Macin­nis takes on deputy mayor role

Park­ing and plas­tic bag dis­cus­sions

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­[email protected]­cas­ket.ca

Don­nie Macin­nis will take on the role of deputy mayor for the Town of Antigonish.

Macin­nis suc­ceeds coun­cil­lor Diane Roberts who fin­ished her term with coun­cil’s reg­u­lar monthly pub­lic meet­ing Nov. 19.

The vet­eran coun­cil­lor noted this will be his sec­ond time in the role, hav­ing served a term in 2009.

“I have 13 years of ex­pe­ri­ence on coun­cil, so I think that’s a ben­e­fit to be­ing deputy mayor,” Macin­nis said. “My cur­rent job as branch man­ager of East Coast Credit Union in Antigonish, hav­ing that fi­nan­cial back­ground, cer­tainly plays a role too.”

Asked about im­por­tant pro­jects he an­tic­i­pates dur­ing his time in the role, Macin­nis pointed to the town’s En­vi­sion Antigonish work, which will help shape its mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning strat­egy and land-use by­law.

“We’ll con­tinue with that over the next year to bring new ideas and thoughts to our com­mu­nity, about what else we can bring to our res­i­dents,” he said.

Christ­mas park­ing

Free park­ing will, once again, be the norm in down­town Antigonish for the Christ­mas sea­son … but just not on Main Street.

Mayor Lau­rie Boucher ex­plained the prob­lem for free park­ing on Main Street is that it ends up be­ing counter-pro­duc­tive to help­ing busi­nesses on Main

Street, and cos­tumers who would like to shop at those busi­nesses, be­cause peo­ple were tak­ing ad­van­tage of no me­ter to park all­day, at some of the most con­ve­nient spots.

“We used to, it’s only the last two years we haven’t given free park­ing on Main Street,” she said.

“The idea is; park­ing on Main Street is for peo­ple to pa­tron­ize the busi­nesses there, and in or­der for that to oc­cur, you should have re­volv­ing park­ing spots so peo­ple can park in front of stores they want to shop in. If we have peo­ple park­ing there all day, it coun­ter­acts the idea of hav­ing park­ing me­ters there.

“It was ac­tu­ally some of the busi­nesses which came to us say­ing it wasn’t quite work­ing on Main Street be­cause they no­ticed peo­ple park­ing in those spots all day. From there, we de­cided to keep park­ing me­ters ac­tive on Main Street but give free park­ing be­hind the busi­nesses [and in other down­town lots].” Plas­tic bags

Dur­ing the Nov. 19 meet­ing, Boucher also spoke to con­ver­sa­tions she has had with other mu­nic­i­pal­ity lead­ers about ban­ning the use of plas­tic bags, in light of the prov­ince stat­ing they will not be is­su­ing such a ban.

“Nova Sco­tia is num­ber one as far as re­cy­cling and waste com­mit­ment, so why not do it now? It would be nice to lead the prov­ince on this; the prov­ince has in­di­cated that, at this time, they’re not in­ter­ested in do­ing it provincewide so this is a chance where each mu­nic­i­pal­ity could stand up and lead the prov­ince in how we want to go,” Boucher said.

Coun­cil­lor Jack Macpher­son, chair of the waste man­age­ment, started the con­ver­sa­tion with an­other re­minder, es­pe­cially for this time of year where res­i­dents do so much shop­ping, to bring re­us­able bags into gro­cery and de­part­ment stores; elim­i­nat­ing the need for plas­tic ones.

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