Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Addressing vandalism
Mulgrave council adopts security camera use

  • October 6 2021
  • By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter    

MULGRAVE – Security cameras were once again on the agenda at Mulgrave’s regular council meeting on Monday, Oct. 4. One camera has been installed and is being monitored for performance. If it suits the needs of the town, two to four more will be installed at locations around the town.

Councillor Krista Luddington spoke to The Journal after Monday night’s council adjourned, as Mayor Ron Chisholm could not attend the meeting. She said, “We’ve been talking cameras for a little while now. We’ve had several bouts of vandalism; we are just trying to discourage that. That is the only reason that we are looking at security cameras at this time.”

“We did get a quote and that came back a little high so we’re looking at another solution…less expensive cameras but they do run on wi-fi and so we’ll be starting with one to see how it works,” she said.

At Monday night’s meeting, councillors also discussed land owned by the town that is surplus to their needs. The six properties identified, zoned residential, have assessed values ranging from $45,500 to less than $5,000. The town will assess the market value of the properties and then determine next steps.

Luddington told The Journal, “We’ve got the surplus of land and it’s not serving us in a beneficial way. If there is an opportunity that we can bring more folks to the area; we want to let people know that Mulgrave is open for business but also open for newcomers. That way we can bring people in.”

Council also cast a hopeful eye towards the summer of 2022 when Luddington brought a proposal for a music festival to the table.

The music festival, tentatively scheduled for July 9, 2022, would be the all-day opener to Mulgrave’s annual summer celebration, Scotia Days, which has been cancelled the past two years due to COVID-19.

Council was asked to confirm their support for the proposed event which will be held and organized under the umbrella of the Market by the Sea. Council voted in favour of a motion to support the music festival through an in-kind donation of the Mulgrave Memorial Centre’s soccer field as the location for the event.

An addition to the agenda for Monday’s council meeting was the Mulgrave Post Office. The building, which is owned by the town and rented by Canada Post, has recently been subject to testing for asbestos and radon. Before more work moves forward, the town decided a risk assessment plan for the building should be carried out and passed a motion to spend $6000 plus HST on the plan.