Inverness County Council is planning to sell one of its assets formerly used by the Strait Regional School Board. The building, the former board office in Port Hastings will be sold at market value, as it is no longer needed by the municipality.
Inverness County Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie has confirmed the county’s water capital would be funded by the county’s depreciation fund for this fiscal year.
She also mentioned that the municipality is doing its best to remedy the problem of water quantity in the community of Inverness. Leaks in the water line are being sought out right now, she said. With that, a new water source is also being sought.
Inverness County Council green-lit two funding requests at last Monday’s regular council session. The Orangedale Community Centre was given $8,939.81 worth of funding, and the Lake Ainslie Weaver’s Guide was given $5,372.51 from the municipality. In both cases, the funding is contingent on the provincial government coming across as a funding partner as well.
Cell phone service was a matter of discussion at Inverness Council’s last meeting.
Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier said there is a danger to people from lack of cell service, as calls being placed for emergency responders are not always possible. The northern area of the county is especially bad for coverage, he said.
Council is looking to meet with service providers, other levels of government, and the Regional Enterprise Network to see what improvements can be made
Tony Sampson, who serves as treasurer for Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue as well as search manager, made a presentation to Inverness County Council last Monday. His group is looking for $5,000 from the municipality to help manage the $60,000 operating budget Sampson’s group works with each year. Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said council will see what it can do to help out.
In 2019, Sampson would like to see a levy in place to fund Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue. The levy would be relatively small, he noted, mentioning that people with a property assessment of $500,000 would be charged well under $10 each year.
Inverness Council is siding with the CEO of the Strait of Canso Superport, Tim Gilfoy, who believes the changes purposed to the Municipal Government Act in Bill 85 are unfair.
Gilfoy sent a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil detailing his objections last month. Bill 85 allows the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to sell or lease certain property at a price less than market value. It also allows the municipality to allow tax concessions to the owners of industrial property.
“The proposed amendment creates an uneven playing field with respect to attracting industrial projects to the province of Nova Scotia,” Gilfoy’s letter read in part. “It has particular implications for the Strait of Canso Port.”
After Gilfoy’s letter was sent, the bill passed.
Even so, Inverness County Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said Inverness Council would contact the Premier to let him know local councillors stand with the Superport
Inverness Council green-lit multiple requests for funding at its Monday meeting. The municipal unit will give $1,000 to the Department of Community Services for its Vital Signs project; $5,000 in community development funds to Le Centre de la Mi-Carême in Grand Etang; and $6,000 in community development funds to the Port Hood Recreation District Commission. The county is also buying advertising space in the Nova Scotia Nunavut Command’s annual Veteran Service Recognition Book
Inverness Council approved the second reading of its dog control bylaw. The new bylaw repeals and replaces a previous bylaw that became effective on August 21, 1997. Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said very little changed in the bylaw, but the wording of the old document was outdated and needed revising. Some highlights of the document are that owners provide adequate care and conditions for their dogs, make sure their animals are under control, and ensure their dogs create no disturbances or nuisances.
Inverness County Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie officially welcomed the municipality’s new CAO, Keith MacDonald, at the start of last Monday’s council meeting. Before taking on the role, MacDonald served as the President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. Filling in as interim CAO was Tanya Tibbo, the county’s director of finance. MacQuarrie said Tibbo did a great job filling in after the exit of outgoing CAO Joe O’Connor last October.