COUNCIL BRIEFS: Volunteer awards, tax exemptions, tournament grant and more

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Volunteers of the year. Kerry Gallant of Liverpool and Carolyn Conrad of Caledonia were named volunteers of the year. They will be invited to represent Region of Queens at the Provincial Volunteer Awards in Halifax April 9. The two were chosen by random draw from the names of Ripple Effect recipients.

Promotional booths. Council unanimously approved $3,640 to fund the operation of promotional booths at the April 20-22 Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax and the May 4-6 South Shore Expo in Liverpool.

Borrowing resolution for water and sewer work. Council unanimously approved a borrowing resolution for the municipality’s contribution to the recently completed Main and School Street project. The region is responsible for 25 per cent of the overall cost of the work. The municipality plans to borrow $530,000 over 10 years to pay for its share.

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Tax exemptions bylaw. Council gave first reading to a bylaw providing municipal tax exemptions to a wide range of non-profit organizations located throughout Queens County. Exempt status is given annually to a number of community halls, service organizations, athletic clubs and other non-profit groups. The municipal water utility is also exempt. The anticipated loss in tax revenue due to exemptions is expected to be $240,000 this year.

Tournament assistance grant. Council unanimously approved $500 in funding to the Western Hurricanes, who will host the 2018 Nova Scotia Major Bantam championships at Queens Place Emera Centre March 22-25.

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