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Drawing the Boundaries: CBRM Residents Asked to Cooperate in Overhauling Council Size and Districts

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SYDNEY, NSW — Cape Breton Local Authority is seeking input from residents as it considers the size and shape of its parliament.

On Monday, CBRM and the consultants it has hired to oversee the mandatory process will host a meeting at Center 200 from 6pm to 9pm to share information and discuss changes to the number of aldermen and electoral districts. Get feedback from the public on possible boundary changes. .

He is the longest-serving city councilor, and his 4th tenure on the 10th Ward Council. Darren Bruckschwaiger participates in the review that each municipality must undergo every eight years under the Municipality Act.

He said he hopes to divide CBRM into three districts, with three councilors elected to represent each, for a total of nine councilors and mayors.

“There will be three elections in three constituencies: North, Central and East, with three or four council members elected per district,” Bruckschweiger said. Year.

“It’s over. I’m not running anymore, so there’s nothing to gain or lose here. What I’m saying is, if you have three councilors in a department, make it nine It’s just that we’ve decided to cut back to 1. We currently only have 1 out of 12 council members, so I think we need one more staff member in the council office. But if we add one more staff, I think we can strike a pretty good balance.”

CBRM County. Darren Bruckschweiger:
CBRM County.Darren Bruckschweiger: “I’m done. I’m not running anymore, so I have nothing to gain or lose here.” File

“Underrated and Underrated”

Cyril MacDonald, representing a large rural district, said he was concerned that the cuts in the number of city council members would hit people who don’t live in city centers.

“The biggest message I’ve heard from residents is that they already feel undervalued and underheard and that if parliament’s size were to be further reduced or its boundaries adjusted, it would simply be an expression. A 3rd Ward Alderman, who lives in a 540-square-kilometer area from Grand Narrows to Georges River, said:

“I’m afraid the number of councils has gone down — I’ve heard the number 3 scattered about — which means it’s a big burden on individuals. I don’t think that’s the direction we should be looking, but that’s my opinion.”

CBRM County. Cyril McDonald:
CBRM County.Cyril McDonald: “The biggest message we’ve heard from residents is that they already feel undervalued and unheard.” Files


John Heseltine is a Senior Planner at Stantec, the company CBRM hired to conduct the $50,000 review. He said there is now an online survey — — where people can answer multiple questions about what the CBRM Council should look like in the future.

They will share some of the preliminary results of the survey at Monday’s open house before asking the public for feedback in a question-and-answer session.

He said the boundary review should be conducted in two stages. First, they decide on options for the size of the council, then try to establish district boundaries. Stantec said he plans to submit a final report in November. The CBRM Council will then vote on these recommendations and submit an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Meanwhile, Bruckschwaiger and MacDonald are asking the public to fill out a survey and attend Monday’s meeting.

“It is very important that the public needs to be involved and have a say in this,” said Bruckschweiger.

McDonald said this is an opportunity to help people decide how local governments will provide services in the future.

“We encourage all residents to voice their concerns, whether they are in favor of the reduction or not. Let us know what you think. We are allowing CBRM residents to direct this process. Yes, and we will speak up if necessary, but if our residents think our municipality can be handled with fewer legislators, we should. I want to hear the voices of the residents, so I want them to participate as much as possible and listen to their thoughts.”