Richmond County has decided to go with other options for fire service protection in the Point Tupper area.
In 2019 the municipality and the Town of Port Hawkesbury entered into a one-year fire protection agreement for the Point Tupper area at a cost of $49,645 for a 12 month period which was set to end on July 14.
Richmond County sought an extension to the agreement as they consulted about a consultant’s fire services review, including the Point Tupper area.
But on June 11, Port Hawkesbury submitted a contract to Richmond County seeking a 50 per cent increase in fire protection fees for Point Tupper area, which would bring the annual cost to approximately $75,000.
Richmond County said it is not willing to fund the town’s volunteer fire department when there are numerous fire departments in the municipality in dire need.