UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from June 27 Meeting

  • Provincial Recreation Strategy - The UNSM Board received a presentation by members of the Department of Health and Wellness and Recreation Nova Scotia on a Provincial Recreation Strategy. The Board is considering endorsing the strategy and encourages municipalities to consider likewise.
  • Regional Meetings - UNSM regional meetings will be organized for the Fall of 2014.
  • Project Funding - Staff will develop criteria on using UNSM project funding. The draft criteria will be presented for discussion at the August board meeting.
  • MPJAG - The Province has approached the UNSM to reform the Municipal-Provincial Joint Advisory Group on Water and Wastewater (MPJAG). UNSM staff will prepare recommendations for the Board to consider at its August meeting before making a decision to reform the committee.
  • Bylaw Amendments - The draft UNSM bylaw and policy amendments were approved by the Board. The draft documents will be emailed to the membership in July for review and comment. The final drafts will be put to the membership for a vote at the November AGM.
  • Solid Waste Regulations - The Board raised concerns with the new solid waste regulations being proposed by the Province. The UNSM will write the Minister of Environment to express concerns with unknown costs that could be downloaded onto municipalities.
  • Resolution Committee Appointments - The following members were appointed to the UNSM Resolutions Committee: Councillor Greg MacArthur, Town of Truro (Town Caucus), Councillor Alex Morrison, County of Annapolis (Rural Caucus), Councillor Emma Vanrooyen, County of Kings (Rural Caucus), Councillor Russell Walker (HRM), Councillor Ivan Doncaster (CBRM)
  • Health and Wellness Committee Appointment - The following member was appointed to the UNSM Health and Wellness Committee: Councillor Greg MacArthur, Town of Truro
  • Gas Tax Oversight Committee Appointments - The Board approved the appointment of Betty MacDonald, UNSM Executive Director and Hugh Landry, CAO, Town of Mulgrave, to the Oversight Committee.  
  • Property Tax Study - The Board discussed next steps. Staff will  meet with the consultant to review options.
  • Resolutions Follow-Up - The Board reviewed the responses from the Province and staff will follow up with those departments indicating a willingness to work with municipalities. The Board will raise resolutions with the Province at the next Ministers' Roundtable.
  • One NS Workshop Report - The report from the OneNS Workshop held for municipal elected officials on May 23 is complete. UNSM staff will continue to identify ways to help municipalities respond to the challenges facing communities. For a copy of the report, click here.
  • Citizen Engagement Workshop - The UNSM will be hosting a one-day workshop for the membership on citizen engagement. It is scheduled for Friday, September 19 at the Truro Holiday Inn.
  • Municipal Government Included in Civics Curriculum - The UNSM is looking at ways to have municipal government taught more frequently in the public school system as part of the civics curriculum. To this end, the UNSM will present at the Social Studies Teachers Association AGM in October. The goal will be to encourage more social studies teachers to incorporate municipal government into their curriculum including involving municipal officials to conduct presentations and holding mock council meetings.
  • MOU - The UNSM board and staff will work with Municipal Affairs on the creation of a new MOU/Collaboration Agreement.