MULGRAVE – Town of Mulgrave council – at its regular meeting on June 21 – voted to rescind a motion passed earlier this month (June 7) to hold a plebiscite regarding a poultry and farm animal bylaw.
Complaints about farm animals within the town limits are a perennial issue that increases during the summer months.
Council had voted for a plebiscite to allow the town’s citizens to have their say on the matter. In the intervening weeks, council has given the proposed vote additional consideration.
The decision to cancel the plebiscite came after an in-camera session held following a lengthy discussion about the issue of farm animals during the open gallery portion of council’s agenda.
Mulgrave Mayor Ron Chisholm told The Journal on Tuesday (June 22) that the decision to rescind the motion for the plebiscite was based on the cost of the vote ($5,000 to $6,000) and that the outcome would not be legally binding. He added that council could make a bylaw without the plebiscite, but they do want the public’s input and will make a bylaw based on that information.
The town is considering options for gathering residents’ feedback on the farm animal issue.
During the June 21 session, council also heard a presentation of the audited 2020-2021 financial statements, given via Zoom by a representative of the firm Grant Thornton.
Chisholm said of report, “It’s very good. We’re holding our own.”
The recreation report to council was full of things to do in Mulgrave this summer, from renting paddle boards and bicycles to four weeks of free swims at the Mulgrave pool sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Canada Inc. – support which is greatly appreciated by town council and citizens, said Chisholm.
Reflecting on the recreation report, Chisholm said that Mulgrave’s Recreation and Physical Activity Coordinator Heather Brennan “does wonderful things for the town. You can’t praise her enough … [she is] always looking for another challenge … [and is] definitely appreciated.”
Councillor Krista Luddington brought information to council about the cost of installing audio visual technology in a board room at the Mulgrave Memorial Centre, where council could hold its regular meetings. Meetings are held in a different room in the centre. She noted that, even after the pandemic, livestreaming council meetings could continue to facilitate accessibility for townspeople.
Mulgrave council doesn’t sit during the summer months and will resume regular bi-weekly meetings on September 7.
Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal