Posted at 9:40 am on January 11, 2018

The Town of Mulgrave begins 2018 with an uncertain future.  Last year, the town abandoned its application with Utility and Review Board to dissolve.  It was hoping to merge with the District of Guysborough.  But the rural municipality didn’t accept the province’s funding offer to assist Mulgrave to amalgamate.
Mulgrave Mayor Ralph Hadley says for now, the town is keeping the lines of communication open with the province’s Municipal  Affairs department.
Hadley says one of its biggest challenges is capital improvements; there’s no money for projects such as a new sewer treatment plant.  Hadley says the town is exploring possible funding options for that.  The main road through town, Route 344, also needs significant improvements.
Hadley says it’s  watching developments closely with a proposed container terminal in Melford, which could be a big boost for the local area.

Posted at 1:04 pm on June 2, 2017

Mulgrave will fill two vacant seats on its Town Council this weekend.   The town is holding a Special Election on Saturday. 
Running for Town Council are Bob Russell, Michael Shaw and Tanya Lee Snow.  One council seat has been empty since municipal elections last fall.  The other vacacancy is due to the recent resignation of councillor Evangeline Breen.
Polls will be open Saturday at Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Posted at 12:57 pm on May 25, 2017

The Town of Mulgrave is standing pat with its tax rates this year.
The residential tax rate is $1.80 per one hundred dollars of assessment.  The commercial rate is $4.93.  Both rates are unchanged from last year.
Expenditures for this year total two million dollars.
The general capital budget is 692-thousand dollars.
Town Council set the tax rate and budget this week.

Posted at 10:14 am on May 10, 2017

Three names will be on the ballot when voters in the Town of Mulgrave go to the polls in a Special Election June 3rd.  Running for Town Council are Bob Russell, Michael Shaw and Tanya Lee Snow.  The election will fill two vacant council seats.  One has been empty since municipal elections last fall.  The other is due to the recent resignation of Deputy Mayor Evangeline Breen.


Advance Polls for this election will be held on May 27th and May 30th.

Posted at 12:25 pm on April 5, 2017

With a merger with the District of Guysborough now off, the Town of Mulgrave is now taking steps to again to fill out its municipal council.
There is one vacant seat on council.  A special election to fill the seat will be held on June 3rd.  Town residents interested in running for the vacant seat have until May 9th to file nomination papers.  Advance polls will be held on May 27th and May 30th.
The seat has been vacant since municipal elections last fall, when three candidates filed nomination papers for the four council seats.  A special election was called in early December to fill the empty seat, but no one filed nomination papers to run.

Posted at 1:42 pm on March 9, 2017

It appears Mulgrave will remain a town for now.  At a special meeting Wednesday night, town council has decided the municipality will withdraw its application to dissolve with the Utility and Review Board.  The Town was hoping to merge with the Guysborough District Municipality.  However  the regional municipality didn’t accept the province’s funding offer to assist Mulgrave in merging with the district.  The offer included money for dissolution costs and support for roads and infrastructure.  The province also agreed to maintain the 6.2 kilometre section of Route 344 that runs through the town.
Town Mayor Ralph Hadley says Mulgrave is now exploring options for the future.
A hearing was scheduled for March 20th to hear the town’s application for dissolution.  That hearing is expected to be cancelled.

Posted at 5:20 pm on February 17, 2015

The Mulgrave Mayor is not surprised that his community is one of a few not meeting enough benchmarks to be considered financially viable.   The Municipal Affairs Department says the index indicates Westville, Clark’s Harbour and Mulgrave have failed a test that could result in an automatic review of their financial viability.  Lorne Mac Donald says the municipal unit knew this was coming and they want the public to play a role in deciding the future governance of Mulgrave. The town is considering items like being absorbed by the county, sharing services or staying with the status quo.

Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey says he is working with municipalities to finalize the review process, which was recommended in a draft report released last fall.