By Tina Comeau
At its June 12 meeting Yarmouth town council held off on voting on a motion to set up a fund aimed at helping to defer costs for non-profit groups who conduct community cleanups.
Council opted instead to wait to see whether such funding will be included in the budget that Waste Check – the region’s solid waste authority – would be eventually passing. Council was told more budget talks were happening Monday, June 16.
The motion, which had already been tabled at the May 15 council meeting, is for the town to establish its own one-kilometre and two-kilometre town cleanup program that would have a maximum budget allotment of $2,500.
Councillor Ken Langille, who said the motion stems from discussions and concerns at the Community in Bloom committee, said he felt the priorities of Waste Check would be “totally wrong” if it didn’t continue to include funding for a community litter program in its budget.
Councillor Phil Mooney, one of council members who sits on Waste Check, said the authority had not yet made its final budgetary decisions and added that like the town, the budgetary process facing Waste Check is a reflection of the fiscal realities that exist.