Council notes

Mulgrave to search for new CAO

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – The Town of Mulgrave will be advertising for a new CAO soon, with Jim Davison stepping down from the role at the end of Dec.

Davison was originally hired as financial manager but has been handling both roles over the past year. He plans to continue as financial manager until April, in order to wrap up the current fiscal year. The town will try to hire for both roles in one position.

Other items discussed during Monday night's regular council meeting include the ongoing issue around farm animals in the town. Next Monday council will meet with the local Backyard Farm Animals Assoc. to discuss the number of animals and lot sizes to be permitted for this use.

The town recently issued a call for expressions of interest for use of the Mulgrave Education Centre, which is now the property of the town after being deemed surplus to the needs of the regional school board. No expressions of interest were received. At the meeting it was reported that some repairs have recently been completed on the building. The town remains open to hearing ideas for use of the facility. Relevant information remains on the town website.

Also at Monday's meeting, councillor Tanya Snow was appointed deputy mayor, replacing Sheila Brophy in the role. Councillors take turns at one-year terms in the position, according to their vote count in the last municipal election.

Mulgrave has agreed to sign on to a letter of intent with other Strait Area municipalities to secure the services of an energy manager. This shared position involves looking for energy cost savings in the municipal units. The program is sponsored by Efficiency One -- a non-profit organization with oversight by the N.S. Utility and Review Board -- which would pay 50 per cent of the cost of the position.

"Hopefully we will get our 50 per cent back in cost savings," Davison told The Journal Tuesday.

In other business, the town intends to purchase a lot from the Diocese of Antigonish that has been used by the town as a tennis court for many years. The diocese is selling surplus properties and the town intends to purchase the lot to ensure the continuation of the tennis court in town.