ST. MARY’S—Councillors for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s are in no hurry to change their tried and true ward system of local government.
The subject arose following an extensive discussion on options for a new service exchange agreement with the provincial government, and was last on the list of a wide range of survey subjects designed to provide the municipality with an opportunity to tweak or revise the relationship. The question: Should the municipality have a mayor or a warden?
Chief Administrative Officer Marissa Jordan explained the distinction: “Right now, we have a ward system. The warden is [elected] by the councillors. A mayor is actually elected by people. I believe you don't have to live within the ward to be elected to that ward. It’s the same with our current system for warden. You don’t have to live within your district. You just need on your nomination paper five people from outside that live in that district.”
“It works for us,” said Deputy Warden James Fuller, at the close of the June 13 regular meeting. His six district colleagues agreed. There were no abstentions.
Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal