Council considering three options for number of councillors
The Municipality of Pictou County has concluded the first phase of public consultation on its electoral boundaries earlier this month.
The next phase of the consultation will give residents the opportunity to provide feedback to Municipal Council by participating in an online forum.
“The Council wants to reach out to all our constituents and give everyone the opportunity to provide us their opinions,” says Warden Ron Baillie.
The online forum can be accessed by visiting the Municipality’s webpage and clicking on the Municipal Boundary Review link. The County’s website is www.county.pictou.ns.ca
Five public sessions were held during the month of June and July to illicit feedback from residents on the style of governance and size of council. The meetings were held in Toney River (June 18th), Eureka (June 19th), Little Harbour (June 25th), West River (June 26th) and the County’s Administration Building in Pictou (July 7th). The boundary review process is a requirement of the Municipal Government Act that sees the Council review its district boundaries and number of councilors every eight years.
The Council wants to reach out to all our constituents and give everyone the opportunity to provide us their opinions Warden Ron Baillie
“The online tool will give anyone who was not able to make one of the public sessions, the chance to provide us feedback. It is imperative that we hear from our residents on this issue as the Council size for the future will be determined through this process” says Baillie.
The Municipal Council is exploring three options including remaining at 14 elected councilors and reducing to 12 council members or reducing to 10 council members.
The online forum will run until Aug. 1. The council anticipates making a preliminary decision on the number of councilors and the boundaries in early September. The Municipality is required to submit its application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board be the end of December 2014.