The Warden for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish says fixes are not coming to the Antigonish-Guysborough Road, but next year will be a different story.
At last evenings County council meeting, Warden Owen McCarron says a positive meeting was recently held with Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines:
McCarron says the request was sent in late for provincial consideration, so there will hopefully be some positive work forthcoming on this stretch of road. In a letter to council, Minister Hines says that the recently announced Gravel Roads programs will mean more money being spent to improve rural roads.
Excitement is building in the area over this summer’s Special Olympics National Games in Antigonish, and the county’s Warden shares the feeling. Owen McCarron
says a meeting that was held recently with committee members for the summer games was positive, and will put Antigonish in the national spotlight.
McCarron says that the volunteer component for the games will be very important:
McCarron adds that the county will be heavily involved in the games, which is expected to have great economic benefits for both the town and county of Antigonish.
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.
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.
The municipal tax rate for the county of Antigonish should be in place within two weeks, according to new County Warden. Owen McCarron says council is tying up loose ends with this years budget, but expects the rate to remain much the same:
It is expected the new rate will be set during the regular council meeting on June 20th. The residential tax rate for this previous year was 88 cents per 100 dollars of assessment. The commercial rate was $1.46 .
It was an emotional evening as the County of Antigonish called for a special council meeting to select the new Warden after the sudden passing of longtime councillor and Warden, Russel Boucher. It was decided unanimously that Deputy Warden Owen McCarron take on the role of Warden.
Warden McCarron says the past few weeks have been difficult while everyone processes the loss of Russell; who had a large presence in council and life. McCarron says council must push forward, even during these difficult times:
With McCarron stepping up to become warden, it was motioned that long time councillor Hugh Stewart fill the role of Deputy Warden. A special election date for District 9 has been called for August the 19th.