On behalf of my eleven fellow councillors, myself and our valued staff, I welcome all the residents of rural Pictou County and any visitors to our refurbished and hopefully greatly improved website.
One of your Council’s major objectives is to better communicate with you as to what activities are happening at Council as well as across our rural municipality. This includes what is happening at our Council meetings along with the many events taking place every day in the small and large communities from River John to Lismore and all points between. This will include a social media presence and hopefully televising of our meetings. Of course, you’re always welcome to attend our monthly Council meeting and committee meetings in person. We want to hear your points of view in person or online.
As your Warden, I am excited by a number of new ventures about to be launched over the next few months. One I’ve already mentioned is a greatly improved communications strategy with you, the residents and newcomers wishing to become part time or full time residents in beautiful rural Pictou County.
Another big one is a new Rural Connectivity Strategy looking at the best and most affordable ways to greatly improve high speed internet and cellular services to as many as possible in our rural service area. Council has taken some first steps through our Communications Committee, recognizing this will be a multiyear project working with other levels of government and the private sector.
Along with the other five municipalities, we are about to launch the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (REN), whose main goals will be to create new employment in our County; while also working with existing employers to facilitate them to stay and hopefully increase employment at their local shops, be they big or small. We need them all! The Board of Directors of the RENS will be local business and community people providing oversight to the organization.
We still have some challenges to face in our County over the coming year including healthcare, caring for our environment, increasing our own local food production and more but we have much to be hopeful and thankful for. Your Council will be working diligently to meet the challenges so that all who wish to, can live and prosper in a friendly rural Pictou County.