Top 5 things to know from Wind­sor coun­cil’s fi­nal meet­ing of 2018

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Wind­sor coun­cil wrapped up 2018 with a fi­nal meet­ing on Dec. 18, mov­ing it a week ahead to avoid meet­ing on Dec. 25.

Al­though much of the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing the big ele­phant in the room, con­sol­i­da­tion, is be­ing han­dled at the tran­si­tion com­mit­tee meet­ings (the next one is in Jan­uary), the town still has busi­ness to at­tend to. The fol­low­ing are the high­lights from the meet­ing.

1. Wind­sor coun­cil be­gins livestream­ing on Face­book.

Fol­low­ing West Hants coun­cil’s lead, Wind­sor coun­cil has de­cided to be­gin live stream­ing its meet­ings to its Face­book page. This means that pub­lic meet­ings in Wind­sor-West Hants will now be streamed live to their re­spec­tive Face­book pages, so on cold win­ter nights, if you don’t feel like at­tend­ing in per­son, you can curl up at home to watch all of the ex­cite­ment.

2. Ser­vice medals pre­sented.

Lieu­tenant Daniel Lavers and fire­fighter Jen­nifer Dav­i­son, both with the Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment, were pre­sented with 16year medals and thanked for their ser­vice by Mayor Anna Allen and coun­cil. They wore their dress uni­forms and sev­eral fel­low fire­fight­ers were in the gallery to watch the pre­sen­ta­tion. Joel Dauphi­nee also re­ceived a 16-year-ser­vice medal but he was un­able to at­tend the meet­ing.

3. New app avail­able.

When do you take the garbage out again? Well now there’s an app for that.

Ti­tled Re­gion 6 NS Re­cy­cles, the app, avail­able for free on the Ap­ple App Store and Google Play Store, will send no­ti­fi­ca­tions for when it’s time to take out re­cy­cling or garbage for col­lec­tion. The app ap­plies to all com­mu­ni­ties within Re­gion 6, in­clud­ing Wind­sor, West Hants and the South Shore. The user is in­structed to en­ter their ad­dress for the app to work.

Coun. Shel­ley Bibby joked at coun­cil that even though her teenage chil­dren have the app on their phone, they still don’t take the trash out.

4. Wind­sor mulls fes­ti­val and ban­ner posts.

Wind­sor coun­cil has moved dis­cus­sion on in­stalling fes­ti­val and ban­ner posts onto next year’s bud­get talks.

Coun­cil re­ceived a re­quest to put up ban­ners for the Long Pond Clas­sic, but those re­quests have to go through Nova Sco­tia Power and Bell Aliant, as they own the poles. But the idea sparked a dis­cus­sion about the town in­stalling its own poles for sim­i­lar events.

Town staff dis­cussed how Wolfville and other ju­ris­dic­tions ad­min­is­tered their own poles and found that they come with added costs. In­stalling the four rec­om­mended poles alone would cost ap­prox­i­mately $3,200. How­ever, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Louis Coutinho said the ban­ner poles could po­ten­tially be used as a way to gen­er­ate rev­enue for the town by sell­ing the ban­ner space for a fee.

Some coun­cil­lors said they were con­cerned about the po­ten­tial for costs to bal­loon and they agree to move the item to bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions next year.

5. Non-smok­ing sig­nage selected.

Wind­sor coun­cil has con­firmed the over­all de­sign for new signs it will use to ed­u­cate res­i­dents and vis­i­tors about their up­dated smok­ing by-law, which bans smok­ing of all kinds in all pub­lic places, in­clud­ing along streets and side­walks, in town.

The signs, which read ‘proud to be a smoke free com­mu­nity’, will be green in colour.

The town’s CAO said they found the de­sign from an­other ju­ris­dic­tion. Staff will be look­ing into whether they’re al­lowed to use it first with­out break­ing any copy­right law. Once those is­sues are ironed out, Troy Burgess, with the town’s traf­fic au­thor­ity, said the signs could be in­stalled in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Lieu­tenant Daniel Lavers re­ceives a medal for his 16 years of ser­vice with the Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment from Mayor Anna Allen.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Fire­fighter Jen­nifer Dav­i­son re­ceives a medal for her 16 years of ser­vice with the Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment from Mayor Anna Allen.

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