The Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Dec 7, 2016 has been cancelled.
The Village of Chester will be holding a by election to replace one Commissioner.
Nomination Day will be Wednesday, November 2
The Advance Poll Day will be on Saturday, November 12
Election Day will be Tuesday, November 15
Please pick up nomination papers at our office located at
27 Pleasant St., Chester or download from below.
The Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for September 21 has been cancelled.
The following people have been appointed and approved at the regular monthly meeting on July 13th, 2016, as the Village of Chester’s representatives on the Joint Fire Advisory Committee:
The weekly collection of green bins in the Village of Chester will begin the week of June 7/16
and end the week of September 13/16
REMINDER The week of September 13/16 is the last of the weekly green bin pick up for this year.
At the close of Nomination Day (May 18/16 @ 5:00pm) two candidates had been officially nominated. We will be welcoming back Michael Heisler for his third term on the Commission and Tom Mulrooney for his second term. Sadly, we will be saying “so long” (and thank you) to Bill Nauss.
Because there were two vacancies and two candidates, there will be no need to hold an election, both having won by acclamation. The candidates will be declared elected at the first meeting of the Village of Chester following ordinary polling day. That meeting will be held on June 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Village office (27 Pleasant St) This is a meeting open to the public and when the Commissioners will be electing the Chair and Vice Chair. The Annual General Meeting will be held on May 25th @ 7pm at the St. Stephen’s Parish Hall on the corner of King and Regent Streets. The public is encouraged to attend.
Open link below to see what identification may be required in order to vote.
HAVE YOUR ID READY
There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting on May 2, 2016 @ 7:00pm to review the finished budget. The budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 11, 2016 regular meeting. Also to be discussed is the CRINS report that MODC has received.
The Village of Chester is seeking volunteers to serve on the Joint Fire Advisory Committee. Applicants must have a community interest in the Chester Fire Service. Terms of appointment are for 3 years. To find out more about the responsibilities of the committee and to fill out an application, please contact the Clerk, 27 Pleasant St., Chester, NS. 902-275-4482.. Committee appointments will be made by the Village of Chester Commission.
JOINT FIRE ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPLICATION
If you are able to serve on this Committee, please complete the attached application.
Nomination Day May 18, 2016
Advance Poll May 28, 2016
Election Day May 30, 2016
All candidates must complete a nomination paper and return it to the Village of Chester office at 27 Pleasant St before the 5:00 PM on May 18, 2016.
The Annual General Meeting of the Village of Chester will be held on May 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. Location is the St Stephen Hall on the corner of King and Regent. If there have been no nomination papers received, the Commission will be seeking nominations from the floor.
Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions. 902-275-4482
The Village of Chester Commissioners have been waiting on official word from the Department of Justice concerning release of the Inquiry Report. However, they accept the comments from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations quoted by the media and are there by releasing the report.
Redacted portion of the Inquiry from Page 27 relate to a medical condition that existed at that time and is not relevant to the report.
Inquiry under Section 12 of Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
There will be a COW meeting on Monday April 11, 2016.
All that will be discussed is the 2016-17 budget
The weekly green bin collection will end the week of September 22, 2015.
As of September 8, 2015, the Lido Pool will be closed for public swimming. We will see you in June 2016.
The Public Washrooms will remain opened from 8am to 8pm until November 11 @ 8pm.
The PUBLIC FORUM MEETING scheduled for August 26, 2015 has been CANCELLED.
Election of Chair and Vice Chair This item was postponed until later in the meeting.
The Chair of the Joint Fire Advisory Committee, Robb Manuel, was present as invited to speak with the Commission of its report. Commissioner Hatch declared her conflict as part of the Committee that is responsible for the report.
Mr. Manuel began by expressing his hope that the Commission has had enough to review the report and can hopefully make a decision tonight. He stated that after an orientation and visit to the Fire Hall, the Committee’s focus is on equipment replacement. After taking time to research whether there is a need for replacement, the rationalization is that there is a need because of providing support to both the Village residents as well as residents in the outside area. Also having a superior shuttle service benefits all residents by a reduced insurance rate. If we lose the rating, businesses and residents will experience an increase in insurance rates. With the potential for property loss in mind, the JFAC considers their recommendation to be well founded.
