PORT HAWKESBURY: Town councillors have agreed to a pair of funding requests from a long-running local historical society and a regional palliative care support group.
A unanimous vote greeted a funding request of $500 from the Strait Area Palliative Care Society (SAPCS), when the issue came up a recent special meeting of Port Hawkesbury Town Council. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Terry Doyle noted that the town has directed similar amounts towards the SAPCS in the past.
Following the June 28 vote at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Shannon Studio, the town’s Director of Finance, Erin MacEachern, noted that the town still has an addition $7,100 allotted for similar funding requests in its recently-approved 2018-19 municipal budget.
Moments later, town officials approved a donation of $500 to the Port Hastings Historical Society (PHHS) to help the organization address such issues as accessibility and resurfacing of the parking lot at the group’s museum, which is located on the Port Hastings Rotary.
While no specific amount was requested by the PHHS in its official approach to the town, Doyle suggested that a donation in the range of $300 to $500 would be needed “to be meaningful” to the society and assist with their stated goals.
“In the past we have supported the [Tuesday Night] Ceilidhs [hosted by the PHHS], but that’s not an ongoing funding model,” the CAO noted.
Councillor Trevor Boudreau, who put forward the official motion directing $500 towards the society, suggested that he was happy to honour the group’s request, with their plan to improve accessibility at the Port Hastings museum site as a motivating factor in his decision.
“I do believe they have a lot of value,” Boudreau said of the society. “I’d be comfortable with a $500 donation to the Port Hastings Historical Society.”
Deputy Mayor Hughie MacDougall, who seconded Boudreau’s motion, praised the society for their diligence in archiving the history of the immediate Strait area and putting it on display for locals and visitors alike.
“If there’s anything you want to know about the Town of Port Hawkesbury, it’s all there,” MacDougall declared, moments before the funding motion received unanimous approval.