Antigonish County Municipality

Posted at 10:28 am on February 21, 2018

An uneventful winter means that the County of Antigonish has been spending less money clearing snow, which has the Warden even more excited for Spring. So far,  Owen McCarron says that salt trucks and plows have been relatively stationary this winter, which will hopefully spin into some budget savings.
McCarron says there is always a worry that winter weather can flip a budget upside down:
McCarron says that minimal snowfall is good for the books, so this winter has the potential to result in a small amount of savings. McCarron adds that the 2018 budget will likely drop in mid May, but the County is still receiving funding requests from different groups at this time.

Posted at 6:53 am on January 17, 2018

Recent discussions between St.FX Univeristy and the town and county of Antigonish were positive, and all groups are looking for ways to improve student life in the

area. The topic was brought up during last evening’s county council meeting, where Warden Owen McCarron says he attended a meeting with members of both councils and university officials.

McCarron says topics varied, but discussion around Homecoming spurred a great deal of conversation from every side of the table. McCarron says that the university is looking at ways to build a framework around the week long celebrations:
McCarron says he was pleased to see the groups meeting and looking for improvements even after the hustle and bustle of home coming has wrapped up. McCarron says that everyone wants to find ways to make the event safe for students and residents of Antigonish.

Posted at 9:54 am on November 22, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is pleased to see development happening within the area at Nova Landing. After last evenings council meeting,

Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron

Warden Owen McCarron said that the development is good for the area, and is a sign of things to come.

McCarron says that having different businesses at the landing will mean employment opportunities within the county, and hopefully future development:
The Antigonish Visitor Information Centre is relocating to Nova Landing, and expected to be opened by late January 2018. A gas station, coffee shop and KFC are also slated to open at the landing.

Posted at 8:51 am on November 22, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is being proactive in ensuring that priority areas get the road upgrades that are deserved. This point came up during Tuesday evening’s county council meeting, where Warden Owen McCarron discussed a meeting he recently had with MLA Randy Delorey.
McCarron says that he has already had preliminary discussions with the Antigonish MLA to highlight some areas within the county that are deserving of road work. McCarron says residents were happy with last years upgrades, but it’s important to think of the next step:
McCarron says he plans to chat with the Transportation Minister, Lloyd Hines, to discuss priority roads within the county in need of road work.

Posted at 10:30 am on November 17, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has adopted a shared strategy for advancing recreation. The strategy will be part of the

Seated: Warden Owen McCarron and Recreation Director Marlene Melanson
Standing: Rae Gunn, Regional Manager for Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage (Communities, Sport and Recreation Division, and Glenn Horne Municipal Clerk Treasurer

municipality’s guiding framework for municipal recreation within the county.

The adoption of the shared strategy will help guide the recreation department in developing a new recreation and physical activity leader plan. The 5 part plan will help achieve the vision for increasing recreation within the area.

The goals include more active living, inclusion and access, connect people and nature, having supportive environments and increased recreation capacity.

Posted at 7:44 am on October 27, 2017

Representatives of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Antigonish County Municipality shared their experiences with joint economic development and planning at a national conference.  Last fall, the two goverments entered into a partnership called a Community Economic Development Initiative.  They received guidance from the national Aboriginal Economic Development organization called CANDO and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  Paqtnkek Chief Paul Prosper and Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron made a joint presentation at the CANDO conference in Fredericton this week.
McCarron says both he and Prosper highlighted the details of the accord reached between the two communities and what the future may hold economically
McCarron says in the presentation he and Chief Prosper talked about opportunities of economic development, the need for building relationships and getting to know each other as communities.

Posted at 11:41 am on October 18, 2017

Funding last week from the Federal Government will help with renovations to the former National Philatelic Centre, and that pleases Antigonish County Council. During last evenings council meeting, Council agreed that the 625 thousand dollar ACOA funding for renovations is well deserved for the Antigonish Legion and CACL.
County Warden Owen McCarron says that the announcement is great news for the two deserving groups:
MP Sean Fraser announced the funding last Friday. This funding will go towards new interior walls, a commercial kitchen, woodworking rooms and other upgrades.

Posted at 10:34 am on June 21, 2017

Neighbours helping neighbours. That’s the response Warden Owen McCarron of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish gave when describing a contribution made towards their municipal neighbour; Guysborough. It was announced last evening during a  monthly council meeting that $50,000 is being put towards the new Lifestyle Complex being built in Guysborough County.
McCarron says that helping out Guysborough works, because the two counties work together very closely:
The money is going towards the controversial Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, which has a hefty pricetag that worries residents. McCarron says he feels the contribution is a reasonable gesture to assist in the opening of the complex.

Posted at 10:14 am on June 21, 2017

A lasting legacy for a fitting cause. This describes a donation that is being made to the Havre Boucher Community Centre by the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. The remaining discretionary funds from the late Russell Boucher will be donated by council to the community centre that Russell loved so much.
Warden Owen McCarron says the contribution is a fitting thing to do for Russell’s legacy in the county:
A special election for district 9 will be held on August the 19th, with nomination’s being closed on July 25th.

Posted at 8:12 am on May 23, 2017

 The Municipality of Antigonish County is mourning the loss of one its long-time municipal leaders.
County Warden Russell Boucher died suddenly yesterday.  He was 65.
Boucher had been a member of council since 1985.  He became Warden following the retirement of Herb Delorey from Municipal Politics in 2012.
Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher says she was shocked to hear about the passing of Russell. Laurie says that Russell was well liked by people from around the Antigonish area:

Russell Boucher previously served as a member of the school board, and was an electrician by trade. He was also a retired instructor at the Strait Area Campus.