Review of May 19, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.


A public hearing was held pertaining to a change to an amendment to the land use by-law. First reading of the amendment had been given at the April 7th meeting. A second reading of the amendment will take place at the June 2, 2021 council meeting.

The next public hearing was concerning repealing by-laws of the former town of Springhill. A second reading of the by-law to repeal Springhill by-laws will be held June 2, 2021.

At the request of council, staff have prepared an inventory of municipally owned properties. The list, and a tutorial on an interactive map were provided to council.

Council adopted the meetings and proceedings of council policy. The changes to the policy include the addition of a committee of the whole meeting each month and the times of council meetings.

Councillor Houghtaling proposed the addition of two electric vehicle charging stations for the communities of Springhill and Pugwash. Council has requested a report from staff on the possibility of installation and funding opportunities.

Council directed staff to negotiate an agreement with the Parrsboro and Area Harbour Commission regarding the maintenance of a portion of Pier Road in Parrsboro.

Mayor Scott proclaimed the week of May 30th as Access Awareness Week in the Municipality of Cumberland.

Three public hearings were held regarding three dangerous or unsightly properties, 81 Wolsley Street in Springhill, 161 Main Street in Springhill and 1895 Wyvern Road in River Phillip. Each of these properties now have a motion of council ordering the demolition of the residence and removal of all debris.

The next public council meeting will be June 2, 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 May 19 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.