Richmond County and St. Peter’s Village Commission hold first-ever joint public meeting
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ARICHAT — History was made earlier this month when the Municipality of the County of Richmond and the Village of St. Peter’s held a joint meeting that marked the first time the two levels of government have met in a public session. The Nov. 2 meeting was held at council chambers in Arichat. “Building stronger relationships with other local governments is a priority for municipal council,” Richmond County Warden Amanda Mombourquette said in a news release. “This work is part of the county’s larger effort to lead and engage stakeholders according to their strategic plan which was refreshed through community consultation last year.” The Village of St. Peter’s is a recognized municipal unit with elected village commissioners. It operates independently of the county and provides a variety of municipal services to residents within the village area. Historically, the relationship between the village and the county has been primarily limited to taxation collections and special projects, according to a news release on the meeting. The agenda for the Nov. 2 meeting included mutually agreed upon items related to special projects, capital projects, the Canada Community Building Fund, and asset management. All parties agreed that the discussion was productive and should be continued regularly in this public format. “The Village of St. Peter’s is Richmond County’s most densely populated commercial, service, and retail centre,” said commissioner Esther MacDonnell, chair of the commission, in a statement. “Residents from all areas of the county rely on us for everything from medical services to banking to groceries.” Mombourquette stated that it is in the “best interest of all residents that both levels of government plan for and invest in continuous improvement of the village core area.” The agenda and draft minutes for the joint meeting can be found at richmondcounty. ca and villageofstpeters.ca.