It was recommended that council approve the installation of a new streetlight in front of 225 Mount Pleasant Road in Brooklyn. Concern was expressed that without the lighting, there was a safety issue.
Pop machine tabled
A motion to recommend allowing The Bargain! Shop to put a pop machine in front of the store was tabled. The reasons involved liability and pedestrian traffic flow, which will be investigated before making any decision.
Illegal dump site clean-up
It was recommended that the tipping fees for refuse at the landfill be waived for Harry Freeman & Sons Limited for the disposal of materials from illegal dumps on its property. The dumps were not from Freeman & Sons. The business will haul away the material and gate the private roads off at its own expense.
New road responsibility
Council will now consider approving a plan to assume responsibility of an additional 150 feet of road in front of Queens Place Drive. Currently the Department of Transportation is responsible for roads past the old town limits. The section of road in question will extend from the current boundary to the far edge of the Dairy Treat property. This is to give the region control over snow removal, road repairs and possible streetlights in front of the entrance to Queens Place Drive.
Drinking cup surcharge
It was recommended to councillors that they support the principle of the Province of Nova Scotia’s motion to add a surcharge to disposable drinking cups from restaurants and other venues. The motion will also make it possible to return these cups to a depot for refund. The province’s motion is still in its preliminary stages, and no date for adoption has been set.
Bulk salt increase
Committee of the Whole recommended that council approve the lowest tender, made by Donald Whynot Trucking Ltd., to haul bulk salt for the 2008/09 winter season. The tendered price is $38.95 per metric tonne. This represents a 58 per cent increase over last year’s $24.59 per tonne, which is mainly attributed to rising fuel costs.
Water rates unchanged
Council will also consider a recommendation made by Committee of the Whole to not increase water utility rates, and reexamine them for 2010. This is due to costs for the water utility not expecting to increase outside the budget for this time period.
School year book ads
A recommendation was made for council to approve the purchase of advertising in the year books of North Queens Rural High, South Queens Junior High and Liverpool Regional High School at a cost of $100 per school. The funds would come from the Advertising and Promotions account.
Physical activity promoted
It was recommended to council that it approve the position description for the new Physical Activity Coordinator with the Region of Queens. Megan Smart will fill this position.
Tourism conference approved
Council will consider a recommendation for Mayor John Leefe and Counc. Doug Adams to attend the 2008 Tourism Industry of Nova Scotia (TIANS) Conference in Halifax from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
Committee meeting moved
It was recommended to council that Committee of the Whole be moved from Nov. 11 to Nov. 10, due to the Remembrance Day holiday.
New councillor orientation
Finally, it was recommended that council approve that councillors elected for the first time be able to attend the orientation sessions that will be held in Truro on Nov. 20 and 21.
The C.O.W. Report
Region of Queens committee minutes
The Region of Queens Municipality Committee of the Whole met on Oct. 14 to decide what to recommend to council. Council’s regular monthly meeting is Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.
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