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UPDATE - Windsor, West Hants begin survey rollout for council size, boundaries

Members of the Windsor-West Hants Transition Committee, include, from left: West Hants deputy warden Paul Morton, Windsor Mayor Anna Allen, transition co-ordinator Kevin Latimer, West Hants Warden Abraham Zebian and Windsor deputy mayor Laurie Murley.
Members of the Windsor-West Hants Co-ordinating Committee, include, from left: West Hants deputy warden Paul Morton, Windsor Mayor Anna Allen, transition co-ordinator Kevin Latimer, West Hants Warden Abraham Zebian and Windsor deputy mayor Laurie Murley. - Colin Chisholm

WINDSOR, N.S. – Residents of Windsor and West Hants will soon be asked to give their thoughts on where the electoral boundaries should lie in a combined municipality, and just how many councillors should represent them.

Five public meetings pertaining to the size of council — the number of councillors citizens will be voting for in the next election — begin on Jan. 29 in Avondale and wrap up on Feb. 7 in Falmouth.

The next slate of public meetings revolves around the district boundaries and the communities those councillors will ultimately represent.

There will be 10 meetings in total, split between council size and boundary layout, spread out across Windsor and West Hants.

All meetings start with an open house at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m.

Residents will be asked for their opinions on what they’re like to see in terms of the new council’s size and how the district boundaries should be laid out.

Council size meetings:

Jan. 29

Avondale Community Hall

50 Avondale Cross Rd., Avondale

Jan. 30

Brooklyn Civic Centre

995 Hwy 215, Brooklyn

Jan. 31

Southwest Hants Fire Hall

1884 Hwy 14, Vaughan

Feb. 5

Hants County War Memorial Community Centre

78 Thomas St., Windsor

Feb. 6

Snow date for the first four meetings if missed

West Hants Municipal Office

76 Morison Dr., Wentworth Creek

Feb. 7

Falmouth Community Hall

147 Falmouth Back Rd., Falmouth

Feb. 13

Snow date for Feb. 7 meeting if missed

West Hants Municipal Office

76 Morison Dr., Wentworth Creek

District boundaries meetings:

March 5

Three Mile Plains Community Hall

4474 Hwy 1, Three Mile Plains

March 6

Hantsport Baptist Church Hall

28 Main St., Hantsport

March 7

Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School

75 Musgrave Rd., Summerville

March 13

Ardoise Community Recreation Centre

3 School House Rd., Ardoise

March 14

Hants County War Memorial Community Centre

78 Thomas St., Windsor

March 19

Snow date

West Hants Municipal Office

76 Morison Dr., Wentworth Creek

An online and mail-in survey is also being conducted in tandem.

Paper copies of the survey are available at both the Windsor Town Office at 100 King St., Windsor or the West Hants Municipal Office at 76 Morison Dr., Wentworth Creek.

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Feedback from the residents of the region will be compiled into a report by Stantec Consulting, which is conducting the governance review, and will present its findings to the Windsor West Hants Co-ordinating Committee.

One or more recommendations will be considered by the co-ordinating committee to vote on. Or, the committee may chose their own model and submit that to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which ultimately decides on electoral boundaries.

Stantec will present its recommendations on potential council size to the co-ordinating committee in February. The recommendations will be based on survey responses, input from the public meetings and consultation with the current councils and staff.

The co-ordinating committee will determine a potential council size or sizes to be used in the boundary determination phase.

The new electoral boundaries will be used in the March 7, 2020 municipal election, which will decide the new council for a combined Windsor-West Hants municipality.

The new municipal government will take effect on April 1, 2020.

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