PSA: Off Highway Vehicles and Road Safety
May 30, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Spring weather brings an increase in Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) activity in Nova Scotia, and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg would like to remind residents of the importance of enjoying their OHVs responsibly.
According to the Nova Scotia Off-Highway Vehicle Act, which regulates vehicles that are driven off road and are not registered under the Motor Vehicle Act, OHVs are not permitted to be operated on a highway or the shoulder of a highway. OHVs can cross non-controlled access highways and are permitted to travel the “ditch” portion of a roadway under certain conditions. Operating an OHV along the shoulder of a roadway is illegal.
The recently announced Provincial pilot projects concerning trail connectivity and shoulder access are still being developed and will take effect at a later date.
Courtesy for all trail users is very important to ensure that the trail projects remain safe and accessible. This includes slowing significantly when approaching other users, avoiding private property, staying off the trails after dark and in the early mornings, and obeying posted speed limits.
The Municipality offers approximately 120 km of abandoned rail line designated for multi-use, including OHVs. These "rails-to-trails" are managed by six active community groups. A complete map of the Municipality's trail system is available at http://www.modl.ca/recreation/parks-trails/municipal-trails.
Complete details on Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s OHV Rules and Regulations can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/natr/ohv/riders_handbook.asp
Trails and Open Space Coordinator
News release: Conquerall Bank Site of New Day Park
May 23, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – A beautiful piece of property on the west side of the LaHave River in Conquerall Bank has been acquired by the Municipality for use as a day park.
"Acquiring open space to address present and future need is part of the Municipality’s Open Space Strategic Plan," said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. "We are planning today to ensure public access for tomorrow."
"I am pleased to see the District obtain public access to the west side of the LaHave River in time for the busy summer season. Getting water access on the west side of the river has been important, and something I’ve been working on for many years. I’m happy we were finally successfully in obtaining access for our residents," said Councillor Martin Bell.
The naming of the park, amenities, parking and an opening date have yet to be determined.
Updates on the park will be posted as they become available on modl.ca.
Director of Recreation
News release: District Council passes 2017-2018 Budget
May 9, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg approved the 2017/18 operating and capital budgets at its meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
The Municipality approved its annual operating budget with revenue of $29,342,800 and a surplus of $118,000. The capital budget is $3,454,500. This budget continues the Municipality’s track record of strong financial management, while continuing to meet the needs of residents.
“This Council had a strong, unified focus to ensure our budget reflects the needs and priorities of our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We maintained the tax rate while bringing in service improvements and investing in important capital projects our residents require. We are committed to using taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly.”
The 2017-18 budget focuses on four key themes:
- Making Life Affordable–by maintaining the tax rates and providing tax rebates and other programs for residents.
- Building the Local Economy–through partnerships with the business community and initiatives such as Investment Attraction, High-Speed Internet, Agriculture and the Regional Enterprise Network
- Protecting the Environment–through investments in wastewater treatment, floodplain mapping and the LaHave River straight pipes initiative.
- Investing in Recreation and Community–providing various recreational opportunities across the District through programming, parks and facilities.
The Municipality ended the 2016/17 fiscal year with a forecasted surplus of $353,000, which is the twelfth consecutive year with an operating surplus.
Elana Wentzell, CPA CMA
Director of Finance and Municipal Treasurer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg