Council Highlights: April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

·      Municipal Council approved the 2016-17 Operating Budget; as well as the 2016-17 Capital budget (as amended) and the 2017-2021 Capital Plan, in principle, as presented. Tax rates remain the same. 

·      The Municipality will work collaboratively with the citizens interested in developing the Jubilee Park Floating Dock on the Annapolis River; establish a Letter of Intent with the future Jubilee Park Floating Dock Advisory Committee; maintain the floating dock; and will officially recognize the Jubilee Park Floating Dock Advisory Committee as an advisory organization to the Municipality.

·      Municipal Council approved the expenditure of $1,500 for the Acadian Passport project and will re-evaluate the project next year.

·      Staff was authorized to facilitate the submission of a funding application on behalf of the Bridgetown Volunteer Fire Department to upgrade an existing off-road vehicle.

·      Municipal Council will sign and submit an application to Business Nova Scotia for funding from Invest Nova Scotia.

·      Municipal Council will provide a letter in support and acknowledgement of the Lawrencetown and District Pool Society’s and the Bridgetown Community Recreation Association’s (BCRA) applications for a Recreation Facility Development grant application, contingent upon receipt and review of the funding application by the CAO’s office.

·      The Warden and Clerk were authorized to sign an agreement between the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and NS Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal for resurfacing on South Broadway Ave. between Spinnaker Dr. and Hwy #1, Cornwallis Park.

·      Municipal Council approved the Heart of the Valley BMX Skate Park Society’s request to release previously approved funding in the amount of $30,000.

·      Municipal Council approved funding of $40,000 for the Bridgetown water meter replacement project.

·      Funding of $73,454.80 was approved for the County’s portion of the shoulder widening project on Junction Road (between Brooklyn Rd. and Commercial St., Middleton).

·      A grant will be provided to the Annapolis Royal Wharf Association in the amount of $10,000 over the next two fiscal years.

·      A letter of acknowledgement and awareness in support of the Bridgetown P-12 School Playground Society’s application for a Recreation Facility Development grant application will be forwarded.

·      A letter to the Minister of Justice noting appreciation for the Annapolis County Street Crimes Unit and the Municipality’s desire for its continued presence will be sent.

·      A Public Hearing will be held on May 17th, 11am, at the Municipal Office, Annapolis Royal, to discuss Municipal Council’s intention to enter into a development agreement with property owners in Bridgetown to permit the redevelopment of the property (51 Church St.).

·      Tiny home readiness will be added to the list of year-one priorities in the Municipality’s Economic Development Strategies.

·      Municipal Council will not be entering into contract negotiations with SPCA.