PICTOU – Town council held a special meeting Monday to hash out what the newly elected council sees as priorities for its four-year term. This meeting was the fifth dedicated to deciding what issues are priorities to the council, with the next one to be held on Jan. 15. All issues brought up in these sessions are for the purpose of putting priority issues down on paper without setting it in stone, chief administrative officer Scott Conrod said. “Priorities can be changed later, but this is a starting place,” he said at the meeting.Topics covered Monday included the public works, the fire department and parks and recreation department. For public works, the council decided that it would prioritize looking at the cost and benefit of owning versus leasing street lights co-operatively with other municipalities, look at the cost and benefit of chip seal pavement, look at the operation and maintenance required for town equipment so future problems with the equipment can be foreseen and avoided, to discuss how to improve spring cleanup and to review staffing and resources in the public works department. Issues associated with the fire department that the council wants to prioritize over the next four years include keeping track of the department’s assets and equipment, to develop a plan for the fire auxiliary equipment reserve, to look at whether the department should be on its own legally or tied to the town and security of the fire hall. Recreation issues the council wants to see addressed in the next four years include reviewing the existing terms of reference for the recreation committee and reviewing the staffing structure of the department.Council will formally decide what issues will be the main priorities following this stage of discussions.