Council notes

Mulgrave needs new fire truck

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – At Monday night’s regular meeting of Mulgrave council, Fire Chief Mike Breen presented on the need for a new fire truck to replace an existing vehicle. Breen noted that no provision was made over the years in the annual operating budget for transferring funds to a reserve for this kind of equipment purchase. He said the price of a new truck keeps increasing, currently at around $350,000 for replacement cost.

Breen referred to an old agreement between the town and fire dept. to share the cost of a new truck fifty-fifty.

Mayor Ralph Hadley noted that the trucks don’t get heavy usage and are stored in a dry place. He asked Breen to research the exact cost and timing needed for a new truck. This information will be used to determine an annual amount to include in the operating budget as a transfer to a truck reserve fund.

In other business, the town received a letter on the new Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) from Chuck MacNeil, minister of Municipal Affairs. The Province will be accepting applications under the Green-Environmental Quality Stream of the ICIP. Council decided to apply to the program for its top priority: the pre-design, design, upgrade and construction of a waste water collection system and treatment facility. This would result in the town’s wastewater effluent meeting the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, CAO Jim Davis told The Journal.

Councillor Bob Russell reported that the town established a comfort centre at the fire hall during the power outage of Nov 30.

Regarding the ongoing issue around backyard farm animals, Councillor Russell said by-law development is not progressing. It was noted that Cape Breton Regional Municipality is also in the process of studying the issue and it was decided that it would be helpful for staff to look at the CBRM process to assist in Mulgrave’s work to institute regulations.