Frank, open discussion is needed

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A roundtable discussion here next week featuring the heads of our three municipalities and First Nations chief is bound to attract some attention.

While networking among the town of Truro, Town of Stewiacke Colchester County and Millbrook First Nations is not uncommon, all four of these leaders coming together for a  “frank and open discussion” is not a regular occurrence.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Mayor’s Breakfast on April 16 at the Glengarry, supported by sponsors from the business community.

In a recent news release, chamber president Stephanie Jones said they see this event as an opportunity for the mayors and Chief Gloade to set priorities for the coming year. It will also be an opportunity for the leaders to receive instant feedback from the business community.

It’s is expected that taxes, regional co-operation and the recently released Ivany report will dominate the morning’s question and answer session.

Another pressing issue we would not be surprised to see broached during the meeting, is the stunning deficit of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

This facility is a great asset in the community with huge potential but its budgeted deficits of more than $700,000 for the past two years is also a grave concern.

The county and town are equally responsible for making up those losses though tax dollars.

Earlier this month Colchester County council rejected an invitation from the town of Truro to meet for a discussion about this year’s projected six-figure budget deficit at the civic centre.

The deficit was such a concern for some Truro councillors that two members said they would not support the budget because a large deficit had been estimated for the second straight year.

There is strength in numbers and networking provides great opportunities to build on each other’s ideas to chart a course for the future.

It is inspiring to see the most powerful elected officials in the county coming together with our First Nations to talk about the future.

We look forward to hearing their points of view on local issues affecting everyone in the area.

Organizations: Millbrook First Nations, Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, Rath Eastlink Community Centre Colchester County council

Geographic location: Truro, Stewiacke Colchester

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