Council news

Green Fund supports community projects

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – At last Wednesday’s regular monthly council meeting, 19 green community projects were funded through proceeds of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s Green Fund. These monies are generated through a 20-cent per tonne levy at MODG’s waste management facility. Projects ranged from flower beds to fish stocking and waste containers.

In other business, council heard a request for rezoning of a property on East Side Harbour Road. A public hearing on the request is scheduled for June 14, to be followed by a council meeting.

A property in Boylston was rezoned from resource to commercial use to accommodate a self-storage units operation. No written submissions were received on the rezoning request.

Warden Vernon Pitts reported on his recent participation in the Strait Area Mayors and Wardens meeting, where he raised the matter of operational funding needs for Strait Area Search and Rescue. The Mayors and Wardens group believes this operational funding should be provincially supported, said Pitts, and will be writing to the province on the matter.

Pitts also raised the issue of the local region not having a representative on the provincial health authority. He told The Journal he expects the group to send a letter of concern to the Dept. of Health.

Council is looking forward to having work done on water pipes at the nursing home in Canso, the warden said. Provincial funding for this is one of the outcomes of MODG’s recent meetings with Dept. of Health officials about needs at the municipality’s two special care homes.

Pitts noted that the residents’ council at the Milford Haven home is using some of its own funds (from the earlier sale of its van) to build a walking path. Assistance for that project is also coming from MODG’s Green Fund.