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Due to the rain forecast, the opening of River Ridge Common day park has been moved to this Saturday, July 13th at 2pm. Join us!

April 9, 2019 – At a special joint meeting between the Town of Bridgewater (TOB) and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) on April 9, the Councils declined the funding request of the South Shore Field House Society (which operates the HB Studios Sports Centre), and instead directed their respective CAOs to prepare a report on alternative models for the sustainable operation of the fieldhouse facility.

“As the public is aware, HB Studios Sports Centre is struggling right now under the weight of its debts,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “Both the Town and the Municipality recognize the importance of this regional facility – it is one of just a handful of year-round indoor turf facilities in the entire province. It not only serves soccer players and a variety of other athletes of all ages from Lunenburg and Queens counties, but it’s also an asset that draws people in from other parts of Nova Scotia and has a positive economic impact on our region.”

The South Shore Field House Society opened HB Studios Sports Centre in 2006. At that time, both municipal units agreed to each contribute a combined $620,000 in operating funds over 10 years. During this time, the Society was unable to pay off the capital debt from the construction of the facility. Today, the Society’s debt stands at more than $400,000.

Though the facility is the only indoor sports field in the area and boasts a diverse user group, the cost to run such a facility is high. In 2018/2019, the municipalities contributed $32,000 from MODL and $25,000 from TOB. This spring, the Society requested that the municipalities each commit to contributing more than $40,000 per year for a period of five years to help alleviate the Society’s debt and cash-flow issues.

After careful consideration of this most recent request, the Councils agreed that in order to balance the needs and requests of community groups with fiscal responsibility and accountability, the current funding request cannot be supported. Instead, the CAOs will work with the Society and other stakeholders to develop alternatives for Council consideration that would allow the facility to operate in a fiscally sustainable manner. 

“Our Council is very interested in working with the Town of Bridgewater, and continuing a dialogue with stakeholders, including the Society, to explore other options for the future sustainable operation of the facility,” said the Municipality’s Mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our goal is to ensure that fieldhouse remains part of our region’s vibrant recreational offerings. Our Councils firmly believe that there is a path forward and it must be a true collaborative effort with all local municipalities helping to share the load.”

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For further information please contact:

David Mitchell
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4364

Tammy Wilson
CAO, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4363

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer, MODL

Phone: (902) 541-1328

2019 Fire Tax Rate Payers Meeting Dates

Municipal user fees are increasing by 5% on April 1. The changes are expected to generate approximately $5,000 in increased revenues for the Municipality.

Bylaw Amendment, Planning Strategy
Amendment

$525 + Advertising

Development Agreement

$525 + Advertising

Development Permit

$26

Final Plan of Subdivision

$105 + each lot after two lots $26

Fire Inspection Fees

$210

Map Book

$25

Map Reproduction Fee

$11

Map Reproduction Fee

/Sq Ft $0.55

Planning Documents

$11

Private Road Maintenance & Improvement
Charge

5%

Property Record Certificate

$58

Variance

$79

Zoning Certificate

$53

Ballfields

$21 per hour + HST

Ballfield League

$19 per hour + HST

MARC Rental Fee

$11 per hour + HST

MARC Residence Fee

$5 per person + HST per night

Dog Tag - Replacement

$1

Fax (per page)

$0.60

NSF Cheques

$15

Photocopies - B & W (per page)

$0.15

Photocopies - Colour (per page)

$0.30

Tax Certificate

$42

Tax Sale Admin Fee

$160

Verbal Tax Information

$11

Sewer Permit Fee

$120

NOTICE

TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG                                                            

Re Approval of Amendments to the

By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District

Please be advised that on February 12, 2019, Municipal Council approved the By-law to Amend the By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District.  The By-law amended the By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District to create a formal appeal process and to deal with two housekeeping items.

The amendments to the By-law become effective on the publishing date of this notice.

