Back row L-R: Councillor Rod Gilroy, Councillor Fred Gould, Councillor Kathy Redmond, Councillor Carrie Goodwin, Councillor Angela McCormick, Deputy Mayor Mark Joseph
Front row L-R: CAO Greg Herrett, Councillor Jennifer Houghtailing, Mayor Murray Scott, Municipal Clerk Shelley Hoeg-Eaton, Councillor Dale Porter
Council represents the views of citizens while mediating between conflicting interests in the community, making choices between tax rates and levels of services, and determining priorities for the allocation of resources. All decisions of council in the exercise of its powers and duties are made by resolution, Policies & By-laws. The powers and duties of the Municipality (its jurisdiction and mandate) are specifically assigned in the Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act and relate to such things as sewage collection and treatment, solid waste collection, recovery and disposal, fire protection service, policing, land use planning, emergency measures, recreation, street lighting, building inspection, canine control, economic and community development, and bylaw enforcement. Council also acts as an advocate on other public issues of community interest that may not be within their formal mandate.
Councillors are also considered Commissioners of Oath. Under the Municipal Government Act, Councillors, while in office, may administer oaths and take and receive legal affidavits, declarations, and affirmations within Nova Scotia, to be used within Nova Scotia.
The public expects the highest standards of professional conduct from Members elected to local government. The purpose of pdf Code of Conduct for Elected Municipal Officials (156 KB) is to establish guidelines for the ethical and interpersonal conduct of Members of Council (“Members”). The Council is answerable to the community through democratic processes and this Code will assist in providing for the good government of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.
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