Mulgrave exploring options for governance, finances

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – Following the failure of efforts to amalgamate with the District of Guysborough, the Town of Mulgrave is looking at other options, including shared services with neighbouring municipalities.

Mulgrave’s acting CAO, Kevin Matheson, told The Journal Tuesday that he raised the issue at the most recent meeting of the Strait Area Mayors and Wardens. While there was no discussion of the matter at the meeting, Matheson told those in attendance he would be in touch with other CAOs in the area to discuss possibilities. Matheson said he expects officials from the Dept. of Municipal Affairs to also reach out to elected officials in neighbouring municipalities.

“We’re sort of back at the drawing board,” said Matheson. Options being explored including shared services to ease financial strain.

The town currently has shared services arranged with MODG for solid waste management and building inspections. “We’ve had a good experience with that,” said Matheson.

In the meantime, he says the town is operationally “business as usual”.

Now that the amalgamation issue has been set aside, at least temporarily, interest in vacant council seats has increased. Three candidates have filed nomination papers for the two vacant seats. The Special Election will be held on June 3, 2017. Advance polls are Saturday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 30. The candidates are: Bob Russell, Michael Shaw and Tanya Lee Snow.