Council is pleased with the number of building permits issued by the MOPC last month. In the month of June 2021, 130 permits were issued by MOPC building officials compared to 84 permits in June 2020. Coun. Darla MacKeil said this shows there has been considerable growth and investment in the countyin both new homes as well as improvements to existing ones.
MOPC Warden Robert Parker noted in his monthly report that the Pictou County Wellness Centre will be establishing a board of directors that will support staff in the daily operation of the centre and report to the Board of Governance that is made up of representatives from the six municipal units. Warden Parker said the role of the board of directors is still being determined, but it will be made up of community members with expertise in running such an establishment.
Council approved a schedule for its digital speed sign deployment. In the month of July, the signs will be in the areas of Merigomish, Sylvester, Priestville and Durham.
Council received an update on the work at the new Trenton-Abercrombie Road roundabout. The tender for the work has been awarded to S.W. Weeks and work has begun with land clearing in the area. The project has a deadline to be completed by November 30, 2021.
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Council noted it was pleased to see that the MOPC’s loan equipment program is being well used. It has a wide variety of items available for loan, including equipment that support accessibility needs. For information, contact the MOPC recreation department at 902-485-2247.
Council acknowledged the recent accomplishments of Justin Shaw of Elgin who was a judge in the draft horse division and the Calgary Stampede and Leonard Fraser of Millbrook who competed with horses in the stampede. Council also sent best wishes along to Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu of Pictou County who will be taking part in the 2021 Olympics in equestrian riding.
Council will be sending a letter of congratulations to Canada’s new Governor General Mary Simon who owns a cottage in rural Pictou County.