Springhill citizens call for finance report, public meeting

Christopher Gooding
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Decision for dissolution still not sitting well

SPRINGHILL – Pressure is mounting for the Town of Springhill to open its books to the public and outline why the town is applying for dissolution.

A concerned citizens group was formed Sunday, including former Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott, whose objective is to gain information on the financial situation of Springhill and have it shared with the public.

The group issued a press release Monday to announce its agenda before Scott met with Springhill Mayor Max Snow. Following that meeting, Scott said he felt positive and hopeful mayor and council will do more to inform its citizens.

“We met with the mayor today to let him know we need to get the information from them to the public. It was a really good meeting. We met for two hours. I felt it was a good meeting.”

Scott says he felt a public meeting explaining the town’s financial situation and what happened to Springhill appears to be in the works. Scott says the concerned citizens committee will also call on John Leefe, the transition coordinator appointed by the province to handle the town’s dissolution into the Municipality of Cumberland County, to reinforce the need for the public meeting.

“This is vital for the community,” Scott said.

The decision to form the committee, Scott said, comes a week after his letter to The Citizen-Record calling for more transparency on the town’s financial situation. Moving from writing letters to becoming involved with a committee was a result of the public calling on him to help take action.

“I’ve had a tremendous amount of contact with people over the phone, in person, at my place,” Scott said. “We wanted an organized vehicle to approach the mayor and council with and attempt to get the information for the public, not just us.”

In it's Monday press release, the committee says it wants to clear the air and remove any doubt about how the decision to dissolve the town came about.

“We will all better understand the financial situation the Town of Springhill faces when we have the opportunity to hear the facts and be actively involved in discussions,” the release stated. “This openness will help to dispel many misunderstandings and misconceptions which presently exist in our community.”

As it stands, Scott thinks there may still be hope for the town and turning things around financially, but that depends on what the finances look like.

"There was a comment made online that it would take a miracle to save Springhill. Well, miracles have happened in Springhill before."

Mayor Snow was contacted by The Citizen-Record on Monday following the meeting, but the mayor refused to make any comments.

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County

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