The Possibility of Consolidation in Yarmouth County has ended for the foreseeable future.
Thursday, February 27th, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S. – After learning on Tuesday that the Municipality of Argyle would not take the next step toward consolidation, Council of Municipality of the District of Yarmouth (MODY) delivered another no to consolidation. Councillors voted 5-2 against a motion to move ahead with the Town of Yarmouth on consolidation with only Councillors Trevor Cunningham and Patti Durkee voting in favour. Defeat of the motion effectively ends the possibility of consolidation in Yarmouth County for the foreseeable future.
Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood and all five councillors present at the February 13th council meeting voted in favour of moving forward with the process of consolidation with one or more of its municipal partners, citing a variety of positives for all Yarmouth County residents.
“While the Town is ready to move forward, we understand this is a negotiation with our partners and everyone has a different level of comfort and understanding,” said Mayor Pam Mood.” The Province has been nothing but transparent and tremendously supportive throughout this process, which began late summer. It has been clear from the beginning this is in our hands. The important work we are undertaking is to solidify the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of southwestern Nova Scotia for our children and grand children. The status quo will not get us there. We will not get those things most important to our citizens including the Mariners Center expansion, a new aquatic facility and more, unless we become one voice.”
Mood added “we still go forward together and continue to provide services for all residents of Yarmouth County. Many of our key intermunicipal agreements are up for renewal. Without our partners willing to consolidate and remove the tremendously time and labour-intensive need to continually negotiate and renew these complicated agreements, our focus will shift to ensure our number one priority is getting fair and equitable arrangements for taxpayers within the Town of Yarmouth.”
Deputy Mayor Phil Mooney, who had also hoped for a yes vote from MODY, said “In the meantime, it's business as usual. We had hoped for a way to simplify decisions and establish more fairness and equity when it comes to delivering services and funding larger projects, but we still have 27 agreements. Most are in the process of being renegotiated. In the present situation, we pay more than our share in delivering services. We’ve made the status quo too attractive and we will need to fix that going forward.”
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