Municipalities to issue RFP for solid waste disposal system

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland and the towns of Oxford and Amherst are taking steps to ensure that the region’s solid waste disposal system continues to deliver good service at favourable cost.

The three municipalities will this month issue a Request for Proposals to companies that may be interested in buying the waste disposal system that serves the region. The RFP will include conditions to protect the environment, generate employment and deliver the lowest possible cost to residential and business property owners.

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Special Council Session

Cumberland Municipal Council will be holding a special session of Council on Thursday, June 25th at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom and will be live streamed on our facebook page. The lone agenda item is; Solid Waste Management Issue.

Flags at half mast in memory of Bob Arsenault

It is with regret that we recognize the passing of former employee, Bob Arsenault.

Bob worked for the former Town of Springhill for 23 years and retired in 2012. According to those that worked with him, Bob liked being around people, enjoyed working for the Town, and was a real asset to work with. Bob was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his quick thinking and timely response in evacuating close to 150 people when the roof of the old Springhill arena collapsed on February 1, 2001. 

Flags at our Service Centres will be lowered out of respect for Bob and his family. Council and Staff express their sympathy to Bob’s family during this difficult time. 

$499,907 approved in grants to community organizations

At the June 17th Council Meeting of the Municipality of Cumberland, $499,907 was approved in grants.

“It is incredibly important for council to continue to support our community organizations,” said Warden Al Gillis. “The fact that these organizations have been able to pivot their operations during a pandemic is a testament to the quality of the benefit they provide.

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Transfer stations set to re-open to the public

Staff are preparing to reopen three municipally-run waste transfer stations this month. The transfer stations were previously closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Staff and resident safety has always been our first priority, and now that our economy is safely starting to open we can start to open some of our services as well,” stated Warden Al Gillis.

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Property tax help for those impacted by COVID-19

The Municipality of Cumberland now offers a one-time property tax installment payment program for residential and commercial properties negatively affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We are in an unprecedented pandemic and we needed to be compassionate to the situation,” said Warden Al Gillis. “When you have your financial situation drastically changed due to global forces you cannot control or even imagine, you need your government to help you.”

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Mechanic Street Park construction to begin

Construction of the Mechanic Street Park in Springhill will begin this month and is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

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Committee of the Whole Public Meeting Monday, June 8th

There will be a Committee of the Whole Public Meeting Monday, June 8th at 6 p.m. for reviewing grants. This will be streamed on our Facebook page.