New heritage bylaw advances at council

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SHERBROOKE – Who says the wheels of local government grind slowly?

In the time it might take another community’s elected representatives to find their seats, Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Warden Greg Weir and his council colleagues may have set a new land speed record for legislative efficiency at last Wednesday’s (Feb. 10) regular meeting – handling 10 agenda items in exactly 13 minutes and six seconds.

One item – a new heritage property by-law that’s designed to replace one that has languished on the district’s books for 15 years – received second reading and formal approval in just less than a minute.

Also on the docket for the evening were recommendations from the Feb. 3 committee of the whole meeting to: appoint Councillor Everett Baker to an outside committee; pass the low-income property tax rebate; approve a local tax-sale offer; join a consortium of nearby municipalities seeking provincial funding for a shared IT services framework; and buy a new brine pump for the Recplex’s skating rink.

Elapsed time: five minutes flat.

The reports of the outside committees were even brisker. Regarding the Community Health Board, Tourism Guysborough County Association, Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management and Sherbrooke Village Commission, Weir asked council: “Any questions? No? Ok. Perfect.”

Up finally, at 10 minutes and counting, was Chief Administrative Officer Marvin MacDonald with his staff report: a meeting with local MLA Lloyd Hines went well; as did one with Emerge NS over a quality of life survey. Meanwhile, a discussion with provincial officials about municipal procedures in a post-COVID world was timely and useful. Three minutes later, he was done.

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal