Cumberland Wants Focus on Fire Services
Cumberland Municipal Council continues to look at big ticket items to find taxpayer savings. Waste collection and disposal, police and fire services, and the size of council still top the list.
Council settled on reducing the number of electoral districts to eight seats from thirteen and that decision is working its way through approval from the province.
Council has debated the other subjects over the last nine months but without meaningful decisions.
However, there is action behind the scenes, as a police service review is now underway and it was noted last night that councillors are expecting action in the fire service.
The council met in private with the county’s fire chiefs last November and they are looking for a report from the fire service coordinator, Mike Carter.
Deputy Warden Ernie Gilbert said he wanted an update on ways the county can help local fire departments.
Councillor Joe van Vulpen said there were some recommendations made in the meeting with the chiefs and he worried there had been nothing done since. Van Vulpen asked for a detailed report from the fire coordinator and it was agreed that a report should be presented at the next council meeting.
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