At The Nation Municipal council's latest meeting, a recent fire on Horse Creek Road was discussed. The aftermath of the fire is seen here. (Janice Winsor)

Nation municipal council round-up

The Nation Municipality council held its weekly council meeting on Monday, January 9. Here are some highlights of what was discussed and decided at the meeting.

2018 Election

On Monday, The Nation municipal council decided against using a ranked ballot system for the 2018 election. It was presented this video explaining the system. Essentially, votes for the candidate with the least amount of support are then redistributed according to a voter’s second and third choice.

Council argued the province hasn’t adopted the system, and saw no benefits to changing to a ranked ballot.

The second discussion surrounding the election was about voting methods. Since 2000, municipality has been using the internet and the telephone as alternative voting methods. Despite these options, voter turnout was only 47% in the 2014 municipal election.

Council acknowledged these alternatives have caused problems in the past, but still opted to keep all three for the upcoming election. Mayor François St. Amour said there should be more information on ballots explaining the various voting methods and indicate voting is open for more than a single day.

Fire update

Tobias Hovey, fire chief for The Nation, updated council with fire responses in December. Overall, the month was quiet, he said, and talk soon turned to the fire on Horse Creek road. Hovey said 911 confusion slowed down the response to the fire.

In a report presented to council, one of the recommendations by the fire department is “to educate our population of the issues that may arise if calling 911 by cell phone or voice over I.P.”.

The Nation’s fire department has since published a photo on its facebook page with its emergency 1-888-870-8883 number that calls local dispatch directly to try and avoid similar confusion, especially near the Québec border.

Fournier 150e

Council voted to allot the remaining $1,150 of their 2016 budget to Fournier’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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