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Co-ordinating Committee likely to decide on Windsor-West Hants electoral boundaries April 15

West Hants Coun. Rupert Jannasch, left and transition co-ordinator Kevin Latimer chat during a public meeting in Summerville.
West Hants Coun. Rupert Jannasch, left and transition co-ordinator Kevin Latimer chat during a public meeting in Summerville. - Colin Chisholm
WINDSOR, N.S. —

The town of Windsor and municipality of West Hants are now less than a year away from consolidating into one regional government. 

There’s still a long way to go, but Kevin Latimer, the transition coordinator with the Co-ordinating Committee, said they’ve already hit some pretty big milestones leading up to the consolation deadline of April 1, 2020.

“I really think we’ve made good progress so far, three months into our mandate,” he said. “Based on what we’ve managed to accomplish so far, I feel that we’ve made really strong progress.”

The Co-ordinating Committee, established via legislation from the province, has two members from Windsor council and two from West Hants, as well as alternates. They also have a multi-million dollar budget to make the whole process work.

Three major requests for proposals have been signed off on by the committee, retaining the services of three firms for an HR inventory, a public communications strategy and a chief administrative officer executive search.

The HR component will allow the committee to identify the best ways to bring the town and municipality’s two workforces under one roof.

The Co-ordinating Committee awarded the RFP to Gerald Walsh and Associates Inc. for a $118,125 plus HST bid for the Human Resources Analysis.

They also approved $25,010 plus HST to retain Organizational Consulting Limited (OCL) as the recruitment search company to find an ideal candidate as CAO for the new regional municipality.

And finally the committee secured Prime Creative as the successful proponent for the communications strategy with a bid of $30,950.

The Co-Ordinating Committee’s budget comes from the province.

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John Heseltine from Stantec has also concluded his work on governance review and will be presenting his report and recommendations to the committee on April 15, when the committee is expected to decide on the number of councillors the new regional government will have, and what the boundaries of those districts will be.

For months Stantec has been gathering public feedback on what they’d like to see an elected regional government look like.

Once that’s decided, the proposal will be sent to the NSUARB for final approval.

The committee has also opted for paper ballot only during the election, meaning residents won’t be able to cast their votes online in the next election.

The next Co-ordinating Committee meeting is set for April 15.

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