Richmond officials discuss funding of community outreach support
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:31
The warden of Richmond Co. says municipal officials should try to retain a community outreach support worker past November.
Jenny Comeau's position at the Richmond County Literacy Network was cut in early September, before the organization received interim funding from provincial officials that will last until Nov. 4.
Literacy Network representative Millie Hatt gave an update on the organization at Monday night's council meeting.
Councillors passed a motion to ask the municipal finance department to look into the possibility of paying $2,500 a month for the service.
Hatt suggested that municipal officials could fund the service on a monthly basis; they could stop funding if they are not satisfied with the service, provided they give three months' notice.
After the meeting, Warden Victor David told The Hawk that council should try to maintain the support worker position.
"I am not sure exactly how it will go, but I think as a councillor, we have to look at funding it," he said. "It is a very important function in the community, so we have to help the people in need."
David said the support worker helps a wide variety of people.
According to Hatt's presentation, 388 people have made use of the service since it was introduced two years ago.
Man missing in Inverness Co. found
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:14
RCMP say a man reported missing in Inverness Co. has been found.
They say Mark Pawson, 54, left a home where he was staying on East Big Intervale Rd. in Margaree Valley and didn't return Monday.
Police say he's been found, and has been sent to Halifax for medical treatment.
They have not released any other details.