MODG council

CLC construction on schedule

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – At last Wednesday’s regular monthly council meeting, councillors learned that the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) construction is proceeding according to specifications and on schedule. As well, councillor Blair George reported that the community fundraising initiative is now at $350,000, with a goal of $500,000.

In an interview, Warden Vernon Pitts said those funds will be used for equipment and furnishings needed inside the CLC.

Council approved the rezoning of two properties, one in Boylston from residential to rural/mixed zoning to accommodate a shed, and the second for Chedabucto Investments to allow for potential resident/commercial combined use on property behind Robin’s Donuts.

Council also made minor adjustments to its accountability and transparency policy. CAO Barry Carroll told The Journal that much of the work needed on that policy happened last fall, but a few “tweaks” were made this month to align with legislation from the province expected this coming fall and respond to recommendations in the recent Ombudsman’s report. For example, MODG will adopt a recommended model for expense claim forms.

In his report on the two special needs homes in the municipality, Vernon Pitts said council has not been able to address concerns over meal per diems in discussions with provincial officials. He said council would be requesting a meeting with the minister. Concerns have been raised that meal allowances in Guysborough are less than those at some other homes in the province.

A public session was held by the consultant helping the MODG develop a new five-year strategic plan last Thursday. Pitts told The Journal that council and municipal staff did not attend these meetings, to help ensure an open dialogue between residents and the consultant.