Review of November 17, 2021 COW Meeting

Committee of the Whole (COW) met via zoom on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

Citizens from Mattatall Lake presented council with a petition for the installation of a common bear proof waste/recycling system. Council will consider the petition at a future council meeting.

Council reviewed a second draft of a policy that would enable the creation of a youth council. The youth council is planned to be an advisory body to municipal council on matters which impact youth.

A suggested Rodent and Raccoon Control Policy was brought to council. This policy was drafted as the volume of complaints regarding rodents has increased and a coordinated approach to rodent management will protect public health and safety while preserving ecological sustainability. Council forwarded the policy for consideration to the November 24th meeting.

Staff presented a report outlining how other municipalities deal with the issue of fireworks as contained in a noise bylaw, as requested by council at the September 15th meeting. A communications effort will be made to support the noise bylaw regarding fireworks.

In Summer 2021, the Springhill Fire Department reported difficulties enforcing the fires and burning bylaw still in effect from the former Town of Springhill, because the bylaw under the Municipality of Cumberland allows open-air burning, under specific conditions. Staff provided council an amended municipal bylaw that would rescind the former Town of Springhill Bylaw. This bylaw will be given first reading at the November 24 meeting.

Council requested a briefing on the current setbacks in all zones as included in the land use bylaw for a meeting in the near future.

Council received a request from the Cumberland Snowmobile Club to modify their grant request from March 2021. The club would like to use the funds to replace the decking on a bridge on trail 30, on Lynn Mountain, rather than the Tidnish Ketchum Cable Bridge. Council will consider this request at the November 24th meeting.

A grant of $2,500 was awarded to the River Hebert Joggins and Area Development Association for their Christmas hampers project.

The Village of Pugwash submitted a request for an annual grant to support recreation programing. Council will consider this request during upcoming budget deliberations.

At the July 14, 2021, council meeting, council requested a staff report on Divert NS’s Municipal Adoption Funding Program which is designed to provide support for municipalities and/or waste management regions who wish to adopt a waste diversion program that has been previously established in Nova Scotia. Specifically, staff investigated the possibility of installing ReUse Centres at transfer stations. Council directed staff to apply to this program as part of the 2022/23 budget process.

Council received a letter from the Pugwash Village Commission with a request regarding receiving a portion of the Canada Community-Building Funds (formerly known as Gas Tax) that the Municipality of Cumberland receives each year. Council has asked for a staff report on the implications of this request.

Reports were provided from directors regarding Finance, Community Development, Engineering and Operations, Human Resources and Community Facilities, and the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

An election of Deputy Mayor will be held at the November 24 public council meeting, as per the Deputy Mayor Policy.

November 17th was recognized by council as World Prematurity Day. For more information on World Prematurity Day please visit

Mayor Scott proclaimed November as Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month. For more information on Crohn’s and Colitis please visit

The next public council meeting will be November 24, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. The next committee of the whole meeting will be held December 15, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the November 17 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.