News release: Clean Energy Financing program enters second year
June 13, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Thanks to the Clean Energy Financing program, homeowners in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Town of Bridgewater can apply for affordable financing for efficiency and cleaner energy upgrades for the second year in a row.
If you live in Bridgewater or the District of Lunenburg, you can retrofit your home and finance it over a ten-year period. The Clean Energy Financing program will do the analysis to make sure you save as much or even more in energy and heating expenses than the cost of the retrofits.
The program is managed by the Clean Foundation, and information and applications can be found at www.CleanEnergyFinancing.ca.
“We offer low-interest loans to homeowners to help them make clean energy upgrades to their home,” says Jeff Merrill, Director of Planning and Development Services for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. “The financing is up to $10,000 in the District of Lunenburg, and $15,000 to $20,000 in Bridgewater, paid back over a ten-year-period. It can be used for insulation in your attic, your walls, your basement. It could include a heat pump, heat recovery ventilator, or upgrades to your windows and doors,” adds Merrill. “Energy experts from Clean Foundation work with the homeowner to help them decide which retrofits are most appropriate for their home.”
A Home Energy Assessment determines what eligible upgrades are the best ‘bang for the buck’ for each individual house. It’s good news for residents with expensive homes to heat. “Sometimes, there was ice on the inside of the window, that’s how cold it got,” says Blake McDonald of his 19th-century farmhouse in Bridgewater before his involvement in Clean Energy Financing. “But because of the program, we were able to get cellulose insulation blown into our attic and spray foam in the basement. We also had some windows replaced, because drafts were a big problem. It’s had an immediate, positive impact on our finances.”
The municipalities are offering a low lending rate of just 4% for the upgrades. Residents will benefit from the Clean Energy Financing program by eliminating the large upfront cost of upgrades, and by spreading the payments over a period of 10 years. The financing is repayable through charges attached to the property–that’s why this type of program is known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. It’s a concept that’s becoming very popular in the U.S. and Europe. Nova Scotia is a leader in PACE financing in Canada.
“Over the course of the ten years of financing, the upgrades will save you more money than what you are repaying on a monthly basis,” says Leon de Vreede, the Sustainability Planner for the Town of Bridgewater. “It doesn’t cost you any money out-of-pocket, and you are saving money from day one.”
The financing is available on a first-come-first-served basis during 2017. [Please note: The District of Lunenburg does not include the Town of Lunenburg.]
Homeowners can visit CleanEnergyFinancing.ca to get more information and an application form, or by calling toll-free 1-844-727-7818. Several videos have been made available on YouTube for those who would like to learn more.
Director of Planning and Development Services
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
Leon de Vreede
Town of Bridgewater
Media advisory: Miller Point Peace Park Bridge Opening
June 12, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Tuesday, June 27, residents are invited to join Council and staff in celebrating and officially opening the new walking bridge at Miller Point Peace Park.
The bridge crosses the salt water marsh on the path to the Point. Light refreshments will be served.
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Place: #13941 Hwy 3, Dayspring
Meet at the inner parking lot to walk to the bridge site
News release: Summer office hours in effect for July and August
June 12, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Council made a motion to approve changes to the Municipal Office hours for the months of July and August.
From Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to Friday, September 1, 2017 (inclusive), Municipal Office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This change was driven by feedback from our community that opening the building earlier would be appreciated by those wishing to obtain building permits during the busy summer construction months,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Chief Administrative Officer
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