Council notes

Feathered friends on agenda at Mulgrave Council

Feeding ducks and raising poultry bring concerns

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – It seems ducks and chickens have been ruffling feathers in the Town of Mulgrave lately, but not their own.

The popular duck pond and concerns around raising poultry and other farm animals were addressed by councillors at their Oct. 1 meeting.

Concerns about traffic in the area of the duck pond and proper feeding of the waterfowl, as well as the town’s policy on poultry and farm animals, dominated discussion during the public gallery session at the end of the meeting. Concerns over backyard farming centred on the numbers of animals being raised.

Council had requested staff review the policy on backyard farming (C-13) at an earlier meeting. This resulted in a redrafting of the 2014 policy, which was read aloud by CAO Jim Davis. The revised policy has been sent to the town’s solicitor for review.

It was agreed that council would meet with the Mulgrave Backyard Farm Animal Association to discuss concerns on Monday, Oct 8.

At that meeting, council received a proposal from the association that would see the group administer a policy on behalf of the Town.

"A great deal of discussion took place,” Davis told The Journal Tuesday. "Town Council will reflect on the proposal and seek legal advice."

Regarding the duck-traffic concerns, council agreed to look into the possibility of installing a “duck ladder,” CAO Jim Davis told The Journal.

In other business from the Oct. 1 meeting, council agreed to support the Mulgrave Farmer’s Market with $500 for 2019.

Council also agreed to support a resolution of the N.S. Federation of Municipalities to raise awareness of the burden on municipalities because of provincial government inaction on packaging legislation. Eighty per cent of the rest of Canada has placed a cost on packagers to help with cost of collecting, sorting and selling recycled items, Davis told The Journal.

Council will send a letter of support on the resolution to the NSFM, with a copy to the minister of environment.