Council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough is looking for doctors
During a regular meeting of council, members heard a report from municipal clerk Ashley Cunningham who attended a session in Halifax regarding doctor recruitment. Following the meeting, CAO Barry Carroll said doctor recruitment is high on list of priorities for all municipalities.
Carroll said council is working with the local hospital foundation and supporting them in their efforts to bring new doctors to the area.
During a committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to remove mention of specific dog breeds from its dog by-law. Warden Vernon Pitts said the issue came to his attention last week after a resident received a letter telling them to find a new home for their dog.
Pitts said council hadn’t looked at its by-law since 2004, noting it was time for a review. He said they gathered information over the years as to how the by-law worked, and it has been referred back to staff for further examination and an eventual return to council.
Following its most recent budget deliberations, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to serve notice of withdrawing from the
Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts
Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. Warden Vernon Pitts said the municipality did not serve notice because they are definitely leaving the ESREN but stated the municipalities must give a year’s notification if they are contemplating leaving.
Pitts said council is considering the move because of budgetary reasons. With the district raising its tax rates recently and cutting programs by 25 per cent, Pitts said the ESREN is no different. Down the road, he said, if things don’t turn around for the Guysborough District, it may have to be leave but added it is too early say.
“We were faced with the predicament of either we give notice to the REN or we withdraw funding from our own economic development office and we will not be withdrawing funding from our own economic development office,” said the warden.
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to give just over $2,300 to Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue. Warden Vernon Pitts said the group requested a tax levy, which he said is what fire commissions receive. Pitts said council decided against the levy and based their funding on 50 cents per resident.
Pitts said he feels the province should partnering with such funding, noting a high percentage of searches are conducted on Crown property.
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is fully supporting a review of the province’s criteria on deciding what lands are protected. This comes after the Mining Association of Nova Scotia announced that they want to propose changes in the province in regards to the parks and protected areas plan.
The municipality, in a release indicates the association’s proposal would mean a better balance between rural economic development and land protection. The Municipality says that greater flexibility could mean an increase in mineral exploration, which can address the population decline in the area.
They also note that previously, the economic prosperity of the area was built on industry such as forestry and fishing. Mineral exploration, however could offer an opportunity to address the population decline by improving employment in the area.
Drilling has commenced in Goldboro, with the Municipality and contractor hoping to strike gold. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough says that
Anaconda Mining has initiated a 6000 metre drill in the area, spending a total of 1.2 million dollars in Goldboro.
Warden Vernon Pitts says that hearing news of drilling in the area is very exciting for residents, the municipality and Anaconda Mining:
Pitts says that people of the area are also on board with the idea of a gold mine opening in Goldboro.
President and CEO, Dustin Angelo says that he is confident that they’ll be able to expand the production, as they have found traces of gold further down the plunge. Angelo says that the future for Goldboro looks very good.
Angelo says disruption to the area during the drilling will be very minimal.
The former Commercial Cable telegraph relay station in Hazel Hill, Guysborough County will soon be torn down. Three years ago a local group that had been trying to preserve the building, the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society, announced it had exhausted attempts to find a sustainable use for the structure. The society had indicated plans to dismantle the building and turn the site into an historical ruin but the old relay station is still standing.
District of Guysborough CAO Barry Carroll says the municipality will move ahead with demolition after discussions with the society.
The station, which relayed telegraph messages between North America and Europe, was built in 1888 and closed in 1962. Among the many messages the station transmitted was the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Local wind power projects are playing a role in helping Nova Scotia Power in attaining record renewable energy targets.
The utility says last year, 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians came from renewable resources. That topped the previous record of 26.6 per cent in 2015. A decade ago, only 9 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity was renewable.
In Guysborough County, the Sable Wind Farm and wind turbines in Mulgrave, Melford and Goldboro produce electricity to power five thousand homes. Sable Wind is a partnership between the District of Guysborough and Nova Scotia Power. Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts says he’s pleased with the municipality’s contribution to renewable energy.
In Antigonish County, the Glen Dhu Wind Farm and other wind turbines at Irish Mountain, Fairmont and Maryvale produce enough electricity to power 22-thousand homes.