Town of North Sydney fonds

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Town of North Sydney fonds

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  • 1885-1940 (Creation)
    Town of North Sydney

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1.5 m of textual records

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The Town of North Sydney, Nova Scotia was incorporated in 1885 and in that year the first town officials were elected and the former area of North Sydney was divided into four wards. From 1885 until 1968 wardens (later mayors) and councillors were elected for two year terms. Since 1968, officials were elected for three year terms. The first council met at the North Sydney Court House and the rules adopted were modeled on those used by the Town of Pictou, N. S. In 1946 Council acquired a permanent residence in the Town Hall. Responsiblities of the Town included education, policing, roads, property assessment, water, fire department, licensing and community health. Committees, drawn from Council members, were selected to over-see each of these areas. The Town of North Sydney was disincorporated in 1995 when it joined the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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Records were salvaged by Jim Walsh in 1995 when the Town of North Sydney amalgamated with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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Fonds consists of minutes of executive council, various administrative committee minutes, assessment appeals, rate book, one book of licenses and fines, and one book of properties sold at tax sales. The majority of the minute books include council correspondence and financial records (glued and loose).

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Many records show signs of water and fire damage. Minute books contain a considerable amount of loose text and should be handled with care.

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