” said Baillie. “Springhill will need a clear, concise, independent audit of the town’s financial position, before residents can be at peace with a decision.”

Baillie says it’s the board’s responsibility to ensure town resources are protected.

“Are we stronger together or not? Are our economic and community assets more secure, or less? asked Baillie. “These are important questions for the board to study. Only when all of the proper research is conducted and the public’s voice is heard, will residents will have the peace of mind they deserve. Regardless of the outcome, Springhill will always be Springhill.”

The people of Springhill are strong and they resilient, Baillie concluded. No matter the outcome of this application, they will persevere.