Review of October 27, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

A public hearing was held regarding an amendment to the land use by-law pertaining to a rezoning request for 1072 Lynn Road in Southampton. First reading of this amendment was September 8, 2021. Second reading will happen at a future council meeting.

First reading for the repeal of former Town of Springhill bylaws was held. In an on-going effort to remove obsolete or redundant bylaws, 22 bylaws from the former Town of Springhill were brought to council for repeal. Second reading will be held at the next regularly scheduled council meeting November 24, 2021.

Council approved a grant of $4,236 to Springhill Ground Search and Rescue to help with the replacement of the roof of their hall and training facility.

At the September 15, 2021 committee of the whole meeting, 123 Church St., Springhill was declared surplus and too small for development. It was offered to the abutting landowners and of the three abutting properties, only one response was received. Twila Deschambault has agreed to pay $1 plus migration and legal fees for the property neighbouring hers.

At the September 8, 2021, council meeting, staff were asked to investigate the possibility of year-round flying of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag. Council approved erecting a fourth flagpole at the E.D. Fullerton building in Upper Nappan for this purpose.

Council directed staff to research the logistics and costs of installing a user-pay dumping station in Pugwash. The report is expected before the end of December 2021.

Council approved a grant to the GOVRC in the amount of $28,313.54 to cover the cost of installing a heat pump system at their building. The funding for this project will be through expected savings from switching from the geothermal pump heating method currently used.

Council noted that October 11-15 was Continuing Care Assistants Week and marked the important contribution CCAs make in the lives of their clients.

The next public council meeting will be November 24, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. A committee of the whole meeting will be held November 17, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Formal minutes of the October 27 meeting will be available within 24 hours of the meeting. A Facebook live recording is available on the municipal Facebook page.