A copy of the By-law, which is now in effect, is available at the Municipal Administration Office, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and on the Municipal Website at www.modl.ca, municipal-services/administration/by-laws.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the Municipal Clerk at 902-541-1323.

Sherry Conrad

Municipal Clerk

Taking the t­est at  https://performance.cira.ca/southshore  will help provide a basis for regional high-speed broadband planning

July 19, 2018 - Residents and business owners in three municipalities on the South Shore can now use an online test to reveal the performance of their Internet service – a measurement that will aid the region’s broadband development. The project is being cost shared by three municipal units.

The Internet Performance Test (IPT) was developed by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as a way to collect highly detailed information about the quality of internet service. The IPT measures some 100 different Internet connection factors beyond the speed of the network, to give planners information on latency (how much delay is in a connection) and the ability of your computer to connect with the latest Internet Protocols. The IPT is being administered in Atlantic Canada by the non-profit group i-Valley, which also helped to develop the tool. The IPT will map the ‘digital divide’ for our rural communities, and help municipalities prioritize those areas with poorer service.

Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, stated that “Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. We have been proactive in developing a Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy, and investing in projects bringing better Internet to our municipality. The Internet Performance Test will give us information that will help us continue to invest in Internet and create a community in which families choose to live.”

“The use of broadband communications is fundamental to improve our economic, environmental and social well-being,” said Allen Webber, Warden, Municipality of the District of Chester. “Broadband is cited as a number one factor in choosing a residence location. Businesses also need broadband in order to compete in the digital economy; if we have world-class standards, we give them a better chance to be world-class businesses.”

Mayor David Dagley of the Region of Queens Municipality added, “The time is right to pursue regional broadband network improvements. Provincial and federal funding will become available to enable Municipalities that are prepared, to support high speed network construction. Our Municipality will continue to source funding towards improving internet service in Queens, which has become an essential service. All residents are encouraged to take the speed test to help ensure that our current networking status is clarified, to enable proper funding applications to be prepared”.

A one-button test

The IPT is community-specific to the South Shore. People in their home or business just click on a URL and launch the test, which only takes 30 seconds. Within that time, the test analyzes more than 100 variables that range from speed to quality - all the factors that could be slowing a resident down or affecting the reliability of their service.

The IPT results are displayed for everyone on a map of the region, colour-coded to highlight service quality. A red zone is poor; a blue zone is good. The IPT ranges from zero to the new national speed goal of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps). 

The further the speed drops below 25 Mbps the redder the map gets; the faster the speed the bluer it gets.

Those without any Internet connection can go to a connected facility, browse to the South Shore IPT Web site, and click on “If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access, click here”.  They will then have the opportunity to place a pin on the map. They can also contact their Municipality’s Economic Development Officer to provide their address by phone.

The tests are location-specific, registering each house or business as the buttons are pressed. People are encouraged to take the test as many times as possible, as speed results may vary over times of day.

In addition to creating a baseline for network planning, the IPT helps communities obtain evidence-based performance data for their community that will provide support for funding applications to governments to ensure sufficient broadband access.

Please click on this link to use the South Shore Internet Performance Test:

https://performance.cira.ca/southshore  

The test will be run continuously over the coming months. Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Municipality of the District of Chester and Region of Queens Municipality will receive reminder notifications to take the test through several methods, including postcards at key locations in the community, flyers, social media posts, website posts, and through newspaper and radio. All residents, regardless of whether they have good internet service, poor internet service or no internet service are encouraged to take part in the test. The higher the rate of participation by residents, the more accurate the final data will be, which will provide a map that shows accurately the areas with substandard internet service.

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For further information please contact:

Sarah Kucharski, Communications Officer, MODL
Phone: (902) 541-1328

Erin Lowe, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Chester
Phone: (902) 275-2599

Heather Cook, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Region of Queens Municipality
Phone: (902) 354-5741

July 19, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – This week, Dr. Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the Municipality installing the first of 18-20 deer bait stations. The bait stations are part of an innovative tick reduction research project, the largest of its kind in Canada.

