UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from September 26 Meeting

  • Governance and Dispute Resolution Report - The Board approved the final report of the Towns Task Force Governance and Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee. The report recommends a province-wide mediation program open to all municipalities and various legislative changes to outline the mediation-arbitration process for municipalities. The report has been sent to Minister Furey. For a copy of the report click here:
  • Farm Practices Board - The UNSM Board appointed Councillor Merrill MacInnis from the County of Victoria to the Farm Practices Board.
  • Provincial Program to Identify Nova Scotians at Risk - The UNSM President will write to Municipal Affairs Minister in support of the Province's initiative to develop a program to identify Nova Scotians at risk during emergency situations.
  • Nominations Committee Report - The Board approved the UNSM Nominations Committee report nominating the following individuals for the UNSM Table Officer positions for 2014-15: For President: Warden Keith Hunter, Municipality of the County of Cumberland; for Vice President, Councillor Claire Detheridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
  • By-Law Revisions - The UNSM membership will be asked to vote on By-Law amendments at the Annual Fall Conference in November. Proposed revisions were e-mailed to the membership on July 17 with a request to provide feedback by September 17. The membership will have an opportunity to voice any concerns with the proposed changes at the AGM which takes place at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax on November 6. For a copy of the By-Law Revision Report, click here.
  • Provincial Environmental Regulations Strategy -  The UNSM President will be meeting with the NS Environment Minister to discuss municipal issues with provincial environmental regulations. The UNSM is in the process of developing a strategy to tackle environmental regulations impacting municipalities. This would include solid waste, water and wastewater, climate change, and coastal zone management. The UNSM is bringing together representatives from the UNSM, AMA, Municipal Public Works Directors, land-use planners and sustainability coordinators together with senior provincial environment staff. The purpose will be to outline municipal issues and concerns and to come up with solutions. We know environmental regulations represent one of the largest financial impacts on municipalities. These discussions are crucial as we move forward with joint solutions.