Trenton skeptical about MOU from New Glasgow, Pictou, Municipality

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TRENTON – Cooperation between Pictou County’s municipal units were called into question during Tuesday’s Trenton council meeting.

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Coun. Don Hussher questioned many aspects of a letter from New Glasgow regarding the memorandum of understanding between their town, Pictou and the municipality of Pictou County.

“It’s not in the best interests of Pictou County,” he said about the initiative.

New Glasgow announced on March 28 that they would be collaborating with two other units in reference to changes in shared services and governance.

Hussher noted that they had been informed of the discussions between the other units through the media.

In response to a letter sent by Mayor Glen MacKinnon, the town of New Glasgow cited Trenton’s farmers’ market as an example of them not cooperating with the county, Hussher said.

“It takes us by total surprise that they’d even bring that up,” Hussher said, stating that they’re not trying to compete with New Glasgow’s Farmers’ Market.

He said that during planning for the redevelopment of Main Street in 2006, a farmers’ market was suggested to them.

He went on to say that their market is very small, on a different day from New Glasgow’s and serves as a way for local residents without transportation to get fresh produce.

“For (them) to use that for a reason that we were not cooperating with Pictou County, it seemed pretty petty to me. It seems to me they’re reaching, reaching for an excuse,” he said following the meeting.

In an interview Wednesday, CAO Lisa MacDonald noted that New Glasgow started building support for the town’s farmers’ market in 2005, including asking for regional support from other municipal units.

New Glasgow town council was surprised to see a farmers’ market take place in Trenton in close proximity to New Glasgow’s market, MacDonald said, adding that they expected there wouldn’t be competition from other units.

MacDonald noted that the letter to Trenton also mentioned the amount of rinks in the county.

A feasibility study done in 2009 found that sustaining more than six ice surfaces would be a challenge, she said.

MacDonald said the town felt they had to show leadership and close the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in 2013 in order to ensure the success of the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

“We continue to have too many ice surfaces,” she said.

Hussher wants to see all the municipal units get together to discuss how to proceed with governance with all options on the table.

At a Stellarton council meeting earlier this week, Coun. Ken Francis noted that he had passed out letters to New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County requesting inclusion in the discussions surrounding the MOU.

MacDonald said on Wednesday that everyone will be included, but discussions remain within the three units until they decide otherwise.

 

 

 

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County

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  • rediculous
    May 14, 2014 - 10:08

    Well, well, well....New Glasgow is the best and no one else can compete....is that what they're saying? Pathetic! This is the same reason they do not want to immacumate towns in the county. I do not understand why New Glasgow gets to control everything and have their say about what happens in other parts of the county.

    • Cathy H
      May 14, 2014 - 12:18

      New Glasgow has close to 10,000 citizens in their municipal unit...but the small units simply do not want to recognize that fact, nor do they want to support building a strong service centre as they would rather fight to try to survive as singletons and work against the centre of Pictou County.

    • Shane MacMillan
      May 14, 2014 - 15:32

      @ rediculous - It seems every time New Glasgow tries to be a leader in the county it is attacked by this same old "Stuck up New Glasgow" rhetoric. Municipal, provincial and federal units with more population have received more representation in government since 1867. One goal of amalgamation is to INCLUDE the smaller towns, like Trenton, in the voice of Pictou County when dealing with provincial and federal policies.

    • simple
      May 14, 2014 - 15:37

      it's very simple,new glasgow decided to go ahead as everyone else remained on the fence.someone had to make the tough decsion,if trenton don't want in just say so.too many people willing to point fingers and not step up and be part of the "program".