As this is the second night of the Festival of the Lights, I would like to wish all of my Jewish constituents a very Happy Hanukkah. Enjoy your latkes and celebrations.
In addition, I would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. Please enjoy time with friends and family and wish for peace on earth.
It has been a very busy month for MODY.
We have continued to work with the federal government to bring dopplar radar to South West Nova. The support from the neighbouring municipal units has been overwhelming.
The Cedar Lake and Forest Glen Rural Internet Projects are moving along well. Special thanks to Gerry Curry and the Cedar Lake Wireless Group for putting forth the application and successfully acquiring funds. They are up and running! Mark Blinn, our Economic Development Officer has been working diligently on the Forest Glen Project and they are full steam ahead.
The Phase Three Hebron Sidewalk Project is complete and we hope the citizens are enjoying the connection between the Highway 1 sidewalk and the trail.
We are waiting for the province to approve our Water Supply Upgrade lending program. Once approved it would allow home owners to borrow up to $10,000 from the municipality to dig or drill a new well by a certified well driller. Please note there is no guarantee of reaching water or the quality of the water. A lien would be put on your home until it is paid off. Please call the office for more information.
In November a motion was passed to assist the curling with funds required to purchase new equipment in the amount of $11,000.
We have had much discussion around the legalization of cannabis and will be continuing with this in the new year. July 1, 2018 is coming quickly and we have to be prepared with our own by-laws and policies.
We continue to support the construction of a cancer clinic in Yarmouth county and will hopefully be able to share our concerns during a meeting with Dr. Bethune, NSHA in the new year.
Many thanks to Don Houston and crew from the Department of Highways for getting our signs up in the Port Maitland area, repairing Quaco Road, and clear cutting the bushes on the Crosby Rd. In our meeting today we discussed waterline improvements to the road to the Sandford wharf. Don said the repairs could not be done until spring and until such time they would maintain the road this winter. Also in Sanford, there are issues of drainage near the boat builders shop. They will repair the shoulder again and get the water draining into the ditch. Please let me know if the road gets iced up again and I will give Don a call.
Port Maitland Beach and John’s Cove have consistently been the winners of YASTA’s best beach award. Today I made a motion to direct staff to research the installation of washrooms at John’s Cove. I know Councillor Cushing has already begun the process. In addition I asked that we partner with Department of Natural Resources to improve the facilities at Port Maitland Provincial Beach. The traffic is increasing at our beach and I know local visitors and tourists would appreciate a new comfort centre. It is the province’s mandate to increase tourist traffic and we need to insure we have the proper infrastructure in place.
Today we had a presentation from Aaron Colwell and Dave Doucette regarding connection of a local bus service to Kings Transit in Weymouth. They spoke very highly of the benefits of the service through the valley and would like to see Yarmouth added to the run. There would be a considerable cost to the Municipality for a service of this nature. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Please note that the top priorities of the Joint Councils continue to be the airport, the ferry terminal and the expansion of the Mariners Centre. The Board of the Airport is meeting regularly and have some significant decisions to make to improve the infrastructure. We have to look at ways to increase revenue. Remember it is still in regular use by Lifeline and Search and Rescue.The airport sees between 1300-1600 flights in and out each year.
Finally, the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth voted to accept a proposal from the Y’arc to purchase Arcadia School for the purpose of a new arts centre and theatre. A formal purchase and sale agreement is yet to be drawn up. The Municipality’s position from previous councils has been that they would support the Y’ARC once they found a location. As you will find out, I voted nay on the motion. While I agreed with the sale of the building, past experience and much research on regional planning lead me to the conclusion that an arts facility should be in the downtown core for economic development, accessibility, and tourism. I also felt that the Y’ARC group, who are highly talented and experienced in drama/theatre, should have consulted with the rest of the arts groups and societies prior to making the offer. Had the proposal been strictly for a theatre/ playhouse, I would have supported the motion.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns, would like to chat about local issues and let me know if you would like me to attend a function in your area. Best of luck to all the local lobster fishers in the area, be safe and have a successful season.
Best wishes for this holiday season,