Review of March 17, 2021 Public Council Meeting
Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.
A public hearing was held regarding an application for municipal heritage property deregistration at 2029 Gulf Shore Road. Council voted to approve the request to deregister the property from the municipal registry of heritage properties.
First reading of an amendment to the land use by-law to rezone an area in Tidnish Cross Roads. A public hearing date of April 21, 2021 was set. Public hearings allow people to respond to a proposed change prior to the change being formally decided upon.
A second reading was given to an amendment to the Land Use By-Law to rezone 746 Miller Road, which was given first reading January 13, 2021 and exposed to public hearing at the March 3, 2021 public council meeting.
Council approved a terms of reference document for a Glooscap Campground advisory committee. The mandate of the new committee is to advise the campground manager and the municipality’s CAO regarding the operations, finances, staffing, and infrastructure of the Glooscap Campground.
Seven properties were approved for remittals. This happens when tax accounts are charged incorrectly. Council also approved a listing of in-active water accounts for write-off.
Millie MacLeod was ratified as a citizen board member of the Sunset Community. Ms. MacLeod’s term will run until December 31, 2024.
Two grant requests were approved by council. One was a Coyote Cupboard food pantry to address the needs of students at the Advocate District School. The second grant request was from Parrsboro Creative to create public art pieces depicting the world as it was in the waters from the time of Pangaea to the current-day Bay of Fundy.
A council meeting was added to the month of April for budget considerations. Council will meet April 1, 2021 to view an overview of the capital budget and the operational budget.
The Nomination Committee brought forward two new committees of council. The Glooscap Campground Advisory Committee will have Councillors Goodwin, McCormick and Porter. The Fire Services Advisory Committee will see representation from Councillors Gould and Joseph with Deputy Mayor Redmond as an alternate.
Councillor Gilroy provided an update on the progress of the Shinimicas Fire Hall. A memorandum of understanding regarding the sale of land has been signed by all parties. The next step is completing the purchase and sale agreement for the land and issuing tenders for building the new hall and acquiring the vehicles.
At the Feb 3, 2021 meeting, council requested more information regarding annual income thresholds of the Low Income Tax Exemption Policy. Finance staff prepared a five-year review of the exemptions provided.
The next public council meeting will be April 7, 2021 at 6 p.m. A committee of the whole meeting will be held April 14, 2021 at 6 p.m. Formal minutes of the March 17 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.