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Top takeaways from Region of Queens council: Libraries, tourism, extra money for Christmas on the Mersey and tree policy

The Region of Queens Municipality CAO Richard MacLellan has resign and will be taking a position with the Town of Bridgewater.
The Region of Queens Municipality CAO Richard MacLellan has resign and will be taking a position with the Town of Bridgewater.

QUEENS COUNTY, NS - The council of the Region of Queens had its regular council meeting Aug. 8. Here’s a look at what was discussed. 

Vision 2027

Troy Myers, the chief executive officer of South Shore Public Libraries, and Eric Pottie, librarian at Thomas H. Raddall Library, made a presentation to council about the South Shore Public Libraries’ strategic priorities.

The innovative technology goals are to “digitize two important local documents per year, increase offerings of emerging technology classes by four per cent and offer two opportunities per year during school vacations for children to enhance technology skills.”

Others goals the South Shore Public Libraries have relate to creating welcoming spaces, such as increasing seating and meeting space, increasing membership and establishing a quiet space in each branch.

Relating to the welcoming space priority, Myers talked about how important it is to recognize library users’ needs and to accommodate those needs.

Under collection goals, the library hopes to have a steady growth in circulation.

The vision’s community goals include increasing the number of volunteers, meeting space bookings and creating two community partnerships per year.

Priorities under lifelong learning goals are to “increase program attendance by three per cent, host at least one post-secondary learning opportunity per year, increase non-fiction circulation by three per cent and offer four programs per year based on identified community interests and needs.”

To learn more about the vision, visit http://www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/VISION_2027.pdf.

South Shore Tourism Cooperative Ltd.

The South Shore Tourism Cooperative Ltd., previously known as the South Shore Tourism Team, recently had its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws approved. This means it’s now “incorporated as a nonprofit cooperative limited by membership fee,” said the information report.

The group recently hired Heather Spidell as marketing coordinator on a term contract that runs until March 2018.

Christmas on the Mersey 2017

There’s a recommendation that council of the Region of Queens Municipality “approves an over-expenditure of $2,000 on the Community Economic Diversification budget line to support the South Queens Chamber of Commerce event, Christmas on the Mersey 2017, for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.”

A sub-committee of the South Queens Chamber of Commerce organizes Christmas on the Mersey. The recommendation report says Mark Reynolds, from Reynolds Pharmachoice, is “again planning to have his staff work on organizing Christmas on the Mersey this year, on an in-kind basis.”

Tree removal

There were two tree removal requests – one at 351 West St. and another at 7 Riverview Rd. – presented to council.

For the first address, on West Street, it was recommended council “permit the homeowner to contract for the pruning, trimming and root management of the tree.” The motion was passed.

Mayor David Dagley said the recommendation for the tree on Riverview Road went to vote and was not approved. After the mayor put a motion on the floor that the tree be removed at the region’s expense, that motion was also defeated.

Following the defeat, council discussed a possible need for a policy for tree removal.

Dagley says the tree is a difficult situation for the landowner and tenants.

“It’s not a cosmetic concern of limbs hanging or possibly limbs falling in an ice storm,” said Dagley. “It’s an issue of structural impact from this tree.”

Dagley says the tree could cause additional problems as it continues to grow.  

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