“The increasing prevalence of Lyme Disease in our community is a serious concern,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our Council believes it’s vitally important for the Municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks. We’ve partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.”

“The bait stations will be stocked by September 1, and will target adult tick populations when they become active again in the fall,” explained Dr. Lindsay. “A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that’s actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme Disease. The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they’re more difficult to see because of their small size. It’s important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme Disease.”

  • The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer’s ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
  • A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.
  • Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is committed to building a community where people choose to live, work and play.  

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 30, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Today, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg broke ground on the first straight pipe replacement in the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program. This project marks an important upgrade to the regional wastewater network, improving water quality in the LaHave River, and contributing to a cleaner environment in the District of Lunenburg.

“The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment across the country,” said Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am proud to see the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement project underway. Together with our partners we are protecting the long-term health of the community for generations to come.”

The LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program is a green infrastructure solution that allows residents to have access to reliable water and wastewater services while safeguarding the health and well-being of the local waterway and ecosystem. Work involves removing up to 600 straight pipes that are currently discharging sewage into the LaHave River and replacing them with septic systems.

“The province is proud to collaborate with all levels of government to help restore the beautiful LaHave River to a healthy ecosystem,” said MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This is a great step to building a stronger, healthier place to live here and in Nova Scotia.”

“I am so pleased to see the work commence on the very first replacement,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We have received replacement applications for more than 114 homeowners with straight pipes to date. Through our funding partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and homeowners, we expect to replace between 75 and 100 straight pipes this year alone. We are well on our way to making the Lower LaHave River straight pipe free by 2023.”

This project is jointly funded by the Department of Infrastructure Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Internet in the Municipality

Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Our citizens need reliable Internet access for educational purposes, for accessing government services, for operating businesses and for quality of life. 

On June 26, 2018 Council approved the Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy. This strategy will guide funding and project decisions related to Internet within the Municipality, and will see MODL invest up to $500,000 in Internet projects each year, together with provincial, federal and ISP partners. 

In July 2018, the province made Develop Nova Scotia, a Crown Corporation, responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to improve Internet access for Nova Scotians without reliable high-speed Internet. The Province also set aside $192 Million to invest in better Internet. Their goal is high-speed Internet reaching a minimum of 95% of Nova Scotians. Our Council recently received an update from staff on the progress being made on Develop Nova Scotia's work, and how MODL is working to ensure we receive funding for projects in our area.  Read the update  or Learn more about Develop Nova Scotia.

Community members have been very active on this issue, and the Municipality will continue to engage citizens on this important issue. If your community group would like to discuss an Internet project in your community, please contact Dave Waters, Director of Business Development at (902) 530-3043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Projects to Date

Council is pursuing multiple avenues for expanding internet service, with a total investment of $3,791,000 expected over the next two years, affecting up to 2,000 residents:

  • Sweetland Fixed Wireless Tower Project: Received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area. Connections: 131

  • Eastlink: The Government of Canada is helping the communities of Baker Settlement, Hemford, Hemford Forest, Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg in Nova Scotia get online with new or improved high-speed Internet. The Federal Government is investing approximately $1.48 million in the Municipality. The Municipality will invest up to $233,486 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in parts of Baker Settlement, parts of Hemford and Hemford Forest. The work being done in Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg will be solely funded by the Government of Canada and EastLink.

    • Project Update:

      • Eastlink Hybrid is now available in parts of Baker Settlement, and parts of Hemford and Hemford Forest. Connections: More than 260.

  • TNC Wireless: Two new Internet towers are coming to the Municipality that will provide fixed wireless internet services for Big Tancook Island, and for areas surrounding the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Facility through TNC Wireless. The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre tower is complete, with 40 connections to date. The Big Tancook Island tower was delayed due to construction issues, but is expected to be completed in November of 2019. TNC offers uncapped packages with speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 25Mbps.

