Councillors plan to take budget meetings to smaller communities

February 7, 2013

Annual meetings offer opportunity to reach out to all corners of the municipality
SYDNEY, NS – Several CBRM councillors are already making plans to bring annual budget meetings to other communities in their districts in the coming years.

This year's meetings are scheduled in each of the 12 districts. To reach even more people with the budget workshops, many CBRM councillors will rotate the annual meetings around their district.


All residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are encouraged to attend a meeting in their own district to participate in the planning and priority-setting for the region's $137 million budget

District 2 Councillor Charlie Keagan is hosting this year's meeting in North Sydney on Sunday, February 10, but plans to hold meetings in Bras d'Or and Millville in the years ahead.

Darren Bruckschwaiger, District 10 Councillor, posted his plans on his Facebook page

"It is planned that these type meetings will happen every year prior to budget discussions. I will be spreading these meeting around over the four-year term. This year it will be held in Dominion on February 17th, year two in Gardiner Mines, year three in Glace Bay and year four in Reserve Mines."

Councillors Mae Rowe, Ivan Doncaster, Lowell Cormier and Claire Detheridge also plan to move the meetings around their districts.
George MacDonald, Councillor for District 9, is looking forward to the meeting at the Glace Bay Fire Hall on February 17th, and hopes to have next year's meeting at the fire hall in Reserve Mines

Each meeting is attended by Mayor Cecil Clarke and Interim CAO Marie Walsh.

The budget meetings in the districts run from February 10 to March 3. The schedule is available on the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca. Following these meetings, there will be a two day event in Council Chambers with various community and non-profit groups.

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Sunday, February 10 – District 1: Sydney Mines Fire Hall at 3:00 pm "POSTPONED"
Sunday, February 10 – District 2: North Sydney Fire Hall at 6:30 pm "POSTPONED"
Monday, February 11 – District 3: Georges River Fire Hall at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 12 – District 4: Dobson Yacht Club at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 13 – District 6: St. Theresa's Hall at 6:30 pm
Thursday, February 14 – District 7: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 151 on Kings Road, Howie Centre at 6:30 pm
Sunday, February 17 – District 10: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78, Dominion at 3pm "POSTPONED"
Sunday, February 17 – District 9: Glace Bay Fire Hall at 7:00 pm "POSTPONED"
Monday, February 25 – District 11: Scotchtown Fire Hall at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 26 – District 8: Albert Bridge Fire Hall at 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 3 – District 5: Civic Centre Community Room at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 3 – District 12: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128, Whitney Pier at 7:00 pm