We began council on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in-camera with six items covered.
Public council began at 6 p.m. with two dangerous and unsightly properties, one in Wallace and 1 in Port Greville approved by motion for removal.
A special council meeting will be held on Nov. 20, meet and greet style info session regarding electoral boundaries for the next municipal election slated for 2020.
A proposed schedule for 2020-21 operating budget was presented and excepted by our finance director.
Next we had deputy warden selection for the next year. Coun. Ernest Gilbert and Coun. Joe vanVulpen were nominated and Coun. Gilbert won. Congratulations Ernie and thank you to Joe for his work during the past year as deputy warden.
First reading of the canine control bylaw was approved by motion. The RFP-MCC1905 was approved by motion for economic development strategies for Springhill and Parrsboro.
Discussion followed on the church parking lot in Springhill and the original decision of council stands.
The municipality will not be repairing and plowing the lot.
A motion to approve the audit committee report was approved by motion.
At next council, on Nov 27, the financial statements ending Sept. 30, 2019 will be discussed.
We approved the report submitted by our REMO coordinator for reimbursement of costs related to hurricane Dorian which will be submitted by the province under the disaster financial assistance fund.
Local councillors will attend the Cumberland Public Libraries open houses in their districts. They started Monday Nov. 18 in Advocate Harbour.
A request was received from the MLA from Cumberland North to meet and discuss legislation recently passed. Staff will make it happen.
Approval was given for the CAO to approve the FRP for archeological dig at Cap d’Orin order to proceed with the upgrades proposed in the project.
A motion to approve sale of a surplus property lot to the adjoining property was approved by motion.
An information item in our package dealt with the recent closure of Highway 104 on Nov. 1. The REMO co-ordinator would like to see the establishment of a committee that oversees the response procedure to hazardous events on the Tantramar Marsh.
Question: “What do you think of the mayor versus warden decision?” Call your councillor.
Don Fletcher is the municipal councillor for District 10 on Cumberland municipal council.