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Hantsport’s town council is open to setting some cash aside for promotional purposes in light of the ongoing dissolution process.
Coun. Margot Bureaux pitched the idea in reading a prepared statement at a recent committee of the whole meeting.
“The dissolution decision was made with a somewhat defeated attitude,”
Bureauxwas one of six council members to support the motion to the dissolve the town. Coun. Faye Hill was the lone member to oppose the dissolution motion tabled during a special council meeting in April.
The Think Hantsport citizen group was formed shortly after the dissolution vote with the focus of exploring alternative solutions to the town’s mounting economic pressures.
“I can’t tell you how joyful and reassured I have become with how the community has been rallying against the challenges we, as a whole, are facing,” she said, listing Think Hantsport and the volunteer-led committees formed to save the public pool and library as examples of citizens taking action.
In reflecting on the successful citizen movements, Bureaux said she now feels there may be alternative paths forward council may not have been aware of in April.
“I am pleased to see the movement that is challenging us and opening my mind, at least, to the possibility that there is something worth fighting for,” she said.
She urged her colleagues to embrace Think Hantsport, and consider partnering with the “progressive” group in the future to showcase the passion, beauty, quality of life and possibilities within Hantsport.
“I believe we need to show our residents and neighbours that we are doing all we can and that if dissolution does come about, that it was the only option left to us,” she said.
Bureaux suggested council make room in the recently approved budget for up to $5,000 for promotional use to showcase the town at such events as the regional Sip.Chat.Connect networking session that will be held in Windsor in the fall.
She added that Think Hantsport pitched the idea of producing a promotional video about the Haven of Hospitality.
“Anyone who comes to Hantsport just loves it,” said Bureaux.
Deputy Mayor Harold Bulger put forth a motion calling on the committee to recommend that council include up to $5,000 for promotional purposes in the current budget. The motion passed by a vote of 6-1, with Coun. Rob Frederick opposing.