MULGRAVE – Two residents came to Mulgrave’s town council meeting last week to complain about barricades the town installed along a trail through the town.
Last month landowners along the trail appeared before council to complain about the ATV use there, which prompted the town to block access to the vehicles.
Acting CAO Kevin Matheson told The Journal that some residents are upset that part of the trail, a former rail bed, is now closed to ATVs. A section of the trail had previously been designated as part of the TransCanada Trail, meaning motorized vehicles were not permitted. Council had been allowing adjacent landowners to buy parts of the remaining trail, so those sections are now private property. The landowners have not had a problem with people walking along those sections of trail, but don’t want the ATVs on them.
There is an easement on either side of centre line of purchased sections of trail that can be used for town or emergency services.
In other business from council’s Nov. 21 meeting, officials from the Dept. of Municipal Affairs are expected to come to Mulgrave to meet with council on options for dealing with the vacant council seat. During the last municipal election in October, only three of four council seats were filled. A by-election was called for the remaining seat but no nomination papers were filed by the deadline of November 8.
Council currently has enough members to fulfill the requirements for quorum but the vacant seat remains an issue. Matheson said councillors and staff have been encouraging individuals to put their name forward, to no avail.
Although the pending amalgamation with the District of Guysborough may be part of the challenge in attracting candidates, Mulgrave also had a problem filling all council seats during the previous municipal election.
Council had an in-camera meeting regarding its troubled water treatment plant. Matheson told The Journal they have sought engineering advice from another company and “may be seeking some legal advice going forward.” He will be looking for candidates who specialize in this area.
Council had a report from the town’s auditors by conference call. Matheson said everything is fine with this year’s audit.