Middleton RCMP office expansion planned
Annapolis County Council
By Stephen Hawboldt
The Annapolis County Council learned last week that the Town of Middleton wishes to expand their RCMP office so they could accommodate additional police officers now working from Annapolis detachment headquarters in Bridgetown. The municipality received a copy of a letter that Middleton sent to the provincial minister of justice seeking financial assistance.
Councillors were surprised that the town council was seeking the transfer of headquarters staff to work from the proposed expanded facilities in Middleton. Councillors asked the County CAO to seek clarification as possible transfers have not been previously discussed. It is expected to be on the agenda for a regional meeting, “in the near future.”
Other topics at the April session of the council revolved around routine business although the meeting was punctuated by two separate in camera sessions. The first, involving the county solicitor, was at the beginning of the day and a second closed meeting finished the day.
The municipal economic development committee provided the council with a summary of the so called “Ivany report,” formally known as the Report of the Nova Scotia Commission of Building Our Economy. Councillors were told that this report and the proposed municipal economic development strategy were, “collaborative and cooperative.”
Tax Exemptions Changed
The council approved additions, subtractions, and other amendments to the list of community owned properties receiving partial or complete exemption from municipal taxes.
Capital Funding Carried Forward
The capital funding for several previously approved municipal capital projects has been carried over into the 2014/15 fiscal year. These include upgrades to water and sewer projects in Bear River, Granville Ferry, Margaretsville, and Nictaux, street paving in Cornwallis, purchase of a transit bus and augmentation of IT services.
It was agreed at the April session that the key subject areas of the municipal strategic plan being developed will be governance, finance, economic development, environment and immigration. This review is being undertaken by an ad hoc committee composed of Councillors Alex Morrison, Paul McDonald, and Martha Roberts.
The council accepted the recommendation of the heritage advisory committee to give the Annapolis Heritage Society a grant of $1,000 for improvements to the storage facilities for historic artifacts.