O’LEARY -- O’Leary Community Council passed a motion during its regular monthly meeting Thursday to apply to the Department of Municipal Affairs for town status.
The history-making motion was made by Blake Adams and seconded by Carol Ferguson, and passed unanimously.
Before it passed, however, councilor Marvin MacDonald said some residents had asked him to make sure shifting to town would not make O’Leary responsible for its street maintenance and snow-clearing cost.
Council chair Stanley MacDonald said officials with Municipal Affairs have already given assurances that the Province would continue to bear those costs. “It’s a very reasonable question,” MacDonald said, adding that council will double-check so to reassure everyone.
The O’Leary council held a special information meeting on Monday on the town proposal and received unanimous support from those in attendance that it should proceed with the application. Hence the official motion during Thursday’s monthly meeting.
Council is following the process Rustico used when it successfully applied to be a town, and councilors expressed confidence their application will also succeed.
Administrator Bev Shaw will be making arrangements for herself, and any O’Leary councilors who would want to accompany her, to sit in on a Rustico town meeting to observe how those meetings differ from community meetings.