Council notes

Mulgrave finalizes tennis court purchase, makes ESREN decision

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – The Town of Mulgrave has finalized its purchase of the property that has long been used for the community’s tennis court. The land was purchased from the Diocese of Antigonish.

Other items discussed at Monday evening’s regular council meeting include a new four-year workplan presented by new CAO Darlene Berthier Sampson. In an interview with The Journal Tuesday, Berthier Sampson noted that some of the town’s employees are nearing retirement age and it was important to prepare a planning document that includes mandatory timelines over the coming years. The plan can serve as a succession planning document for the next council, she said.

During an in-camera session, council discussed the future status of its membership in the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN). A decision was made, but the CAO noted that it has not yet been shared with the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN). She said the town’s decision will be made public at the next regular council meeting on Feb. 18.

Other council items included an amendment to the insurance policy for the town’s school property to lower costs.

Council also passed a motion to charge a small fee to residents for testing of water meters at residents’ request.

It was reported that with a new funding model for the town’s library, the municipality’s costs will go up slightly. However a new funding model for the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management Committee is being reduced, which will help offset the library increase.

Council also recognized February as African Heritage Month.