Village Commission Dec. 12 Meeting Notes
New Village water operators Scott Macleod and Joe Baker presented the October/ November Village Public Works maintenance report: meter reads are complete for this quarter; various seasonal shutoffs were completed; regular water and sewer testing were completed and samples taken to the lab; garbage bins, benches and picnic tables were brought in; flower baskets came down and Christmas wreaths went up; the village tractor has been serviced and is ready for winter work; Macleod and Baker completed Maritime Environmental Training Institute courses and passed their Operator in Training (OIT) exams; plowing and salting of village sidewalks is underway; NSUARB requirements with respect to hydrants is nearly finished; hydrant testing will continue into January.
Village Chair Brian Morrison suggested Macleod and Baker begin sourcing, preferably locally, a new vehicle to replace the Ford Ranger.
Following the Dec. 12 meeting, The Standard asked Village media spokesperson Jocelyn Bethune when Village Public Works Supervisor Trudy Gillis would be returning to work. Gillis announced at the Sept. 25 monthly meeting that summer students and Village water operator Steven Fownes finished work on Aug. 31. Since she was working alone, most September work would not be accomplished and she would also have to drop out of a presentation due to workload. Gillis also stated that she would be on medical leave for 6-8 weeks beginning in October. Bethune responded on Dec. 12 that she was “not sure yet”, that “discussions” and “negotiations” were underway and that she was “hoping to have something in the next couple of weeks, maybe the New Year.” Bethune stated that Gillis was still overseeing the work of OITS Macleod and Baker.
In response to a village dog owner request for more garbage cans to discard poop bags, Village Clerk/treasurer Erin Bradley is sourcing some permanent cans. There are currently two Village garbage cans available, one on Chebucto Street and one on Water Street. Bradley also noted that the local sea cadet corps appreciated the mess dinner following the Freedom of the City ceremony. Morrison commented that is was nice to see a youth group in the village as there are few remaining.
Bradley stated that the sewer treatment plant debenture refinancing is completed.
Commissioner Bill Marchant was absent from the Dec. 12 meeting but sent in the following update on the Wharf Committee:
"The Wharf Committee has been meeting regularly since April. We don't feel the wharf is in any immediate need of significant repair, but we do recognize that major work will eventually have to be done. We have quotations from two engineering firms for comprehensive assessments of its condition and we are looking for partners to share in the cost of getting this work done. Also, we are developing a business model for the wharf that will ensure its sustainability into the future. At the present time, we are not ready to advise the Village Commission to take any action with regards to the wharf, but we expect to be able to make recommendations to the Village Commission and the community early in the New Year."
Morrison acknowledged Baddeck resident David Parkinson’s recent contribution. Parkinson is VP of engineering consulting firm F.C. O'neill, Scriven and Associates. Without charge, Parkinson has drawn up tender documents and built a check list needed to complete hydrant flow testing. This will aid the Village in completing NSUARB deliverables in 2019. The work is scheduled to go to tender in the New Year.
"The Village certainly thanks Dave for stepping up and giving his expertise to the Village. We appreciate it."