The Municipality of the District of Shelburne agrees to meet with Towns’ and Provincial Officials
The Municipality of the District of Shelburne agreed to meet with the Town of Shelburne, the Town of Lockeport and Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing, provided that the Province will bring new information concerning funding that would be available to address the concerns the Municipality has regarding the significant costs involved in maintaining and upgrading Town infrastructure. A motion supporting a meeting was passed at a Special Council meeting held on February 10, 2020.
“As we have stated all along, the Municipality strongly believes the Province needs to make a financial commitment to address infrastructure challenges faced by the Towns, as they have done with other municipal units that have merged or dissolved. For Council to decide on a way forward, we need to investigate all options, including the pros and cons of each before making a decision that will have a direct impact on the future of our residents for years to come. At this point in time, we are not in a place where we can make a determination on what we believe may be the best way forward; however, we are open to explore the options with the Towns, the Province and our community, provided that the Province is prepared to be a key financial contributor ”, stated Warden Penny Smith.
The Municipality has requested from the Town of Shelburne and the Town of Lockeport a list of their infrastructure, including current maintenance costs and future capital costs. They are also gathering information from municipal units that have been part of the dissolution process and those that have amalgamated or consolidated.