Tag Archives: Hospice

Municipal government takes on Health care

A slippery slope? Some might think so. Where will it end we would like to know? It’s enough for us to think renting would be cheaper.

Here is the latest from David Daniels on his view of the Hospice matter and the legalities of what the Town calls commitments.

During the budgeting process, Council agreed to fund the hospital and hospice beginning next fiscal year and for the next six or seven years after that.  Councilor Zimmerman raised the issue that the Council this year had no authority to commit money for next fiscal year’s budget.  This same concern obviously would hold true for years two through seven.  The Council at the time did not explain how it had the legal authority to make such a commitment.

We now have the Council’s solution by way of a proposed resolution for the special budget meeting set for June 22nd.

“TOWN OF WOLFVILLE VALLEY HEALTH HOSPITAL AND HOSPICE COMMITMENT RESOLUTION 2009-10

RESOLVED  that Council support the request for the Valley Health Hospital and Hospice Foundation to a total sum of $114,533

FURTHER RESOLVED that Council will attempt to fund this commitment during the current Council mandate.”

Read carefully, this resolution does not quite address the problem.  It’s fine to “support” the request, but the Hospice Foundation may be looking for more.  What are the “commitment” and “current Council mandate” referring to in the second resolved paragraph?

Here is an alternate resolution the Council may wish to consider:

WHEREAS,  the Hospice Foundation seeks funding from the Town of Wolfville in the amount of $114,533 over three to five years to [describe project]; and

WHEREAS, Council recognizes the benefits the Project will have, both direct and indirect, for the citizens of Wolfville; and

WHEREAS, Council acknowledges that it cannot legally commit to fund the Project beyond the current fiscal year;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council should make every effort to fund the Project in future fiscal years in the amount requested, although the time frame for payment may be extended.

David Daniels
June 21, 2009

This Council seems determined to  force us – and the future mayor and Council whoever they may be – to give money to this charity and to set a precedent for property tax to be used for Health care funding. And Wolfville is such a trend setter – watch for this to be tried on every Council around.

Advertisements

Hospice Presentation

Just want to alert folks that there is a Council Committee meeting on Monday night at which there will be a presentation on the Hospice. The Hospice has been planned for years, and it is hoped the effort put into this project will finally become reality as it is much needed in the community and will save money in the end as well.

The agenda for Monday’s meeting is copied below for your convenience. [Is anyone having difficulty finding the agendas on the Town website? It took us a while! You’d think it would be here under agendas but it wasn’t. Instead it is linked under Town Hall and in the calendar section in what we think is a convoluted way.  Is it just us?]At the end there are some upcoming meeting and event  dates you might like to note.

Following the agenda there are copies of printed material on the Hospice which you can look at if you follow this link [pdf alert!]

We hope that on the flag flying issue which is listed to be discussed, it is decided  that only the Canadian, provincial and municipal flags will be flown at Town Hall, otherwise it will be a can of worms for ever. Let’s not make the mistake other municipalities have made. Town Hall is not a billboard for special interests. [later: Also a firm policy could be made about when and for whom the flag should be lowered. It is surprising there isn’t already a set protocol for municipalities which makes sense and which all could follow uniformly.]

And they may finally decide at this meeting to put a 4 way stop at Gaspereau and Main, as this is also on the agenda. This busy intersection has been a bane of residents’ existence for a long time. It sure would be nice to finally have something tried to improve it for people. If a four way stop doesn’t work well, then try something else.

COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 359 MAIN STREET
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
7:30 P.M.
A G E N D A
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. AGENDA APPROVAL
3. PRESENTATION
a. Valley Health Revitalization Campaign – Katie Rock, Campaign Director, Sandra Snow, President, Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, Diana Patterson, Chair, Valley Hospice Foundation
b. Kings Transit Authority update – Ron Mullins, General Manager
4. QUESTION PERIOD
5. MAYOR’S REPORT
6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
a. Regular meeting of December 1, 2008 (attached)
7. REPORTS
ADMINISTRATION
a. Capital Budget 2009-10
b. Committee Appointments for 2009
c. Four-way Stop at Gaspereau and Main
d. Flag Flying Policy – Request for Decision
e. Additional Public Hearing for Issam Kadray Development Proposal for Maple
Avenue – Recommendation
8. UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS*
– Thursday, January 1, 2009, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – New Year’s Levee, St. John’s
Parish Hall, 341 Main Street
– Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 7:00-8:00 p.m. – RCMP Advisory Board, Council
Chambers
– Monday, January 12, 5:00-8:00 p.m. – Kings CED Agency Joint Councils,
Berwick Fire Hall (new facility)
– Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. – Recreation & Parks Public Advisory
Committee, Council Chambers
– Monday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. – Town Council, Council Chambers
– Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m. – Planning Services Public Advisory
Committee, Council Chambers
– Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. – Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Council
Chambers
– Monday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. – Committee of Council, Council Chambers
– Monday, February 9, 7:30 p.m. – 2009-10 Budget, Council Chambers
– Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. – Economic & Community Development
Public Advisory Committee, Council Chambers
– Monday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. – Town Council, Council Chambers
– Thursday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. – Planning Services Public Advisory
Committee, Council Chambers
– Monday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. – Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Council
Chambers
*NOTE: Every second Monday will be scheduled as budget meetings until the
2009-10 Budget has been approved. After January 26, 2009 the fourth and fifth
(where it occurs) Mondays of each month will be reserved for the Fiscal
Sustainability Task Force to meet.
**See the Town’s website for additional meetings/events and/or changes to
meetings/events which have occurred since agenda preparation.
9. ADJOURNMENT