One voice for 13 towns

CBN Joint Coun­cils speaks on be­half of all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in re­gion

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Af­ter three un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts at at­tract­ing enough mem­bers to form a quo­rum for an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, CBN Joint Coun­cils hit pay dirt in Vic­to­ria last week.

Seven­teen may­ors and coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing seven of the 13 towns which make up the mu­nic­i­pal group turned out at the Vic­to­ria town hall Feb. 24 to elect a new ex­ec­u­tive.

There was no elec­tion for the chair­man’s post as Coun. David Moore Jr. of Clarke’s Beach is con­tin­u­ing into his sec­ond year of a two-year term as chair­man.

Bri­gus town clerk Wayne Rose con­ducted the elec­tion of of­fi­cers, which saw Coun. Aubrey Rose of Vic­to­ria re­turned as vice-chair. Lisa Rodgers, who was elected to the Salmon Cove town coun­cil in Jan­uary, will serve as sec­re­tary and Coun. David Mur­phy of Har­bour Grace will fill the trea­surer’s role.

Coun. Vi­vian His­cock of Vic­to­ria will rep­re­sent the as­so­ci­a­tion on the board of M-RON (Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work). All were elected by ac­cla­ma­tion.

Aside from the elec­tion, there was no set agenda for the meet­ing and no min­utes to be adopted.

Mem­bers talked about the need to gen­er­ate more in­ter­est in the fledg­ling or­ga­ni­za­tion, es­pe­cially at­ten­dance at reg­u­lar meet­ings, which are held on the last Thurs­day of each month.

Coun. Ge­orge Butt of Car­bon­ear, who at­tends meet­ings reg­u­larly, ob­served some towns ap­pear to be ded­i­cated to the as­so­ci­a­tion, while oth­ers don’t show up at meet­ings.

En­cour­ag­ing mem­ber towns to keep the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open with Joint Coun­cils, Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore sug­gested in­di­vid­ual coun­cils should “ touch base with the ( Joint Coun­cils) ex­ec­u­tive and let them know what’s on the go.”

Mem­ber towns were also en­cour­aged to sug­gest agenda items for Joint Coun­cils meet­ings, and the ex­ec­u­tive was en­cour­aged to make copies of the agenda avail­able to mem­ber towns in ad­vance of the meet­ings to help gen­er­ate in­ter­est and boost at­ten­dance.

As a lobby group speak­ing with one voice on be­half of all its mem­ber towns, Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade as­serted, “ this is a very im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

One of the is­sues Slade would like to see the group tackle is that of the need for com­pen­sa­tion for dam­ages caused by storm surges from the sea.

The is­sue has been a pet peeve of Slade’s since late De­cem­ber when sus­tained sea surges took out part of a sea wall along the town’s beach and caused other pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture and pri­vate prop­erty dam­age.

While the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments have com­pen­sa­tion pro­grams for dam­ages caused by rain and wind storms on land, like Trop­i­cal Storm Chan­tal and Hur­ri­cane Igor, ap­par­ently there are no such pro­grams to cover dam­age caused by heavy seas.

“ Some­body got to tell me what the dif­fer­ence is be­tween these two types of storms,” he said.

The mayor said this is not only a Car­bon­ear is­sue, but should be of concern to all other towns bor­dered by the sea.

With fed­eral elec­tion fever in the air, Vic­to­ria Mayor Art Burke sug­gested this would be a good time to con­tact Sen­a­tor Fabian Man­ning and ask him to meet with Joint Coun­cils on this is­sue.

As mayor of the only in­land town in the CBN re­gion, Burke joked, “ if we get a sea in here, I pity our neigh­bours.”

Salmon Cove Mayor Nathan Graham says he’s look­ing for­ward to host­ing CBN Joint Coun­cils’ next monthly meet­ing set for March 31.

Mem­bers of the CBN Joint Coun­cils new ex­ec­u­tive are from left: David Moore Jr, Clarke’s Beach, chair­man; Aubrey Rose, Vic­to­ria, vice-chair, Lisa Rodgers, Salmon Cove, sec­re­tary, David Mur­phy, Har­bour Grace, trea­surer and Vi­vian His­cock, Vic­to­ria, Joint Coun­cils’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive on M-RON.

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