No change soon to Veterans Drive

Community

PICTOU — Part of Veterans Drive will remain one-way, northbound for the foreseeable future.

Town council once again tabled what changes may be made to the road until its next regular council meeting on December 17, but the portion of the road between Dunromin Terrace and the Pictou Legion will be one-way until those changes are implemented.

Council is giving staff and its traffic authority time to propose recommendations to restore the entire road to two-way traffic with some restrictions.

Council’s general thrust is to use calming measures to reduce speed by motorists to make Veterans Drive safer for pedestrians. Options include rumble strips, raised strips, a three-way stop where the road intersects Dunromin, a reduced speed zone, parking only on the east side of Veterans Drive to allow pedestrian use on the west side and possibly widening Veterans Drive.

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REMUNERATION

Council is dealing with a change in how its remuneration is taxed.

The Canada Revenue Agency wants to tax all stipends council members receive instead of a portion of them.

“This is money being taken from the town by the federal government,” Mayor Jim Ryan said. “We want to make sure future councils are treated fairly.”

The options are to raise the remuneration to compensate for the higher tax, raise the expense level or leave the stipends unchanged.

Staff was asked to report on the matter in the New Year.

EXPENSES

The town will be posting council members’ and staff expenses on line shortly.

It will comply with changes in the Municipal Government Act requiring the expenses to be posted. The idea is to post them quarterly, with the first installment scheduled for June.

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TOWER

Eastlink wants to erect a communications tower behind the town’s public works building.

Council agreed to have an Eastlink representation appear to explain the company’s plans.