Council notes: Cell tower plans, new municipal auditors, familiar name gets WRHA nod

By Observer Staff

The following briefs are from the Oct. 23 meeting of Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) council.

Cell tower on Meadow Pond Lane property: Council unanimously supported a proposal from Eastlink to erect a new cellular telecommunications tower at 119 Meadow Pond Lane in Liverpool. The proposed 61-metre tower would have six antennas and be located on a 95m x 95m leased area on the property. Council documents described the leased area as “undeveloped” and “wooded.” A public hearing on the matter is expected to be held Nov. 27.

New municipal auditors: Following a request for proposals for RQM auditing services, council voted to award a one-year, $19,500 contract to Grant Thornton, a national accounting firm with offices in Bridgewater. Councillor Brian Fralic opposed the motion, arguing in favour of the other applicant, Belliveau Veinotte Inc. That firm, which bid $21,000 for 2018/19, was RQM’s auditor the last three years. The new contract with Grant Thornton is renewable for two one-year terms at the sole discretion of the municipality.

Nominee for Western Regional Housing Authority: Council unanimously recommended Scott Costen, editor of the Queens Observer, as the second of two RQM representatives on the board of the Western Regional Housing Authority (WRHA). Costen was the only applicant for the position. Council’s recommendation is subject to provincial approval. (NOTE: As a result of this recommendation, the Observer will no longer report or comment on any issues pertaining to the WRHA or Housing Nova Scotia.)

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  1. Three comments Scott: Congratulations on your appointment to W.R.H.A., there appears to be a great deal of one person applicants, and or nominees in the region of late. Grant Thornton is a good choice for municipal auditor, the great thing about tendering for services, the best price, but not the only criteria for sure. So, is the Region of Queens retained legal services tendered as well ? . I some how doubt if it is, but I could be wrong.

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