Five takeaways from Digby Town Council Committee of the Whole meeting


Published on April 18, 2017

Digby Town Hall.

©Sara Ericsson

DIGBY, NS – Digby’s Town Council met Apr. 18 at their Committee of the Whole session. Here are the five biggest things to take away from the meeting.

    1.    Heading into new year with a surplus

Director of Finance Matthew Raymond presented the town’s budget, which is currently at a surplus despite an expensive winter for salt laying on roads. The current surplus for budget purposes is $247,239.

This number could change, however, since final numbers for matters such as the housing deficit remain unknown. Raymond says he’s still confident the budget will remain at a surplus.

 

    2.    Special Constable Richard Parry is retiring…

After 18 years as Digby’s administrator of Dangerous or Unsightly Premises, Parry will retire at the end of the month. He hopes “over these years we’ve been able to educate the public on property issues.”

Parry has eleven working days left, and says his time spent in Digby has “been a slice,” but that he won’t miss working in public service. He will, however, “miss working with the public.”

 

    3.    …and the town is hiring.

The Town of Digby will hire a new Bylaw Enforcement Officer once Parry retires at the end of the month. The position is currently being advertised, and has been receiving significant interest, with many resumes submitted. Its closing date is Apr. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

 

    4.    New procurement policy with local emphasis

Council has updated its procurement policy after ten years. Town CAO Tom Ossinger calls it a “routine procedure,” and says council followed Halifax’s guidelines for the four to five years before officially updating their own.

He says the policy is still noteworthy and contains key features “cherry picked from other municipalities,” such as the importance of buying local. Local businesses are given a preference of five per cent on their prices over non-local businesses if they offer best value to council.  This adjustment can be given to local business’ price at or lower than $25,000.

 

    5.    Water bottle station at Promenade

“This has been getting a lot of positive feedback on Facebook,” says Deputy Mayor Jean Brittain.

A water bottle station will soon be stationed at Digby’s Promenade along the waterfront. Benches were installed this week and have been popular spots for locals and tourists alike already, but the water station was postponed until next week due to chilly weather.