Max Taylor, the Mayor of St. Jacques-Coomb’s Cove and the Chair of the Coast of Bays Joint Mayors’ Committee, said that the committee will continue to address some serious issues facing the region in 2013.
He said that the Joint Mayors’ Committee is a positive force for the region as was proven in its lobbying to have a dialysis unit put in place at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Care Clinic in Harbour Breton
Taylor said that, with the phasing out of the Coast of Bays Corporation by mid-year, the Committee has filed papers to have the Joint Mayors’ Committee incorporated.
Taylor said, “A number of mayors have approached their councils to recommend that they find some money so that we can put some form of support staff in place to help all councils with various projects.
“Once council funds are in place we can then apply for matching funds to possibly hire support staff. With the given turnover in council members and the demands placed on councils today to develop economic plans, emergency preparedness plans and sustainability plans, it’s important that we have knowledgeable people to help incoming councils in 2013 and in the future.”
Taylor said that the Committee has made representation with the provincial Department of Transportation and Works to continue with capping projects on Route 360 in 2013.
“The Committee will definitely stay on top of this issue,” Taylor said, “especially in light of the heavy traffic on the highway due to the evolving of the aquaculture industry in the area.”
Apparently, funding can cover 5 km of capping to every km of upgrading and paving.
Taylor said that mayors met with Central Health CEO Karen McGrath recently to express concerns about primary health care concerns in the area and will keep on top of this issue in 2013.
He said that local road ambulance services in the Coast of Bays have seen major improvements in recent years and the Committee will help to make sure that the developments continue to improve and expand.
Taylor said that four of the 22 provincial community based ambulance services are located in the Coast of Bays and, for the first time ever, all services have two paramedics with one paramedic being available for every trip.
The provincial government said on December 28 that the review of the Provincial Ambulance Program is moving forward with the start of the targeted consultation process.
This consultation process will allow stakeholders and the public to provide input and ideas about what could and should change to support a more effective and efficient ambulance program.
Taylor said that the community based ambulance services have already sent their opening packages for a new ambulance agreement to government already while the private services have yet to complete this process.
2013 Municipal Elections
Taylor said that he is concerned that the upcoming municipal elections may not see a full slate of residents coming out in some communities to fill council seats.
He said that he will not be running for council in 2013 although he would be willing to help the new council in any way possible if asked for assistance by the councillors.
Taylor said, “I’ve been mayor of St. Jacques-Coomb;’s Cove for nearly 20 years of the Town’s 40-year incorporation. It’s time now for some younger people to come forward with new ideas, new enthusiasm and new energy.”
He said that young residents who work and plan to stay in the Coast of Bays should seriously consider getting involved in municipal politics in 2013.