Dave Foley asked if VOC provided JFAC with resources and support during their deliberations. Mr. Manuel’s response was that the Clerk has been very helpful in getting them the information that they needed. Mr. Foley then asked if there was any way we could have better assisted you in your decision making such as provide an independent professional report. Mr. Manuel remarked that one thing noted was the absence of a long term plan. It may be helpful to have someone provide advice on what may be needed for a fire hall.
Mr. Foley also asked if during their deliberations if the Committee formed any opinions for the reason on the condition of the tanker. Mr. Manuel replied that they did ask questions but ultimately it was determined to me a “hard use” vehicle.
Mike Heisler asked Mr. Manuel to confirm that currently water will run out after 15 minutes and without the tanker that drops to 7 minutes. Mr. Manuel confirmed that to be accurate.
Tom Mulrooney asked where they sourced information on shuttle service insurance. Mr. Manuel sells insurance and they also got information on line.
Dave Foley asked if JFAC was presenting the same recommendation to MODC. Mr. Manuel confirmed that was correct and added that he will be recommending support for VOC. He stated that the Municipality cannot meet the FUS standard without the replacement tanker.
Tom Mulrooney recommended bringing in Terry Redden to determine if a truck is needed. Mr. Manuel objected to the Commission not accepting JFAC’s report, although he did admit that such a report would be helpful for future planning.
Mike Heisler felt that calling in John (Terry) Redden would be unnecessary. “ JFAC has made good points so why don’t we listen to them?”
Tom Mulrooney pointed out that like the Commissioners, the members of JFAC are not experts. Dave Foley stated that he wished to hear from MODC. He suggested the Clerk ask the CA what proposition she is prepared to take to council. Also what degree of participation they would have in a fire truck that benefits the entire Municipality. He went on to express his concerns over the needs assessment:
1. Should be higher testing threshold
2. Two week window insufficient for all residents to respond (ie. Snowbirds)
3. Ambiguous condition on project’s end (VOC should be part of decision process)
4. Will surveys be coded to ensure only one response per PID
5. Will survey be available on line
6. VOC will consider a maximum contribution of $30K or 50% of study cost (which ever is less)
7. Minimum of 3 quotes required.
Direction to the Clerk: To send Tammy Wilson an email tonight outlining these concerns that she can present to Council tomorrow.
Meetings and Proceedings Policy
Bill Zinck wished to have item 23 changed to read “The COW shall be chaired by any Commissioner other than the Chair of the Commission. The COW Chair should be a one year post. Once this change is made the Employee’s Handbook will be approved. The Commissioners Handbook will be discussed at the next COW on Dec 5/16.
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
An election was held to elect the Chair and Vice Chair. Bill Zinck nominated Dave Foley as Chair, he accepted. A show of hands proved all were in favor. Next Mike Heisler nominated Bill Zinck as Vice Chair. He accepted and again a show of hands proved all were in favor.
There were three calls for nominations for both the Chair and Vice Chair positions.
The meeting was adjourned by Tom Mulrooney at 8:50pm.
CONGRATULATIONS NANCY HATCH
You are our newest Commissioner
Thank you Darrell Tingley.
PLEASE NOTE: THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM FOR THIS WEEK ONLY.
• Election of the Chair and Vice Chair
• JFAC Report
• MODC – Needs Assessment
• Meeting protocol and policy manual
• DOTIR – Letter to Residents (time permitting)
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes
a) Oct 12th, 2016 – VOC Monthly minutes
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Business arising from previous Minutes
Meeting protocol and policy manual (Motion to accept)
Motion to approve Election Day By-Law amendment
a) Fire Chief’s Report
b) Financial Report
c) Clerk’s Report
6. NEW BUSINESS
a) DOTIR- Letter to Residents
b) JFAC – Recommendation re 1997 Tanker
7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
MODC Needs Assessment – Review of Scope