Local community centres received some help from the province this week.
Through the province, St. Michael’s Parish Hall in Margaree received $26,500 to replace windows and install new siding; Cranton Cross Road Community Centre in Margaree Centre received $50,000 for roof and heating upgrades; Societe Mi-Careme of St. Joseph du Moine is getting $31,000 for renovations; the Margaree Area Development Association will get $24,200 to develop a multi-purpose space; and the North Mountain Cultural and Recreation Association in Marble Mountain received $6000 to replace stairs and decking.
The Community Facilities Improvement Program makes improvements to existing community facilities that celebrate community, culture, and diversity. Projects can receive up to 75 per cent of funding to a maximum of $50,000. The next expected deadline is February 2019.
Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster said his constituency received the most money of any part of the province outside of Halifax. He said local organizations are well informed and doing a great job taking advantage of funding programs to keep their buildings in good shape.
The Judique and District Volunteer Fire Department will get additional assistance from Inverness Municipal Council as the department continues its quest for a new fire truck.
Municipal councillors attending their regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon in Whycocomagh agreed to add an additional 50-thousand-dollars to a loan guarantee approved for the Judique department in April.
This will bring the loan guarantee from the county up to $280,000, from the original requested amount of $230,000.
Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie suggested that the municipality felt the issuing of a new loan guarantee for the larger amount made more sense than issuing a separate loan guarantee or pursuing a similar course of action.
Motorists making their way through different parts of Inverness County could soon see new electronic signs measuring their speed, similar to those currently found in Whycocomagh.
During their regular monthly meeting on Thursday afternoon, councillors agreed to ask Inverness municipal staff to review the concept of mobile signage that would measure the speed of oncoming vehicles in specific communities on a temporary basis.
Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie told the meeting that the issue of temporary electronic signage came up during the latest provincial conference of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities.
She added that the estimated cost for each sign would be 35-hundred-dollars, according to officials with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
The county’s C-A-O, Keith MacDonald, suggested that the municipality wishes to have further discussions with department officials regarding the proposed speed signage.
MacDonald suggested that the temporary signs could be useful during events such as the summer festivals held in various Inverness County communities.
Municipal staff in Inverness County are reviewing an independent consultant’s report regarding the efficiencies of municipal water delivery in seven of the county’s communities.
According to Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie, the county commissioned a study on its water systems from G.A. Isenor Consulting Limited earlier this year.
During Thursday’s regular monthly council meeting in Whycocomagh, councillors unanimously agreed to send the consultant’s report back to municipal staff for further review.
The report’s findings are expected to formally reach the council table this fall.
A break in has led to a local band council offering a reward for information that might lead to a conviction.
At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Waycobah RCMP officers received a complaint of a break-in involving mischief at the Waycobah Band office. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and RCMP are encouraging anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers. RCMP spokesperson Dal Hutchinson said he understands there was a significant amount of damage done to the office.
Waycobah band council and Chief Rod Googoo reached out on Facebook following the incident. In a signed, joint post, chief and councillors stated the whole building was vandalised and the computer system was damaged, which may result in social and payroll cheques being delayed.
Council is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. They asked the public to speak with police or council members themselves.
Chase the Ace fever has arrived again in Inverness County.
This time it’s in the Margaree area, where the jackpot is expected to climb to more than $1.2 million for the next draw. There’s just two cards left. Proceeds from Chase the Ace goest to the Margaree and Northeast Margaree Volunteer Fire Departments.
One of the main organizers of Chase the Ace, Bernice Curley, says with the heightened interest in this draw, it has found ways to make it more manageable for volunteers.
Curley adds if a ticket is drawn and the ticket holder is not in the building, they are contacted. They have 15 minutes to get there. If they can’t make it, a designated person will draw the ticket for them and the ticket holder still wins the money. The next draw is Wednesday at the Margaree Forks Firemen’s Club.
Inverness RCMP and several other agencies are continuing their search for a local man who
disappeared over the weekend. 31-year-old Colin Joseph Beaton was last seen at 2 a.m. Saturday morning prior to leaving a cottage in Harbourview.
He is white, five feet eleven inches tall, weighs 160 pounds with red hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, jeans and rubber boots. Police say he left on foot and may have been disoriented.
RCMP have been assisted by the Strait area, Inverness, Cheticamp and Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue as well as the Civilian Air Search and Rescue.
If you have information on Beaton’s whereabouts, call the Inverness RCMP at (902) 258-2213 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The Town of Antigonish will officially join the Eastern District Planning Commission on July 3rd.
The announcement was made in a joint release by the town and the commission this morning.
The commission provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services for the town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Antigonish.
The town began exploring the move to the district planning commission several months ago.
The town partners with a number of regional organizations that involve members of the District Planning Commission, including the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management.
The town will host a meet and greet with Eastern District Planning Commission staff on July 3rd in the Council Chambers from 2 to 5 p.m.
Laurie Cranton, councillor for Margaree and area, updated council on all the latest with the municipality’s accessibility committee. As a result of that update, the municipality no longer has an accessibility committee.
Some of the goals of the committee were to bring in revenue for projects, but municipal committees are not allowed to fundraise. Therefore, council dissolved the municipality committee, but the group will live on as a not-for-profit organization. The current members will still be in place.
Cranton said nothing really changes, but the group will be able to do more as a not-for-profit society.