By Greg Bennett
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A potential revolt against the South West Shore Development Authority may be growing.
Lockeport Mayor Darian Huskilson led the charge at the Town of Lockeport’s regular meeting on Monday, July 13. “I think its usefulness has run its course,” said Huskilson who said the organization had proved to be more of a hindrance than help to the Town. “We’re not a huge community that needs an RDA holding our hands,” said Huskilson.
Huskilson was responding to concerns from Deputy Mayor Lonnie Townsend who attended two SWSDA meetings on the town’s behalf and was left with an uneasy feeling. “No one seemed to be much in tune with what was happening,” said Townsend, noting that when he spoke these concerns out aloud at the SWSDA meeting that another member later remarked that most of the committee had little knowledge of the authority’s workings.
Referring to the lawsuits and large mortgages that SWSDA has been involved in, Mayor Huskilson said he believed the town didn’t need exposure to those types of potential liabilities.
While no specific motion was made, the council is expected to discuss the issue again at a future meeting.
Last month, the possibility of severing ties with SWSDA and creating a stand-alone economic development body for Shelburne County was put on the table for discussion by the Municipality of Shelburne.
The council unanimously approved a recommendation to “encourage discussions amongst municipal partners to create a Shelburne County economic development body.”
Town of Lockeport may add its voice against SWSDA
By Greg Bennett
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