Caught between a rock and a hard place regarding the ongoing library site debate, Truro town council had little room to manoeuvre this week.
The preferred choice for the town’s library site selection committee members – Mayor Bill Mills, and councillors Brian Kinsman and Tom Chisholm – is clearly the former Normal College in the heart of the downtown.
But the town can’t move ahead with this option because Colchester County’s committee members favour the former hat factory/bowling alley near the corner of Prince and Willow streets.
This led to some whispers recently about the town making a unilateral decision to relocate the library without the county’s financial support. Mills quite wisely poured water on that idea, however, citing the increased tax burden it would create.
So to better gauge the public mood, an open meeting will be held Sept. 23 at the Truro fire hall that will no doubt be better attended than the three local election debates scheduled for the same week.
Supporters for both sites have been very vocal in the last couple of years via opinion pieces, emails, telephone calls, polls and letters to the editor.
In fact, a good argument could be made that the selection process would have been much better served if public meetings were held long before this.
Oh well, better late than never.
We welcome this important addition to the on-going library debate and hope it helps bring about a quick resolution to the current impasse.
Given this area’s close connection with the railroad, we love the trackless train proposal that landed before Truro town council this week.
The locomotive, which would run on electricity or gas, would be used in parades here and other communities to advertise Truro, and also be used for sightseeing tours.
And the price tag, possibly as low as $19,000, would be more than offset by its promotional value. At least that’s the pitch.
Hey, Halifax has Theodore Tugboat. Why not the Colchester Choo Choo for Truro?