The Town of Stellarton doesn’t want to be on the outside looking in when a memorandum of understanding is drawn up between the Towns of New Glasgow and Pictou, along with the Municipality of Pictou County.
Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe
At an announcement on March 28 in New Glasgow by Mayor Barrie MacMillan, in the presence of Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes and Municipal Deputy Warden Andy Thompson, he said their MOU would focus on items critical to their respective municipalities while putting a new system of governance to deliver services.
During that meeting MacMillan also said that once the MOU is developed they will share it with the other towns.
Stellarton doesn’t want to wait for that, they want to be involved in the discussion process.
A motion brought forth by councillor Judith MacLellan to submit a letter to New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County recommending councillor Ken Francis be involved in the MOU conversation as the Town of Stellarton representative was passed unanimously.
All councillors commended MacLellan on the motion and the desire to have the town represented during the discussions. They all said they were disappointed that the province pulled its $150,000 of funding for the governance study, but they’re glad discussions on the topic of governance are continuing.
The three governing bodies currently involved in the MOU discussions anticipated it would be in place by June 1 of this year. Stellarton hopes it’s not too late to get involved as they expect the next two months to go quickly.