Review of Dec 15, 2021 Committee of the Whole Meeting

Committee of the Whole (COW) met via zoom on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

Two presentations were heard. The CEO of Cumberland Business Connector gave a report and a representative of the Centre for Local Prosperity updated on events.

At the November 17th meeting, council requested a briefing on the current setbacks in all zones as included in the land use bylaw. The municipal planner provided the briefing and council requested staff gather comments from the public on current minimum lot standards within the land use bylaw and bring a summary of comments to the February COW meeting.

Earlier this year, the bylaw committee requested information on wind turbine regulations. The municipal planner suggested an approach to review wind turbine regulations. Council directed the CAO to seek legal opinion on a 1-year moratorium on new wind turbine projects.

An update to the reimbursement of members of council and CAO policy was suggested. The change includes streamlining the process to ease delays in administration. The policy will be on the agenda for approval at the December 22, 2021, regular council meeting. Expenses for council and CAO can be found on the municipal website here

In efforts to improve upon governance and internal control, a signing authority policy was presented to council for their consideration. Council will include this policy on the agenda for the December 22nd meeting.

In 2020, the Minudie Heritage Association (MHA) applied to the municipality to deregister 5355 Barronsfield Road, Minudie, as a municipality recognized heritage property. A public hearing took place last year, and a one year stay on the decision was granted by council. Since that time, the application of deregistration has been withdrawn and the MHA has applied for an application to demolish the property. Council will consider the approval of the demolition request at the December 22 meeting.

Council will consider the authorization of installation of new attendant shelters at transfer stations at the December 22 meeting. The estimated cost is $19,700 plus tax and will be paid for from current year surplus. Transfer stations are located in Advocate, Pugwash and River Hebert.

Reports were provided from Cumberland Public Libraries, and municipal directors regarding community development, finance, human resources and community facilities, engineering and operations, and the municipal clerk’s office.

The next public council meeting will be December 22, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. The next committee of the whole meeting will be held January 19, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the December 15 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.