Council notes

St. Mary’s continues with library upgrades

By Helen Murphy    

SHERBROOKE – At it’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, St. Mary’s council agreed to proceed with repairs to the basement of the Sherbrooke Library. Warden Michael Mosher told The Journal there are some issues with insulation in the basement that the municipality wants to address. The cost estimate for the repairs is $5000 - $6000. This follows other upgrades the municipality has done at the library over the past few years, including a new roof last year, new windows and siding.

Council also approved a motion to proceed with a request for proposals for legal services starting May 1, running until March 31, 2023. The current solicitor is Adam Rodgers, formerly of Boudrot Rodgers. Rodgers now works with the New Glasgow firm Mac Mac and Mac. St. Mary’s CAO Marvin MacDonald said that company will honour the terms and conditions of the original contract until May 1. The municipality is switching to a March 31 contract end date for 2023 to bring it back in line with the municipality’s fiscal year.

Council also agreed to increase the ceiling for eligibility for the annual low income exemption to $20,500 (household income), due to an increase in the cost of living.

“We don’t want anyone who qualified last year to not qualify this year because of a cost of living increase they may have gotten,” said Mosher. The low-income exception provides a $110 rebate on municipal tax bills for those who qualify.