Welcome to Council Highlights, a concise digest of newsworthy decisions and issues from Town of Lunenburg Council meetings. For a more detailed account of Council meetings check Council agendas and minutes on the Council Meetings page.

Jan. 24, 2023 

Read the full agenda package here. Typically a recording of each Council meeting is available on the TOL YouTube channel, however, due to technical challenges there is no recording of the Jan. 24, 2023 meeting. 

Council approves new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bylaw

The CAO is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Town. 

The bylaw establishes the position and confirms the administrative powers of the CAO. Some of those powers include entering contracts on behalf of the Town, establishing municipal departments, and determining the salaries of Town staff. 

This bylaw replaces the Town’s former Manager/Clerk Bylaw.

The bylaw will come into effect on Feb. 1, 2023 after its approval has been advertised in the LighthouseNow – this step is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). 

Read the full bylaw.

Council approves new Policy Development and Review Policy  

The purpose of this policy is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Council and Town staff for policy development, implementation, and review of policy effectiveness.

A policy is the commitment and direction of Council on items like governance, public service and municipal programs based on Council’s values, priorities and strategic direction.

All policies are approved by Council. Administrative Procedures, the operational requirements that allow staff to carry out Council’s policies, are approved by the CAO. 

Read the full policy

Council appoints new Lunenburg County Accessibility Advisory Committee (LCAAC) member 

Jeane Fay was appointed to the LCAAC for a three-year term. 

The LCAAC works with the Towns of Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Bridgewater and the Districts of Chester and Lunenburg to identify, prevent and eliminate barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities.

Council supports Economic Impact Study  

Council approved including $50,000 in the 2023/24 Draft Operating Budget for an economic impact study/analysis. 

The purpose of the study is to provide critical information on the economic contribution of ongoing activities within the Town and the local business sector. The study will also provide a better understanding of visitation numbers and tourism within the Town. 

Spending any money on an economic impact study/analysis cannot happen until the full 2023/24 Operating Budget is approved. The draft budget will be presented for Council’s consideration in the coming months. 

Council also directed staff to secure $50,000 in matching funding from non-town sources before moving ahead with the study. The study is expected to cost $75,000. Staff are applying for grants to help fund the remaining $25,000 for this project.