In order to determine the appropriate size of Council and the electoral boundaries of the new Regional Municipality we have engaged Stantec Consulting Limited to perform a Governance Review. The Co-ordinating Committee will consider Stantec’s review in determining the size of the Regional Council and related electoral district boundaries – and thereafter in applying to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for approval of the governance structure in advance of the first election for the new Regional Municipality on March 7, 2020.
As part of this process, we are asking that residents take part in an online survey that will help us to gather opinions on council size for the new Regional Municipality. The link to the survey can be found below and paper copies are available for those unable to do the survey on-line at both the Town Office at 100 King Street, Windsor or the Municipal Office at 76 Morison Drive, Windsor.
Five public meetings have been scheduled to present information to residents on council size and will provide an opportunity to hear resident’s opinions. Each meeting will begin with an open house from 6:00 to 7:00 pm followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm. The meetings will be held as follow:
Tuesday, January 29 - Avondale Community Hall, 50 Avondale Cross Rd, Avondale
Wednesday, January 30 - Brooklyn Civic Center, 995 Hwy 215, Brooklyn
Thursday, January 31 - South West Hants Fire Hall, 1884 Hwy 14, Vaughan
Tuesday, February 5 - Windsor Community Center, 78 Thomas Street, Windsor
Wednesday, February 6(snow date for the 1st 4 meetings) - West Hants Municipal Office, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor
Thursday, February 7 - Falmouth Community Hall, 147 Falmouth Back Rd, Falmouth
Wednesday, February 13 (snow date for February 7) - West Hants Municipal Office, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor **Please note the location change for the meeting schedule for January 31 which is now taking place at the South West Hants Fire Hall
Stantec will present its recommendations on potential council size to the Co-ordinating Committee in February. These recommendations will be based on survey responses, input from the public meetings and consultation with current Council and staff. The Co-ordinating Committee will determine a potential council size or sizes to be used in the boundary determination phase.
A second set of meetings will be held in March in order to gather information regarding electoral boundaries. Information regarding the electoral boundary portion of the process will be announced in February.