Stellarton wants in on MOU

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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.

Geographic location: Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou County

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Recent comments

  • One guy One voice
    April 08, 2014 - 23:30

    I hope Stellarton does no dealings with New Glasgow at all. Ever!

  • Jim bob
    April 08, 2014 - 23:18

    Did anyone think that New Glasgow, Pictou, and the County decided to work together, because the other units were the ones holding up the amalgamation study for their own self interests? Stop criticizing the municipal units for showing initiative!

  • Is the grass greener
    April 08, 2014 - 20:06

    Westville had a cost sharing arrangement with New Glasgow. Why did they ever stop that? Oh wait our streets were neglected and our taxes were raised.

  • Not so Fast
    April 08, 2014 - 09:05

    New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County are exploring cost sharing arrangements, not amalgamation. Under amalgamation, residents in the Municipality of Pictou County would get the shaft, as they would assume the debt, encumbrances and cost of excesses that the town folk enjoy. Hopefully our municipal counsellors are wise enough to realize that we need to reduce costs ... and not add to the burden of the municipal taxpayer.

    • A sharing townie
      April 08, 2014 - 16:03

      Use what words you want but the statements from the three talked about "governance" looking a lot different. Apparently you never come to town. Why do you think the county can put walls around its fiscal world? We live together in one place and all need services to a certain extent and it needs to be allocated fairly. Curious to know what "excesses" you mean? Perhaps efforts that benefit all in Pictou County? Of course, how would we ever work that out fairly, like neighbours, when some can shelter behind local political structures instead of having a governance model that allows us to be the best we can be - together. The big payoff from all this isn't getting cheaper toilet paper. Its governing one place for the benefit of all there.

  • Debbie
    April 08, 2014 - 05:46

    Ok. What's going on here??? New Glasgow makes it sound like they took this upon themselves to move the county forward. First trenton says they were not aware, now Stellarton wants to be invited. Seems to me there is a lot of back door dealings going on here. New Glasgow are you a bully? Are you going to make up your own rules and take your ball and bat home if you don't get your own way? These councils want to work together, why is new Glasgow only letting in people who they want? Is it because Pictou and the county are under new glasgows control? We are not getting the whole story here.

    • Hater Challenger
      April 08, 2014 - 15:51

      Debbie, have you not been witness what efforts to work together in Pictou County have looked like in the past? Do you think Pictou and the County got in because of bullying? Do you not think they were aware that the others were not invited and went with that approach. Sorry but you sound like just an illogical conspiracy theorist and New Glasgow hater. If there us any story we aren't getting all of it is in Westville, Trenton and Stellarton.

  • Hi Jink Avoider
    April 07, 2014 - 21:34

    I'm thinking the three should stick to their plan on this one. Why open up a forum for hi-jinx and grid lock such as has been seen? Why do they think they can "motion-themselves" in to others processes by sending them a recommendation. The 3 targeted June 1 for the completed MOU. That's the day to involve Stellarton and the others.

  • Another Stellarton Resident
    April 07, 2014 - 21:06

    Good on Councillor MacLellan & her forward thinking. Although not at the meeting, I don't think I would be wrong in suggesting that at least two councillors, and probably three, were much more enthusiastic about this decision than the fourth.

  • amalgamate pictou county now
    April 07, 2014 - 19:07

    Too late Stellarton. Your parochial politicians who are nothing but mouthpieces for the local cops' union has decided along with Westville and Trenton that you can stick your head in the sand and avoid the dreaded A word because it will devastate the personal financial future of a handful of cops and politicians. Who cares that Westville and Stellarton and Trenton are going broke and should have folded long ago. The writing is on the wall my friends and Pictou County, Pictou and NG are working from a position of strength and understand that their incorporated status is not so magical and that efficiency and services for their taxpayers as a collective unit is in their best interests. T-S-W will go bankrupt and deservedly so.