Ferguson told the January session of Annapolis County council that there are dozens of immediate- and longer-term tasks to be completed. He told the councillors that staff will be very busy with the integration process.
He said one of the immediate tasks is to develop an information package so town and county staff can keep residents informed and respond to their questions and concerns. Community meetings to report to residents on the process of integrating Bridgetown and the county are being planned, said Ferguson.
He reminded the council that on April 1, there will be a new municipal councillor sitting in the county chambers. He said that Mayor Horace Hurlburt will become a councillor representing the Bridgetown area until municipal elections are held in 2016. That vote will be based on the new electoral boundaries established as part of the dissolution of Bridgetown.
The amalgamation also involves the movement of former town staff to the municipality. He said this requires new job descriptions, orientation packages, and other tools to smooth the transition. Everyone is working very hard to make this a seamless transition and to create a welcoming and productive working environment, Ferguson said.
Councillors were told that special opening and closing ceremonies are anticipated. He said these will focus on building positive relationships with the residents of Bridgetown.
He said that over the next several months, it will be necessary to review all of the bylaws, procedures and other administrative structures to ensure that systems are compatible. He said…
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