Top three things to know from Windsor’s Nov. 13 com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing

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Mem­bers of Windsor’s town coun­cil held a com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing Nov. 13 and a va­ri­ety of items were dis­cussed. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Windsor sets first pub­lic en­gage­ment meet­ing on con­sol­i­da­tion

The Town of Windsor will hold its first pub­lic en­gage­ment ses­sion on con­sol­i­da­tion Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Room 5, in the lower floor of the Hants County War Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Coun­cil­lors dis­cussed the up­com­ing meet­ing and de­cided to slightly change the venue. Rather than hold­ing it in the main au­di­to­rium, they agreed to move it down­stairs to one of the smaller rooms.

Windsor Mayor Anna Allen said she wanted to do this to pro­vide a smaller, more in­ti­mate set­ting.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed they didn’t want the meet­ing to come across as a se­ri­ous, for­mal in­for­ma­tion ses­sion with a power point pre­sen­ta­tion and sticky notes on gi­ant pieces of pa­per.

“I re­ally hate that,” Allen said. Deputy mayor Lau­rie Mur­ley sug­gested us­ing couches as a way to make it even more ca­sual.

The coun­cil­lors are hop­ing the meet­ing, the first in what will likely be a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings, won’t turn into a scream­ing match.

The West Hants coun­cil­lor-run town halls were cited as an ex­am­ple of how to do th­ese type of en­gage­ment ses­sions.

Coun. Jim Ivey said he has at­tended a few of the West Hants town halls and would like to repli­cate those.

2. Val­ley REN iden­ti­fies ex­pand­ing broad­band and green en­ergy as two key strate­gies

Jen­nifer Tufts, se­nior eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, pre­sented the quar­terly up­date from the Val­ley Re­gional En­ter­prise Net­work, of which Windsor is a mem­ber.

The REN’s three-year strate­gic frame­work highlights their goal to re­tain and grow the re­gion’s work­force, innovation and at­tract­ing new em­ploy­ers, of which ex­pand­ing broad­band in­ter­net ac­cess and en­hanc­ing green en­ergy are com­mon com­po­nents.

The REN has met with De­velop Nova Sco­tia on its broad­band ef­fort, a Crown cor­po­ra­tion re­spon­si­ble for up­grad­ing de­vel­op­ing land and in­fra­struc­ture across Nova Sco­tia, in­clud­ing the Halifax and Lunen­burg wa­ter­fronts.

“It’s re­ally about work­ing in part­ner­ship with what they’re al­ready do­ing in the prov­ince in re­la­tion to broad­band,” Tufts said. “We’ve had sev­eral meet­ings with them and we want to help them carry out broad­band ex­pan­sion in this area in any way that we can.”

She also high­lighted the REN’s re­cent re­brand­ing ef­forts, which in­cluded a new web­site, logo and more.

3. Windsor District RCMP at­tempt­ing to find ways to ease traf­fic dur­ing pump­kin re­gatta and is­sues their first ticket un­der the new Cannabis Act

Newly minted Staff Sgt. Cory Bushell re­ported what the RCMP has been up to in Oc­to­ber, on Cpl. Luc Cote’s be­half.

With the Windsor West Hants Pump­kin Re­gatta and the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis, it was a busy month for the Moun­ties.

They re­ceived 153 calls for ser­vice in Oc­to­ber, rang­ing from false alarms, men­tal health calls, as­saults, mis­chief, traf­fic en­force­ment and more.

They as­sisted with the Chil­dren’s Wish Pa­rade and Pump­kin Re­gatta on Oct. 14, which saw heavy traf­fic in and around town. They’re look­ing into ways to mit­i­gate con­ges­tion around the event.

“Dur­ing the event, traf­fic was backed up all the way to the Ben Jack­son Road, which was a bit of a con­cern,” Bushell said. “We’re go­ing to be meet­ing in the new year to try to ad­dress that.”

The first Cannabis Act charge was handed down on Oct. 22, sev­eral days af­ter the sub­stance was le­gal­ized on Oct. 17.

“(Cannabis le­gal­iza­tion) has been rel­a­tively un­event­ful for us,” he said.

The charge was re­lated to un­der­age pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

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