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Montague Town Hall
MONTAGUE — Rick Gibbs wants town and community councils around here to start talking and creating ways to build and co-ordinate activities, rather than operating solo.
The Montague resident raised the issue at the town’s committee of council meeting here recently and said it’s time for all residents to look “beyond” the boundary lines, rather than from within.
“Communities, specifically community councils, must start talking to each other and ultimately work together for the greater good,’’ he said at town hall here. “We can’t wait for the provincial or federal governments . . . nothing will happen if we do.”
Gibbs suggested the Montague town council might take the lead and set up a committee that would kick-start conversations with all other towns and community councils in the region to build up initiatives. While he focused on his own area, Gibbs insisted it was a credible step for the entire province.
“I think it’s a great idea and something we should have started 25 years ago,’’ said town Coun. Wayne Spin.
The goal of the initiative could be to co-operate with activities and events as a way to build co-operation and avoid conflicts.
“Maybe there’s a way to establish combined events to help the entire region rather than everyone having a single activity here and there scattered around and squeezed into a very short summer,’’ he said.
Gibbs said he got the idea from attending recent brainstorming session that led up to the Georgetown Conference. Councillors endorsed the idea and will vote on creating a co-operation committee next week.