Review of April 14, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.


A public hearing was held regarding an amendment to the land use by-law to rezone an area in Tidnish Cross Roads. Public hearings allow people to respond to a proposed change prior to the change being formally decided upon. A second reading of the amendment will take place at the May 5, 2021 council meeting.

At a joint council meeting on March 23, 2021, the councils of the Municipality of Cumberland, Town of Amherst and Town of Oxford were presented with a Joint Community Economic Development Strategy. At that time, members of all three councils provided feedback and a revised document has been presented separately to all three councils. Council of the Municipality of Cumberland approved the revised version tonight.

Council received a business plan for the Pugwash Multipurpose Centre. The business plan proposes what it could cost to manage, maintain and operate the building year after year if construction was to proceed as proposed. The plan can be found here. Council will take the report under advisement for future budget considerations.

A second reading of a development agreement at 14 Chambers Boulevard, Parrsboro was held. Council previously gave notice of intention to enter the agreement at the February 17, 2021 meeting and a public hearing on the matter was held April 7, 2021. As she had done in each of the other occurrences of this matter on the agenda, Councillor Goodwin declared a conflict of interest.

Council gave notice of intent to consider for adoption the reimbursement policy for council and the CAO at the May 5, 2021 meeting. This is due to a housekeeping edit in the wording.

As a result of the dissolution process, several by-laws from the former Town of Springhill are still enacted. The policy and by-law committee of council has reviewed these by-laws and have found the need to repeal the old by-laws, now covered under the by-laws of the Municipality of Cumberland. First reading was given to a by-law to repeal the Springhill by-laws. This will now follow the regular course of action of a public hearing and second reading before the repeal can be formalized.

At the April 7, 2021 meeting council approved plans for summer recreation programming, including the recruitment of 23 summer positions. Traditionally these positions are funded in partnership with federal programs and the staff provide the capacity to run summer day camp programs and events and provide maintenance support over the summer months. The federal funding applications have been submitted, but have not been responded to, and the response may not come in time for the 2021/22 budget deliberations. Council approved the budget required for summer recreation supervisors.

In preparation for summer programing, council approved $10,020 to allow for the rental of the Parrsboro Lion’s Recreation Centre. This allows staff to provide a safe and effective space for summer programs, events and recreation and sport programs in the community of Parrsboro.

An update on the success of the March 16, 2021 tax sale was provided to council. The tax sale resulted in 38 of the 40 accounts being sold. Two of the accounts sold have since been redeemed. Of the total outstanding receivables valued at $247,192.06 the tax sale process collected $127,606.84.

Councillor Houghtaling requested council consider the inception of a youth council. Council agreed a youth council was a method of engaging youth for the future of the municipality. The policy and by-law committee will work on a policy for council to consider.

Council decided to amend meeting times. Public council meetings will now be held at 3:30 p.m. and committee of the whole meetings will also be held at 3:30 p.m.

The next public council meeting will be May 5, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. A committee of the whole meeting will be held May 12, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the April 21 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.