  • A second project is the result of a partnerships with TNC Wireless and the Federal Government to bring a new uncapped fixed wireless Internet solution to the northern areas of the Municipality. The new service will see up to nine towers to serve the communities of Newcombville, Chelsea, Elmwood, Union Square, Walden, Nineveh, North River, Parkdale and Butler Lake. The project is expected to take three years to complete. Of the $2.15 million total program cost, the Municipality is contributing up to $193,857, with the Federal Government and TNC Wireless Ltd. providing the rest of the investment. As the project progresses, TNC Wireless will post a coverage map and construction information on their website at http://www.tncwireless.ca/

    • Project Update

      • Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre tower is complete. Connections: 42

      • Newcombville Tower up and running, working on connecting homes. Connections: 10

      • Chelsea Tower - waiting on power connection from NS Power.

      • Tancook Island Tower - waiting on power connection from NS Power.
      • Community meeting held for Nineveh Tower – waiting on siting approval

      • Five other towers have sites identified and in the process for approval.

Internet Map

We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality.  2017 Internet Map

Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial

We understand that these are not the only types of internet service in the Municipality, but we only mapped service above the CRTC’s suggested standard of 25mbps. If you have a correction for the map, please contact Dave Waters, Director of Business Development at 530-3043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Strategy Development

As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved. We also reviewed the provincial government's middle and last mile strategies, lessons we learned from the Sweetland Pilot Project, and community engagement and presentations.

An Options Report was debated at the May 15 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting, and from that discussion, a final Internet Connectivity Strategy was developed and presented to Council on June 26, 2018.

Lyme Disease is a growing problem in Lunenburg county. The Municipality has committed to funding and working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada on a three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.

View Dr. Cram's Presentation to Council  and listen to her speak on the April 23, 2019 Council recording.

View the presentations from BCAF and staff presented at the November 19, 2019 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting.

Learn about the progress of a Lyme vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

Which ticks transmit Lyme Disease?

The blacklegged tick (or deer tick) can transmit Lyme Disease. The American Dog Tick does not transmit Lyme Disease.

How do I do a tick check?

Carefully inspect yourself for any ticks, starting at your ankles and moving up. Take special care around your knees, armpits and head. Blacklegged ticks are very small, particularly during the nymph stage, so look carefully.

Will I get Lyme Disease if I get a tick bite?

If you remove a tick quickly (within 24 hours), you can greatly reduce your chances of getting Lyme disease.

How do I remove a tick?

The right way to dispose of a tick is to use tweezers. Grab the part of the tick that's closest to the surface of the skin and pull up gently without twisting. Then make sure to wash the skin with soapy water immediately. Do not use a match, fingernails, needles, Vaseline or gas.

What do I do if I’ve removed a tick?

Talk to your doctor if you suspect you've contracted Lyme Disease.

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease usually start 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten by an infected blacklegged tick. Most people experience mild flu-like symptoms soon after being bitten, while a small number may have more serious symptoms, sometimes weeks after the bite. Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease may include:

  • Rash, sometimes shaped like a bull's eye (Erythema migrans (EM rash))
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Why is there a vaccine for my pets but not for people?

There was a vaccine available licensed in 1998, but it was removed from the market in 2002. Today, French company Valneva is working on a new vaccine. For information on their work, you can visit https://www.valneva.com/en/rd/vla15

For more information on Lyme disease, please visit https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/lyme.asp

What MODL is doing

As noted above, the Municipality has committed to funding and working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada on a three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.

  • The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
  • We have funded a public education campaign which includes radio and newspaper ads, a social media campaign and pop up booths at community events. 
  • We have installed additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails to reinforce the importance of daily tick checks.

Lyme Disease Information presented to Council can be found at the following link, under "2017 Minutes, Agendas and Recordings", and then under "Policy & Strategy 05/16/17":   http://www.modl.ca/municipal-council/agendas-and-minutes/policy-strategy-committee