Council news

MODG welcomes glowing audit report

By Lois Ann Dort    

GUYSBOROUGH -- The audit is in and the news is good for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. On Tuesday, August 9, representatives for the firm Grant Thornton presented the 2015/2016 financial statement to council. “You’re doing something right, that’s for sure. It is a very positive statement. It is not often that you see financial assets in a municipality. And to that degree, it is quite substantial,” said Grant Thornton representative Kim Livingston at the end of the presentation.

In many instances, the MODG had budgeted for slightly more than the actual cost for such things as equipment purchases and construction items such as sewer lines. MODG Warden Vernon Pitts said this was due to erring on the side of caution as such items are subject to tender, creating a range in actual costs depending on bids received.

Pitts said of the auditor’s report, “This is a reflection on our staff as well as council. It shows the true value of team spirit. Any time we have a surplus is fantastic. It goes into reserve and we use it for any number of projects. It was a great result with our Sable Wind.”

In other business, council will send a letter to the province in support of a request from the Mulgrave Road Theatre to purchase the right-of-way for adjoining land from the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The additional land will allow the MRT to move forward with plans for expansion of their building on Main Street, Guysborough.

The MODG continues to negotiate with the Strait Regional School Board over the relocation of the industrial education classroom for Guysborough Academy, currently located in the G.O.A.L.S. building on Green Street, across from Chedabucto Place, if plans for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex move forward. Building the complex would require the demolition of the current G.O.A.L.S. building and plans for the complex, which includes space for G.O.A.L.S., does not have a designated space for SRSB use.

“What we are proposing to do is move the industrial component of G.O.A.L.S across to the school. The school is looking at an addition—ventilation and whatnot. It is a substantial investment. We have no problem partnering on that...I think this will be negotiated and we will arrive at terms that are palatable to all parties,” said Pitts.

Council is also moving forward with plans for Phase II of the Cutler’s Brook Estates project on Old Riverside Road, Guysborough. Phase I is complete with one of 10 lots currently sold. The next step is to agree upon a price with the province for the crown land the municipality needs to purchase for Phase II.