Tough decisions lie ahead as Hantsport continues with dissolution process

Ashley Thompson
Published on July 12, 2014
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Hantsport’s town council will have some more tough decisions to make come September.

The results of studies requested as part of the dissolution process, including a review of Hantsport’s potential to operate as a village, are due Sept. 5.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) is asking town council to decide which neighbouring municipality the Haven of Hospitality should merge with by Sept. 30.

From there, negotiations will ensue if the chosen municipality is still interested in absorbing Hantsport. The final UARB hearing regarding the Town of Hantsport’s dissolution application is expected to be held the first week of January 2015. Dissolution could occur by March 31, 2015 if the UARB approves the application filed in May.

At a regular monthly council meeting in Hantsport July 8, Mayor Robbie Zwicker said he feels it is time to start compiling “a bucket list” of asks to present to the municipalities of Kings and West Hants.

A letter of intent explaining town council’s wishes for Hantsport moving forward will be sent to the potential receiving municipalities once a proposal is completed.

“I do think the timeline is very aggressive,” said Coun. Faye Hill.

Zwicker listed the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre (HMCC) grounds as a priority.

Infrastructure upgrades, improvements to the funding formula for community partners such as HMCC, and continued investments in the community have also been identified as areas of importance.

The town will be sending out requests for proposals for studies focusing on financial and social impacts, infrastructure and governance as part of the dissolution application.

Additional studies on streets and roads, policing, bylaws, equalization, contractual obligations, human resources and water rates will also be completed.

The Town of Hantsport will be hosting its next public meeting on the topic of dissolution at the fire hall August 20 at 7 p.m.