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Digby Water Commission Act (amended)

BILL NO. 41

(as introduced)

1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
66 Elizabeth II, 2017



Local Bill



Digby Water Commission Act
(amended)



Gordon Wilson
Clare–Digby



First Reading: October 11, 2017

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading: October 17, 2017

Third Reading: October 26, 2017 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 updates the definition of "Board" to mean the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Clause 2

(a) reduces the number of number of residents who are members of the Digby Water Commission (not including the Mayor of the Town of Digby and the member of the Town Council who is appointed as member of the Commission) from five to three and allows these resident members to be appointed from among persons residing in either the Town or any part of the Municipality of the District of Digby that receives services from the Commission;

(b) specifies when the terms of office for the next-appointed members of the Commission (other than the Mayor of the Town of Digby) end and provides that all successors of those members serve for four years; and

(c) allows the resident members of the Commission to receive an annual stipend in an amount determined by the Town Council.

Clause 3

(a) provides that the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Digby or the Chief Administrative Officer's designate is the Manager of the Commission;

(b) updates a reference to the now-repealed Towns' Incorporation Act to refer to the Municipal Government Act; and

(c) updates references to the town clerk to refer to the Chief Administrative Officer.

Clause 4 updates references to the former Municipal Affairs Act to refer to the Municipal Government Act.

Clause 5 repeals a redundant provision that excepts the property of the Commission from assessment for the purpose of municipal taxation. Under the Assessment Act, the property of the Commission is not assessable. Clause 6 deletes provisions respecting payments out of the surplus of the Commission's undertaking to be made to the Town of Digby for the general purposes of the Town and the financial statements of the Commission to be consolidated with the audited financial statements of the Town in accordance with the system of accounting to be used by municipalities under the Municipal Government Act (currently set out in the Financial Reporting and Accounting Manual).

Clause 7 provides for public inspection of the financial statements of the Commission.

Clause 8 updates a reference to the former Towns' Incorporation Act to refer to the Municipal Government Act. Clause 9 vacates the office of every member of the Commission, other than the member who is the Mayor of the Town of Digby, serving at the time this Bill comes into force.

An Act to Amend Chapter 87
of the Acts of 1948,
the Digby Water Commission Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 2 of Chapter 87 of the Acts of 1948, the Digby Water Commission Act, is amended by striking out "Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities of the Province of Nova Scotia" in the fifth, sixth and seventh lines and substituting "Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board".

2 (1) Subsection 3(1) of Chapter 87, as amended by Chapter 83 of the Acts of 1975 and Chapter 69 of the Acts of 1980, is further amended by

(a) striking out "seven" in the second line and substituting "five";

(b) striking out "five" in the sixth line and substituting "three"; and

(c) adding "or any area within the Municipality of the District of Digby that receives services from The Commission" immediately after "Town" in the seventh line.

(2) Subsection 3(4) of Chapter 87 is repealed and the following subsections substituted:

(4) Subject to subsection (4A), a person appointed as a member of The Commission shall hold office for a term of four years.

(4A) The terms of office of the four members of The Commission, other than the Mayor of the Town, appointed by the Council immediately after the coming into force of this subsection shall be as follows:

(a) one member as determined by the Council, other than the member who is also a member of the Council, shall hold office until December 1, 2018;

(b) two members as determined by the Council, other than the member who is also a member of the Council, shall hold office until December 1, 2019; and

(c) the member who is also a member of the Council shall hold office until December 1, 2020.

(3) Section 3 of Chapter 87, as amended by Chapter 83 of the Acts of 1975 and Chapter 69 of the Acts of 1980, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (6) the following subsection:

(6A) The members of the Commission, other than the member who is the Mayor of the Town and the member who is a member of the Town Council, shall receive an annual stipend in an amount determined by the Town Council.

(4) Subsection 3(7) of Chapter 87 is amended by striking out "serve without compensation, but shall" in the second line.

3 (1) Subsection 5(1) of Chapter 87 is repealed and the following subsections substituted:

(1) Subject to subsection (1A), the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town is the Manager of The Commission.

(1A) The Chief Administrative Officer of the Town may designate a person to be the Manager of The Commission.

(2) Subsection 5(3) of Chapter 87 is amended by

(a) striking out "The Towns' Incorporation" in the first and second lines and substituting "the Municipal Government";

(b) striking out "the town clerk" in the second line and substituting ", the Chief Administrative Officer";

(c) striking out "his duties as such town clerk" in the third and fourth lines and substituting "the duties of the Chief Administrative Officer,"; and

(d) striking out "town clerk" in the ninth line and substituting "Chief Administrative Officer".

4 (1) Subsection 11(1) of Chapter 87 is amended by striking out "Affairs" in the second line and substituting "Government".

(2) Subsection 11(2) of Chapter 87 is amended by striking out "Affairs" in the first line and substituting "Government".

5 Section 12 of Chapter 87 is repealed. 6 Section 16 of Chapter 87 is amended by

(a) adding "(1)" immediately after the Section number;

(b) striking out "Accompanying such financial statements The Commission shall in writing, submit to the Council its recommendation of the amount or amounts of money to be paid from the surplus of The Commission's undertaking or undertakings to the Town for the general purposes of the Town. Final decision of the amount or amounts to be paid by The Commission from the surplus of The Commission's undertaking to the Town for the general purposes of the Town shall rest with the Town Council." in the eighth to eighteenth lines; and

(c) adding the following subsection:

(2) The financial statements of The Commission must be consolidated with the audited financial statements of the Town in accordance with the system of accounting prescribed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs under clause 451(1)(c) of The Municipal Government Act.

7 Section 17 of Chapter 87 is repealed and the following subsection substituted:

17 The financial statements of The Commission must be open to public inspection at the office of The Commission upon request during the regular business hours of The Commission.
8 Section 19 of Chapter 87 is amended by striking out "Towns Incorporation" in the first and second lines and substituting "Municipal Government". 9 Every individual who was a member of the Digby Water Commission immediately before the coming into force of this Act, other than the member who is the Mayor of the Town of Digby, ceases to be a member of the Commission upon the coming into force of this Act.


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