We began council Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in-camera with three items covered.
There was a short break and public council began at 6 p.m. with a short discussion on CJSMA minutes/efficiency study and a joint council meeting will be planned to discuss the report and our move forward.
An update will be issued to Parrsboro sewage rate customers regarding what the municipality has done to date and moving forward.
There were four grant requests were approved. A motion to have a standing order for compost carts for the next three years was approved.
A motion to approve tender for a new highway plow for Parrsboro was next.
A funding request for staining the Joggins Fossil Institute was also approved.
A minimum bid for adjourned tax sale properties was approved for those properties unsuccessful at selling during previous tax sales.
Council approved a motion in conjunction with the Canadian Virtual War Memorial to officially name a brook Roderick Reade brook east of Amherst after the sailor Able Seaman Roderick Eric Reade, who was stationed on the HMCS Nipigon and perished during a fire on board.
He was buried at a military cemetery in England. Motion approved.
Staff will look into emergency back-up power for the centre in Springhill after the recent storm.
Councillors were asked to attend and serve at the third annual Thanksgiving dinner for local school children on Oct 10.
A discussion was held regarding not for profit garbage collection and costs. Staff will investigate and report back to council.
A discussion regarding the Carnegie Medal at the former town hall in Springhill was held and it will be moved to the community centre. This will happen in the near future. Transportation will be contacted regarding speeding on Dorsay road and what can be done to slow citizens down.
A working group supporting the geopark was approved by motion.
Information items in our package included a tax collection memo. We are making progress. Good work staff.
Minutes from the Northern Region Solid Waste Management Committee, the N.S. Municipal Finance Corp. newsletter, a letter from Ministry of Lands and Forest regarding our letter of support for the forest industry and an invitation to attend the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Memorial Garden dedication.
Question: “Are you tired of the federal election yet?” Call your councillor.
Don Fletcher is the municipal councillor for District 10 for the Municipality of Cumberland.