County, towns, village band together for efficiency, greater voice
The County of Annapolis, the towns of Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown, and Middleton, plus the Village of Lawrencetown met Thursday evening for the first time as a Regional Caucus.
Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie said it's the first time, at least in anyone's memory, that the five municipal units have met and he termed the first meeting, held in Lawrencetown, as a success.
The Regional Caucus idea was proposed by the county earlier this year with the idea of looking at issues of common concern, and increasing efficiencies.
At Thursday's meeting it was agreed to establish a steering committee consisting of the Warden, mayors, and council and village commission representatives. That group would come up with a structure within which the caucus would opperate. The steering committee will use Kings County's Protocol for Regional Cooperation as a template, drawing from it and tailering it to work for Annapolis County.
The full caucus also talked about policing, fire service, fire inspections, and recreation in a meeting that lasted about two hours. In that short time several ideas for colaboration were identified and will be topics of discussion in the future. It was also noted that the caucus would give the Annapolis County region a louder voice with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and in its dealings with the province.
A second meeting is scheduled for the end of April.