Disheartening to see municipalities go it on their own: Hussher

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TRENTON – Coun. Don Hussher expressed frustration at Tuesday’s Trenton council meeting regarding the lack of development on a regional enterprise network.

 

Hussher referenced a recent article in a Nova Scotia newspaper that said two of Pictou County’s municipalities are looking to hire a business development officer in lieu of the network.

“It’s frustrating to see that come out. It leaves the public with the consensus we’re not cooperating and we are,” Hussher said.

He said there’s never been a meeting between the municipalities to try to set up a REN, only a joint meeting with the province.

He wants to see the Pictou County municipalities get together, and said it was disheartening to see a few are looking to go it alone.

Hussher said they all need to be open-minded when they meet with Antigonish on Friday. 

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  • Rural concern
    March 13, 2014 - 09:51

    Smaller rural areas need to be open to the realities we are currently facing...we can no longer support the infrastructures which are in place in these small towns. The commercial tax base is not large enought to provide financial stability, and the government cannot afford to support them. If there are areas were cost savings can be had, ultimately in favor of allowing the small towns to stay alive, then we must be open to them. It is time to look outside the box for solutions, and stop being unwilling to accept change. Change is important and will be the life blood of keeping our rural communities alive. This is just one small example. Think Act Do.

  • J
    March 12, 2014 - 17:52

    amalgamation is needed ...it wont be accepted, nor considered by our many many politicians. but Springhill is the first wake up call. The long and growing list of companies and people leaving Pictou Co will only grow until positive action is taken by the towns. Is this a positive welcoming environment for business - the answer is no. Amalgamation would be the first step in addressing the many issues this area face..waste, lack of leadership, declining population, over governance...the list goes on.

  • Gray Road
    March 12, 2014 - 14:52

    It's also disheartening to see pictou county paying the wages for four different Police forces, operating costs of four buildings, a secretary for each, all the officers for each, payroll for each and for what??? To drive by a Tim Horton's to see them sitting there. That's money well spent right there. With recent closures of bigger industries and soon to be closing Michelin you think instead of promoting business in pictou county, which people will not be spending as much money due to the lost of work, you would look at the county and see where money can be saved. But no, all anyone wants to do is create below average paying jobs. Then complain about the foreign workers getting those jobs because these businesses need to lower pay rates to stay open. Look within the county to see where money can be saved. 1 police force for the town's of Westville, stellarton, Trenton and New Glasgow would be a good start. A large part of our population has to either move/work out west. What gives our Police officers any special treatment that they don't have to worry about such a thing.

    • Another Stellarton Resident
      March 12, 2014 - 20:37

      What say yee Premier McNeil? I believe you have the power to make this happen because the folks we elected sure won't.

    • Stellarton Resident
      March 13, 2014 - 08:12

      Agreed! But unfortunately, it appears that this may not happen until it is forced upon us by the province, which they said they would not do. Time to do what's in the best interest of the tax payers, and the county!

    • concerned
      March 13, 2014 - 11:21

      Maybe the answer lies in a referendum (let the people decide). Our politicians do not seem to want to do whats right for our county or its citizens. Perhaps its time the citizens make the choice as our elected officials are failing to lead. It begs the question -why are our elected officials so against this? could it be self interest?