The historic step by three local municipalities of formally signing a memorandum of understanding to forge ahead with a governance and shared services study has drawn immediate favour from various sources.
Warden Ronald Baillie on behalf of the Municipality of Pictou County, together with Mayor Barrie MacMillan of New Glasgow and Mayor Joe Hawes of Pictou formally signed the documents during a ceremony Friday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Business leaders present at the event were quick to praise the signing. So was Jack Kyte, executive director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce which has supported amalgamation and endorsed the previous push to conducted a shared services and governance study among the six local municipalities.
“The Chamber of Commerce fully supports this effort,” he said. “We’re very pleased to hear the municipalities are intending to work with the business community to make Pictou County more business friendly.”
Advocate Printing and Publishing President and CEO Sean Murray, who was appointed to head an action team to seek and secure more business opportunities for the county, endorsed the MOU signing.
“We have a choice,” he said. “We can be on the map or like everyone else.”
Baillie, who chairs the local mayors and warden committee, outlined the urgency of the MOU and the subsequent merging of supporting municipalities into a regional government in time for municipal elections in 2016.
“The Ivany Report, Now or Never, clearly outlines that we as citizens of Nova Scotia need to be open and embrace change in order to move our province forward,” he said.
“The same is true for Pictou County. This MOU is a call to action that will provide a fact-based analysis on the formation of...