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Mush-a-Mush Lake Public Advisory

 Due to possible blue green algae in the area, swimming in Mush-a-Mush Lake is not advised.

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.

Sherry Conrad
Municipal Clerk

 

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.

Sherry Conrad
Municipal Clerk

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Sincerely,

Chris Kennedy

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.

The Council will receive written submissions from interested persons concerning the above By-law. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by mail, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 4G8, by fax 902-543-7123, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Municipal Clerk

pdf Notice & Proposed By-law (245 KB)

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) .

Sherry Conrad
Municipal Clerk

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.

Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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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) .

Sherry Conrad
Municipal Clerk

Administration Office Closure

COVID-19 Tax Updates

In order to offset the financial impact on residents and businesses during the COVID-19 situation, the interim tax deadline has been moved from May 31, 2020 to August 31, 2020. If your account includes arrears, daily interest will continue to be applied on those arrears. Interest on the newly issued interim invoice will not be applied until September 1, 2020. We encourage those residents who are able to pay their tax bill upon receipt to do so.

Additionally, the Municipality will offer a deferral of PACE and Straight Pipe Loan payments of up to 90 days upon request. Please email Christine Corkum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that payments made at a bank, online or via telephone banking will take up to 3 days to reach us.

Receipts for payments made can be issued upon request. Please call (902) 541-1348 and leave a message. Staff will return your call. Receipts can be issued by email or mail.

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.

Important Phone Numbers:

Tax account billing inquiries: (902) 541-1329

If you wish to have a payment receipt mailed or emailed, change your billing address or to apply for a low income property tax exemption: (902) 541-1348

If you wish to sign up for TIPP or have questions regarding TIPP payments: (902) 541-1338

Are you applying for the 2020-21 Property Tax Rebate? For the 2020-21 fiscal year, you do not require a Commissioner of Oaths to sign your Statutory Declaration. An unsworn Statutory Declaration will be accepted for the 2020-21 fiscal year only.

Criminal Record Checks

If you require a criminal record check, we have waived the fee, and the RCMP have been advised that no payment is required.

Fire Departments

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will extend the deadline for the submission of the 2020/21 registration packages for the fire and emergency services providers and the date for ratepayer meetings until August 15, 2020 for the 2020/21 fiscal year. Fire departments are discouraged from holding their ratepayer meetings until the province lifts the State of Emergency, and/or permits large gatherings of people.

The 2019/20 registration status of current fire and emergency services providers will also be extended until the 2020/21 registration packages have been processed.

Important Links

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) .