UPDATED: Stellarton, Trenton, Westville to study services

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Three towns are collaborating in an effort to analyze the costs of service delivery.

Stellarton Councillor George Megeney on behalf of Mayor Joe Gennoe, Westville Mayor Roger MacKay, and Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon held a press conference in Westville council chambers Wednesday afternoon to announce a service study. AMANDA JESS - THE NEWS  

In an effort to make a quick and informed decision when New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County release their memorandum of understanding, the towns of Trenton, Westville and Stellarton will be examining various services for a “service delivery review study.”

The towns were quick to say that it is not a governance study.

“It’s about identifying areas that can be shared to save money for our citizens and to improve service to our citizens,” Stellarton Coun. George Megeney said on behalf of Mayor Joe Gennoe during a press conference in Westville on Wednesday.

Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon elaborated, stating it’s simply a way to gather information that would allow them to answer questions for their residents when they ask what a change in service would mean for them, regarding cost savings and the effectiveness of the service.

“This is information that is going to be needed for us to continue to push forward on a regional basis,” he said.

An invitation has been extended to the three other municipal units.

So far, they’ve received a response from New Glasgow stating that they’re not prepared to participate at this time.

Chief administrative officer for New Glasgow Lisa MacDonald said the council is very dedicated to the MOU, in response to why they declined.

She went on to say that when looking back on problems that arose with projects the municipal units have tried to collaborate on, such as the Pictou County Wellness Centre, governance plays a critical part.

Stellarton, Trenton and Westville will be examining all services and creating a list of priorities ranked with cost and efficiency.

They hope to have the study finished by the end of August.

Meanwhile, MacDonald said the MOU is in its final stages of drafting, and waiting for a final review from all three partnering units before they present it to the three other towns.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Geographic location: Trenton, Westville, New Glasgow Pictou County

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  • Art
    July 17, 2014 - 08:16

    Westville is in a lot better shape today then it was 5 years ago when New Glasgow ran things. How quickly people forget!

    • Another Stellarton Resident
      July 17, 2014 - 14:14

      Obviously you remember differently than Mayor Roger, who has no problem telling it like it is when it comes to Westville's finances. That is the reason why he has been trying to do things which will keep Westville solvent & not a part of the county government. The town of NG has absolutely nothing to do with any of Westville's financial woes however they certainly appear to be running their town very well.

  • Another Stellarton Resident
    July 17, 2014 - 06:15

    Mayor Megeney should first explain why Stellarton had no interest in cooperating with New Glasgow on the policing issue before he and Stellarton waste any more time and money on more studies and waste the time of these other two municipalities on another issue. The comedian Bill Mahar was quoted in The Decider on July 21st, 2007 and his words seem appropriate for this story, “The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them."

    • Just One Voice
      July 17, 2014 - 09:02

      Mayor Megeney?? What Stellarton are you livin in?

  • B curley
    July 16, 2014 - 16:47

    I couldn't help but notice the sign entering Pictou Co today that reads "Moving Forward Together". In my humble opinion we just took 3 steps backward. I recently attended a pubic meeting at the New Glasgow Library where elected municipal leaders gathered and the word was "working together...let's just do it"..........if this is what you call working together where the 3 Towns have selected to go it alone then we will never move toward serving the best interests of all residents in Pictou Co. ...the councillor who spoke the loudest about Amalgamation is now preaching "regional collaboration". Hopefully next Municipal Election we will have some real leaders run for office .

  • Stellarton resident
    July 16, 2014 - 16:07

    Seriously! It's like a high school reality show; municipal government addition!! "The other kids are doing it why can't we!!" Grow up and realize that you are all making us look like a bunch of small town idiots who can't get along. Be the grow-up elected officials we thought we were electing or step aside and let others! There needs to be some serious change in these three towns.

  • WESTVILLE RESIDENT
    July 16, 2014 - 14:30

    You got to be kidding me. Another study to come up with the same answer one government one service. Stop the silliness before it even starts. All this will be is another way for our town to get out off the large debt this group has put us in and now they want to take Stellarton who don't want to participate in anything that will involve going forward and Trenton who are in the sae boat as Westville. Is it any wonder why there is so must turmoil in this county with silly ideas that this will be a savior in the making. Dream on

    • Just One Vouce
      July 16, 2014 - 22:53

      I actually commend George, Roger and Glenn for trying something to find a few answers. Especially something that don't involve New Glasgow. The last thing I want to see happen is The County of New Glasgow. However, I don't buy it that any of this joint services or amalgamation talk is necessary. The towns just need to start thinkin more positively and keep from buyin into the idea that there is only one solution.