12/12/2012 06:23 EST | Updated 02/11/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia mayor concerned over future of sawmill left out of Bowater land deal

LUNENBURG, N.S. - A mayor on Nova Scotia's South Shore says he is deeply concerned about the future of a local sawmill.

The province announced Monday that it's taken control of 220,000 hectares of woodlands, along with Brooklyn Power and the former Bowater mill factory site.

But the province didn't purchase the Oakhill sawmill in Lunenburg County because of the softwood lumber agreement.

Municipality of Lunenburg mayor Don Downe says local politicians have approached Resolute Forest Products to propose the company operate the mill again.

Downe says if Resolute doesn't operate the facility it should be sold to a business who will take over the mill.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Montreal based-company says they will take their time in deciding the mill's future.