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Review of June 2, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement and a moment of silence in honour of the 215 indigenous children whose remains were discovered at the Kamloops Residential School.

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Flags at half mast May 31

Flags at our municipal buildings will be flown at half mast starting May 31st in memory of the 215 children whose bodies were found buried at the site of a former residential school in British Columbia.

Municipality of Cumberland Council approves capital budget

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland has approved the first capital budget of their four-year term. The $6.7 million budget for 2021/22 is funded with a combination of general revenues and reserves, area rates, and provincial and federal funding such as the Canada Community Building Fund (CCBF) formerly known as the Gas Tax Fund.

“Our capital budget focuses on investing in critical infrastructure while being fiscally responsible,” said Mayor Murray Scott. “We see projects focused on maintaining our infrastructure so that residents can continue to depend on the services their municipality provides.”

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Municipality of Cumberland approves 2021/22 operating budget

Municipal Council approved a $31 million operating budget for 2021/2022 at a special council meeting May 27, 2021. The operating budget is an overall increase of 4.1% over last year and is in addition to a $6.7 million capital budget. There are no increases to the general tax rate for 2021/2022.

“Council and I are proud to have a budget that upholds services our residents depend on, while maintaining the general tax rate,” said Mayor Murray Scott. “The capital budget focuses on critical infrastructure, our operating budget enhances the lives of our residents and keeps businesses viable.”

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Municipality of Cumberland makes organizational changes

The Municipality of Cumberland has undergone organizational changes to streamline and reorient the operations of the Municipality.

“The organizational changes being made today will position the Municipality of Cumberland to better address the efficient provision of municipal services and the priorities of council in a financially sustainable way,” said CAO Greg Herrett.

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Low-risk exposure in municipal building - Springhill

The Municipality has been advised of a low-risk potential COVID-19 exposure at the Municipal Building at 43 Main Street in Springhill on May 14.

Municipal offices in the building had been previously closed to the public for a number of weeks due to the ongoing pandemic and with this potential exposure, the municipal offices have been closed until staff working there can be tested. This closure is out of an abundance of caution and there has been no Public Health order to close any section of the building. All staff working in the building since May 14th have been advised to seek a test for COVID-19. As this has been deemed to be a low-risk exposure by Public Health, there is no requirement for these staff members to self isolate. They will be self monitoring for symptoms until May 28th.

Once test results from all potentially impacted personnel have been received, the municipality will reassess the status of the municipal offices in the building.

“The health and safety of our employees is one of our top priorities,” CAO Greg Herrett said. “With that in mind, earlier today we advised all municipal staff in all of our facilities, county wide, that we would provide paid time off to get COVID-19 tests and vaccines. We encourage all employers to do the same, the health of our communities may depend on it.”

Mayor Murray Scott has been in touch with the regional leadership at Public Health to ask that clear lines of communication between Public Health and the community be established immediately with respect to the reported case.

“I have asked that testing be made available in Springhill and have offered the municipality’s assistance with both facilities and volunteers,” Scott said.

 

Review of May 19, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

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Review of May 5, 2021 Public Council Meeting

Council of the Municipality of Cumberland met via zoom for a Public Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

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