Latest News and Public Notices
Notice of Special Council Meetings – June 30, 2020
A Special Council meeting will be held, via telephone and video conference, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to deal with a J Class Road Paving matter and a Legal matter In Camera re Service Contract. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording of the public session portion of the meeting will be posted on modl.ca within 24 hours of the meeting.
Notice - Summer Meeting Schedule
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Council meeting schedule for the months of July and August is as follows:The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Council meeting schedule for the months of July and August is as follows:
Audit Committee – July 7, 2020 – commencing 9:00 a.m.
Finance Committee – July 7, 2020 - commencing at the close of the Audit Committee Mtg.
Council – July 14 & 28, 2020 – commencing 9:00 a.m.
There will be no meetings in August unless a Special Council meeting is required.These meetings will be held via telephone and video conference. The public does not have access to these meetings while they are in session, but the recording of the meetings will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. The agendas can be found on the webpage four days prior to the meeting date.
Notice - Schedule of Fire Service Annual Ratepayers Meetings
Due to COVD-19 and restrictions on gatherings, MODL Council waived the requirement for Annual Ratepayer meetings if your fire tax remains unchanged or is lower than the previous year.
Any ratepayer meetings taking place will be via video or teleconference. A copy of each fire department’s budget is available by contacting the listed person for a given fire department.
View the pdf Schedule of Fire Service Annual Ratepayers Meetings (132 KB) to see if your department will be having a virtual meeting or if the rate remains unchanged or is lower than the previous year.
Notice - Fire Service Annual Ratepayers Meetings
During the regular session of the Municipal Council on June 9, 2020, Council passed two motions that affect the Fire Service.
- Departments incorporated under the Societies Act. Under section 6 of Policy MODL-36, are required to hold an annual ratepayers’ meetings to review the budgets and vote on a fire tax rate for the next fiscal year. The motion passed allows those department incorporated as a Society to forgo the requirement for this year’s ratepayers meeting, as long as no increase is planned for this fiscal year. Any department planning to increase their fire tax rate will still be required to hold a meeting via a virtual or teleconference means.
- Fire and Emergency Services who are incorporated by Provincial Legislation either in the form of the Rural Fire District Act or under an Act of Legislation have the legislative power to set a rate and hold a ratepayers’ meeting to discuss the rate approved while others are required to hold an annual ratepayers meeting and approve the rate at this meeting. Since these Incorporations are Provincially legislated, MODL cannot waive the requirement stated in the legislation to hold an annual meeting. Council did pass a motion to requesting the Minister of Municipal Affairs to also waive these meetings. If the Minister of Municipal Affairs waives this meeting requirement, we will let you know.
If you have any questions about what this means for your department, please let me know.
Fire Services Coordinator
Notice - 2nd Reading to Repeal & Replace Electronic Voting By-law
Notice of Second Reading
To the Residents of the
Municipality of the District oOf Lunenburg
Re: Repeal and Replacement of the Electronic Voting By-law
On May 26, 2020, Municipal Council gave notice of its intention to repeal the existing Electronic Voting By-law that was adopted by Council on May 24, 2016 and to replace it with a new By-law Respecting Alternative Voting and conducted and approved First Reading.
The existing By-law included the 2016 Municipal Election dates for alternate voting. The By-law needed to be amended specifying that Council would, by resolution, set the alternative polling days for each election. The existing By-law outlines the authorization and methods for alternative voting but did not include information on the alternative voting procedure. The new proposed by-law outlines, in more detail, the methods for alternative voting, the process and regulations for same, allows for Council to set the Alternative Polling Days by resolution for each election, and sets the offences and penalties for violating the By-law.
Notice is hereby given that Municipal Council will be conducting Second Reading to repeal the existing By-law and to consider adoption of the new By-law at their meeting of Council on June 23, 2020 which commences at 9:00 a.m. via telephone and video conference.
A copy of the proposed By-law may be obtained on the Municipal Website at www.modl.ca. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Municipal Clerk at 902-541-1323.
Notice of Special Council Meeting – May 26, 2020
Notice To The Residents Of The Municipality Of The District Of Lunenburg
Special Council Meeting – May 26, 2020
A Special Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to conduct regular Council business. It will be held via tele and video conference. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. pdf Read the agenda (4.86 MB) .
News release: MODL Announces Municipal Grant Recipients
May 25, 2020 / For Immediate Release
MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has published its list of Municipal Grant Recipients from the 2019/2020 fiscal year, with a total amount awarded of $113,238.15.
Grants are provided to dozens of non-profit and charitable organizations in a variety of categories, Funding is available to help with annual operating costs, capital improvements, event hosting, youth or elite athlete travel, and more.
“Our community benefits greatly from the facilities and programs that this funding supports,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Some of the things that these funds provide assistance for are the delivery of new or expanded cultural, social, heritage and recreation programs, or for the development of projects, events, or initiatives that promote the area and foster community economic growth.”
The complete listing of 2019/2020 funding recipients is available at Municipal Grants.
Important Notice for TIPP participants
Do you pay your property taxes by TIPP? We have an important notice for those who have signed up to have your tax bill payment automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date.
If you have signed up for the full amount of your tax bill to be withdrawn on the due date, the due date has been delayed from May 31 to August 31.
The full amount of your tax bill will be withdrawn on August 31.
If you have any questions about your TIPP payment, please call 902-541-1338
Notice of Special Council Meetings – May 12, 2020
The first Special Council meeting will be for regular agenda items and will start at 9:00 a.m. It will be held via tele and video conference. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. pdf Read the agenda (21.25 MB) .
The second Special Council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. and will be for the consideration and approval of the 2020/21 Operating and Capital Budgets. This meeting will be via tele and video conference as well as Facebook Live. Please note, that the public can listen to the meeting via Facebook Live but will be unable to participate in the discussion. The recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. pdf Read the agenda (21.25 MB) .
Administration Office Closure
As part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg's Administration Building is closed. More detail on how to reach our services via phone and online is below.
Recreation, Parks and Trails
All recreational programming, and programming at the MARC building has been cancelled.
All parks, trails and beaches are open.
Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park is open.
The MARC ballfields are closed. Additionally, all public washrooms will be closed, as we are not able to clean them with the frequency required by provincial guidelines at this time. We are working towards a solution that will allow us to open these washrooms.
Proposed Amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations
The public notice period has begun regarding the proposed amendments to the Building Code Regulations. Please pdf read this notice of proposed amendments (4.47 MB) .
Municipal Administration Building For Sale
Administrative Building 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
The site is improved with a 50-year-old single storey steel frame and concrete block building, currently utilized as office space for the administrative operations of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. The entire building has a total leasable area of 10,802 square feet which constitutes the main floor and the walk out basement level. The main floor area is 5,401 square feet and contains the reception area, several offices, kitchenette for staff, utility and storage area, a large meeting space, washrooms and a large vault.
The basement level contains additional offices, along with washrooms, a utility room and the electrical room for the entire building. Access to the basement area is by main stairwells on the south side of the building and via an outside ground level entrance. The site also includes a detached garage and parking, as well as a portable office trailer.
The property is situated in the Town of Bridgewater that has a land use control of Urban Commercial (C3) which permits retail use, personal services shops, institutional use, restaurant, wineries and micro-breweries, etc.
Lot Size 1.53 Acres
Services Municipal Water and Sewer
Dave Waters, Director of Business Development, Tourism and Infrastructure
Phone: (902) 521-5945