Review of June 2, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement and a moment of silence in honour of the 215 indigenous children whose remains were discovered at the Kamloops Residential School.

Staff updated council on the commercial development districts project. Commercial development districts along with a tax phase in by-law is a method to phase in the effect of increased property assessments on new commercial capital investments in specified areas to encourage growth. The creation of commercial development districts will require public engagement and financial impact assessments prior to a by-law to be aligned with the municipal planning strategy. Public engagement will start later this month.

Council approved the final CAO employment agreement. Greg Herrett’s appointment to the position was announced at an April 6th special council meeting and he started the role April 19, 2021.

Second reading was given to an amendment to the land use by-law pertaining to 689 Kerrs Mill Road. This amendment was previously given first reading April 7, and a public hearing was held May 19th.

Second reading was given to the by-law to repeal by-laws of the former town of Springhill. The by-laws repealed were outdated and obsolete.

Second reading was also given to the public highway signage by-law. This will allow the municipality to regulate signage and the by-law was supported by the Town of Amherst by a motion of council on February 24, 2020.

Councillor Houghtaling proposed staff reach out neighbouring municipalities to determine interest in working collaboratively on a northern region climate plan.

The tender for the Shinimicas fire department building closed May 19th with five bids submitted. The lowest compliant bidder was Global Construction Maritimes at a value of $599,900.

At the May 19th council meeting, council requested that staff look into the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in two communities. Staff reported that funding applications have been made, however recent changes to funding programs has resulted in a delay of information.

Council clarified the due date for taxes, confirming July 16, 2021 as the final date for payment before interest charges apply.

A tender for the demolition of the former town hall in Parrsboro closed on May 4th with five bids submitted. The lowest compliant bidder was Mercer Equipment & Excavation Ltd at a value of $57,070.

Council approved flying the Pride flag at all three municipal service centre locations from June 14 to June 30, 2021.

The next public council meeting will be June 16, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. A committee of the whole meeting will be held June 9, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the June 2 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page: