Mulgrave hears youth priorities, discusses policing costs

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MULGRAVE – Mulgrave held its regular council meeting on April 19 and hosted a special guest, Victoria Cook, who serves as a member of the Mulgrave Youth Council.

The youth council is a new initiative in the Town of Mulgrave that seeks to get youth involved in municipal government and keep town council informed about the needs and concerns of youth in the community.

Cook spoke to council about creating rainbow crosswalks in the town this summer—near McNair’s Cove, the post office and the Royal Canadian Legion—an idea that was warmly received by all councillors, who fully supported the idea.

The plan is to create the crosswalks before the annual Scotia Days Festival in July.

Cook also spoke on some concerns about local trails and the possibility of creating more bicycle-friendly trails, which Councillor Krista Luddington said might be a project eligible for grant funding.

Luddington also gave a report on marina development noting that work has progressed under the umbrellas of town council and MARA (Mulgrave and Area Revitalization Association).

“We did get the quote from Strait Engineering, $598,000 to reface the front. That’s what we are considering Phase I. Phase II would be to implement a proper breakwater so that we’re not talking about it again in 10 years’ time…And then subsequent phases would be to build the wharf and the floating docks. Some work to the slipway and stuff like that,” said Luddington, noting that proponents of the marina development project have been researching funding streams.

Council also discussed policing cost for the town as provided by the RCMP. The town is allotted one full-time member at a cost of $171,000 over the most recent fiscal year.

In the first quarter of 2022, 21 calls have been received by the RCMP from Mulgrave which lines up with the previous year.

“It doesn’t warrant $171,000. I don’t think,” said Luddington.

Council will make inquiries regarding possible policing alternatives. One part-time RCMP officer or a town police force were ideas floated at the council table.

Luddington was quick to point out the high cost of policing as provided by the RCMP was not a problem experienced by the Town of Mulgrave alone, “It’s everyone across the board.”

RCMP costs are expected to rise this coming year and in following years under the recently ratified contract between the federal government and the union representing RCMP members.

Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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