ATV usage is down
Although he admits the snow and the cold might be factors, Tignish Council chairman Allan McInnis says he believes an information session council held on ATV use in November has helped bring about a marked decrease in ATV activity and complaints. He noted an RCMP officer clearly spelled out the rules regarding ATV operation, and the repercussions such as fines, charges for damages and delay in getting a driver’s licence. “I have to admit, we’re down between 60 and 70 per cent of activity with 4-wheelers from last winter,” McInnis told RCMP officers in attendance for Council’s February meeting. He said there was actually very little difference in ATV use in the community from the summer of 2012 to the winter of 2013. “They were like bumblebees going up and down the road all night long and all day long,” but this winter he says he decrease is very noticeable.
“Whatever it is,” he said, “it’s good.”
Council okays wastewater workshop
Despite some initial resistance over the cost, and questions on how much of the agenda would actually apply to Tignish, the municipal council decided to send maintenance worker Mike Gavin to a three-day wastewater workshop in Halifax in April. The cost, including registration, travel ad accommodations will be in the $1,000 range. Council chair Allan McInnis instructed Gavin to take lots of photos and to provide council with a report upon his return.
Winterfest’s worth saving
Recreation director Karen Doyle suggested timing might have been the reason attendance was not as good as was hoped for Upwest Winterfest activities in the community. “It may have been because of the warm weather we were having, but I personally think the festival happened too soon and too fast after the Christmas holidays,” she reported. She expressed her hope the festival will continue and suggested late February or early March dates would bring greater attendance.
A skating rink has been re-established in Bicentennial Park. The rink had been getting considerable interest prior to the January thaw. Council asked that it be restored following subsequent thaws.