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More Than One Way to Skin a Radio

More Than One Way to Skin a Radio

More Than One Way to Skin a Radio

More Than One Way to Skin a Radio

A temporary outage on the servers for Six Rivers News caused an unexpected problem for Six Rivers Radio yesterday.
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NSP Boss Personally Thanks Firefighters

NSP Boss Personally Thanks Firefighters

NSP Boss Personally Thanks Firefighters

NSP Boss Personally Thanks Firefighters

The Chief Operating Officer of Nova Scotia Power is crossing the province to personally thank firefighters for their above-and-beyond service during and after Hurricane Fiona.
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Cumberland Responds to Extended Storm Needs

Cumberland Responds to Extended Storm...

Cumberland Responds to Extended Storm Needs

Cumberland Responds to Extended Storm Needs

Cumberland County set-up a contact line to help people without power connect with emergency services provided by the military and the Department of Natural Resources.
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Motorcycle Crash Claims a Life in Wentworth

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Motorcycle Crash Claims a Life in Wentworth

Motorcycle Crash Claims a Life in Wentworth

A man from River Philip died yesterday when he lost control of his motorcycle on Highway 4 in West Wentworth.
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Oxford Council Has Its Plate Full of Issues

Oxford Council Has Its Plate Full of...

Oxford Council Has Its Plate Full of Issues

Oxford Council Has Its Plate Full of Issues

Oxford Town Council pulled double-duty last evening, with back-to-back sessions at Town Hall.
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Amherst High-tech Peek at Water Supply

Amherst High-tech Peek at Water Supply

Amherst High-tech Peek at Water Supply

Amherst High-tech Peek at Water Supply

A remote operated vehicle (ROV) took a dip inside the town’s water tanks for a required inspection.
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Vandals Strike Oxford Fire Training Facility

Vandals Strike Oxford Fire Training...

Vandals Strike Oxford Fire Training Facility

Vandals Strike Oxford Fire Training Facility

Every community has its share of n’er-do-wells. The latest to rear their ugly side have impacted Oxford, and in particular, its volunteer fire department. 
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Troops Assist Cumberland Storm Clean-up

Troops Assist Cumberland Storm Clean-up

Troops Assist Cumberland Storm Clean-up

Troops Assist Cumberland Storm Clean-up

The Province is sending military and Natural Resources personnel to Cumberland County to help with the Hurricane Fiona clean-up.

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County Looks to One Municipality for Future
Bill Martin
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County Looks to One Municipality for Future

If Cumberland Council agrees with a consultant’s recommendation, Springhill could become the seat of municipal government.

The Cox and Palmer report was tabled at today’s county council meeting. Known as the “Clear the Decks” project, the goal was to rethink Cumberland as One Municipality rather than the municipality with two former towns.

The report addresses concern that Cumberland never did appreciate all the ramifications of the dissolution of the two towns — Springhill and Parrsboro. Folding those communities into a rural structure presented many challenges that were made more so by changing times and greater demands from taxpayers and senior levels of government.

Council was concerned there were three municipal service centres, multiple public works facilities, three independent water systems, and worse, the perception of three separate municipalities.

Sensing the One Municipality concept would lead to efficiency and more effective services in a more fair and modern municipal unit, council commissioned the study to clear all past thinking and design a plan that would allow Cumberland to better serve its residents and taxpayers.

Mayor Murray Scott says, “If we were ever going to be successful, we needed to stop being the municipalities of Cumberland and become the Municipality of Cumberland.” Scott added, “This review lays the foundation for that transformation.”

Kevin Latimer, the chief author of the report, walked council through the study and its ten, broad recommendations and three conclusions.

Latimer says the current Springhill service centre should serve as the municipality’s central administration building, home to the Chief Administrative Officer and the senior management staff.

The report suggests the service centre in Upper Nappan should be re-purposed for administrative staff and the public face of the county administration.

A recently refurbished service centre in Parrsboro should be replaced by a storefront office.

The report also calls for a similar storefront presence in Pugwash which presently relies on the Village of Pugwash to be the local political focus.

The report suggests a consolidated senior management team coalesce around the CAO in Springhill. A change in the organizational structure should focus on the end users — citizens and municipal employees.

Referring to taxes, the report suggests fairness among taxpayers. There should be a rural tax rate for the basic services and a suburban tax rate for those who receive a higher level of service.

The report also suggests sweeping changes in bylaws to ensure that they are consistent across the county. The county began addressing that recently and tonight began the process to create a single water utility to replace the three independent utilities in Parrsboro, Springhill, and Pugwash. The plan calls for one water utility with the same rates and metred consumption.

Latimer said, “The result of this One Municipality effort will be service delivery standards that are understood across the Municipality.” He added, “Regardless of where you live in Cumberland County, residents will receive timely and predictable access to municipal administration and public works and engineering services. Cumberland will have a plan for the future.”

Council accepted the report and referred it to Greg Herrett, the county’s CAO, to study with staff and comeback with details on how the county can make best use of the recommendations. Council wants to deal with the plan in January.

Mayor Murray Scott will be a guest on Thursday’s Morning Talk on Six Rivers Radio to discuss the One Municipality. Listen at 9:05.

The photo shows Kevin Latimer —left— addressing council on the One Municipality report.

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Cumberland residents without power are urged to call 902-667-2313 at the County office to request help from the military and Natural Resources personnel who are working to clear trees and debris.

Wednesday, October 5th at 10:30 am

All comfort centres are now closed.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to a recent show from our archive.

Friday, October 7, 2022 9:05 AM

Cumberland Mayor Murray Scott is on Morning Talk  to chat about issues in and around Cumberland County. Listen at 9:05.

Saturday, October 8, 2022 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town a unique show featuring traditional East Coast music airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, October 9, 2022 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, a compilation of the newsmakers from this week on Six Rivers Radio. Listen at 9:00 o'clock for the full story and background wrapped into one. It is aired on all three stations of the Six Rivers Radio Network.

Sunday, October 9, 2022 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 9:05 AM

Cumberland Mayor Murray Scott is on Morning Talk every Thursday to chat about issues in and around Cumberland County. Listen at 9:05.

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Events This Week

Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, October 8, 2022 3:00 PM

The Peace Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash is hosting Chase the Ace every Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, October 9, 2022 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

Sunday, October 9, 2022 3:00 PM

Yoga is held every Sunday at 3 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Monday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

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