Council gets it right
Good to see Colchester County council overturn an earlier vote and stick with pay raises for the mayor, deputy mayor and councillors as recommended by an independent consultant. This eliminates an additional $10,000 raise for the mayor, which had been recommended by a four-member council executive committee, on which the mayor was a voting member. Bad optics even if it was deserved. In the future, council would also do well to ensure raises only come into effect after the next election.
Sad to see another of downtown Truro’s statues disappear, a victim of time and weather. This time is was the iconic Bearcat, which had stood in front of Arlington Place on Prince Street for 12 years. Of the 43 sculptures originally carved out of Dutch elm trees in the late 1990s and 2000s, only 17 remain on display. Enjoy them while they last.
Man with a vision
A supposed lack of vision in Truro is a common complaint. Don’t tell that to local developer Jon Keddy, however. He’s the man who wants to transform the old Walker’s building on Prince Street into 15 New York-loft style residential units on the upper two floors with commercial retail space on the ground floor. This exciting project would be a major boost for the downtown and we can’t wait to see the end result.
What’s the hold up?
Not sure how long it takes to install a plaque but nearly two years seems a long time to inform passers-by about the history behind six huge concrete panels now located along the Cobequid Trail behind the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. Once part of the infamous Berlin Wall, the panels could now be mistaken for the exterior of a burnt-out building and that was surely not the intent when they were moved to the trail from downtown Truro in 2011.
Hat’s off to hammer thrower Kayla Gallagher of Truro Heights who captured a bronze medal at the Pan-American Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia. Our early choice as this year’s female athlete of the year for Colchester County.