Deputy Warden Jimmy MacAlpine
I am pleased to announce that the Towns Task Force has completed its draft report which was e-mailed to all members. The report, "A Path to Municipal Viability", was developed from the PowerPoint presentations given at the regional meetings as well as the Spring Workshop. It incorporated feedback received during these sessions. We ask that you review this important document and provide comments to the UNSM office by July 31, 2012. Please respond as a Council rather than as individual councillors. Once feedback is received, the Task Force will amend, as appropriate, and submit it to the UNSM Board. The final report will be presented at the Fall Conference in September. A special thank you to the Task Force members for a job well done. For a copy of the draft report, click here (702 kB).
The Fiscal Review Steering Committee met for the first time on June 14. The Committee consists of the UNSM Executive (President, Vice President, Past President and three Caucus Chairs) along with seven provincial deputy ministers representing Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Education, Community Services, Economic and Rural Development and Toursim, Finance, Environment, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Committee authorized the work of the Working Group who will be meeting over the summer to review programs and begin working on the deliverables identified in the terms of reference.