Committee of the Whole Review October 20, 2021

Committee of the Whole (COW) met via zoom on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement and a moment of silence for the young life lost in Southampton this week.

Council reviewed a draft form of a policy that would enable the creation of a youth council. The youth council is planned to be an advisory body to municipal council on matters which impact youth.

A second draft form of a policy was reviewed by council, the Rodent and Raccoon Control Policy. This policy was drafted as the volume of complaints regarding rodents has increased and a coordinated approach to rodent management will protect public health and safety while preserving ecological sustainability.

In an on-going effort to remove obsolete or redundant bylaws, 22 bylaws from the former Town of Springhill were brought to council for repeal. First reading for the repeal of former Town of Springhill bylaws will be held at the October 27, 2021 council meeting.

Currently, the municipality’s land use bylaw does not include provisions for decommissioning of wind turbines at the end of their life cycle. Council has requested staff to investigate possible provisions for decommissioning or abandonment of wind turbines, including enforcement opportunities and zoning set-backs.

Cumberland Public Libraries (CPL) has requested input from council regarding a change to the board member appointment. CPL desires to have an additional board member appointed with an eye for inclusion, equity and diversity to strengthen the CPL board’s connection to the community at large. Council agreed to the concept of an additional board member for the purpose of diversity and inclusion, and has requested a formal letter of agreement between CPL, the three funding municipalities and the Governor in Council.

Mayor Scott provided an update to council on the on-going meetings held with Nova Scotia Health Authority staff, local MLAs and MP, and community interest groups regarding healthcare recruitment in the region.

Reports were provided from directors regarding Finance, Community Development, Engineering and Operations, Human Resources and Community Facilities, and the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

As a follow-up from the September 8, 2021 reduction of committees of council, two sets of actions lists were presented to council from defunct committees so that the action items can be continued in the work of the committee of the whole.

The next public council meeting will be October 27, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. The next committee of the whole meeting will be held November 17, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the October 20 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.