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News release: Municipality Invites Residents to Participate in Your Government, Your Ideas Engagement Campaign

October 5, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is inviting residents to participate in their annual Your Government, Your Ideas engagement campaign this October, and tell us what’s important to them.

Each year, Council selects a short list of projects to focus on, based on information received from residents, community groups, provincial and federal government, and staff. After much discussion, Council approves the Municipality’s strategic priorities for the next 18 months, then work with staff to pass a budget in the spring based on these priorities.

Community members are invited to visit engage.modl.ca/YGYI2021 to learn about each of MODL’s current strategic priorities and add their comments or questions.

Two in-person events are scheduled for Thursday, October 14, at 3pm and 7pm, at the Municipal Services Building in Cookville. Each event will include a presentation from the Mayor, a Q&A session, and an opportunity for attendees to speak with staff experts on projects like MODL2040 and our Climate Change Action Plan. Please note: attendees must show proof of vaccination or valid medical exemption to attend the in-person events. The 3pm presentation will be streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend in person.

“Your Government, Your Ideas is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the Municipality’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year, as well to ask questions and provide us with their thoughts on various issues,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I encourage residents to spend a few minutes to give us their thoughts online or join us at one of the meetings.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Manager, Corporate Services & Communications
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(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality to Recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 17, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday on September 30, following unanimous approval of Council at its meeting September 14. The Municipal Services Building will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 30, and the flags will be lowered out of respect.

Also known as Orange Shirt Day, this is a day to honour Indian Residential School Survivors, their families, and those who didn’t make it home. As part of the work of reconciliation, specifically Call to Action #57 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Municipality recently released a Request for Proposal for an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) consultant to complete a comprehensive assessment and review of our equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and procedures.

“Our goal in engaging an EDI consultant is to support MODL in ensuring that EDI is integrated across the organization within our policies, procedures, practices, culture, and norms,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “While it is vital to embrace the significance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our reconciliation work must be ongoing, and incorporated in everything we do.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality Now Offering Electric Vehicle Charging Station

September 17, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – As part of Council’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the municipality by 40% by 2030, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is now offering a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station at the Municipal Services building in Cookville.

In Nova Scotia, every kilometre of driving a zero-emission vehicle may reduce up to 1.5 kg of CO2. Since gasoline and diesel contribute 29% of the total GHG emissions in the municipality, encouraging zero-emission vehicle use is an important commitment to help limit global warming.

Up to two vehicles are able to charge at the same time at the Municipal Services building charger, at a cost of $1.05 per hour, per vehicle.

“Switching from a gas-powered vehicle to a zero-emission vehicle is one of the most effective ways of reducing carbon emission,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Making electric vehicle charging stations available and affordable is one way we can encourage citizens to purchase zero-emission vehicles.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality Breaks Ground on Stonemont Retirement Lifestyle Community

September 8, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg held a ground-breaking event on Tuesday, September 7 to celebrate the construction of a Stonemont Retirement Lifestyle Community in Cookville.

The community includes a retirement residence featuring 150 all-inclusive and supportive apartments, as well as a 90-suite seniors apartment complex. Community amenities include a spacious dining room, bar/bistro lounge area, community rooms and theatre, golf and multimedia simulator, pool and fitness centre, beauty salon and spa, and more.

The community is expected to open in the fall of 2023, and will create more than 40 full and part time employment opportunities.

“We are so pleased to see this project moving forward,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “This new retirement home is a wonderful addition to the Osprey Village area and will provide seniors with new housing choices in a very desirable area.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

 

News release: Municipality Awards Third Round of Emergency Assistance Funding

August 4, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has awarded a third round of funding support for not-for-profit organizations that operate community facilities and fire departments impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.

In the first two rounds of funding, community organizations that operate community facilities received a total of $164,823 in funding. Additionally, $32,500 in emergency assistance funding was given to MODL fire departments.

In this round of funding, the total amount awarded was $125,083.

“Since introducing this program, the Municipality has donated a total of $322,406 to our community organizations that operate community facilities,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “As we see the light at the end of the tunnel of Covid, we hope this emergency funding will help these organizations as we move towards hosting events and fundraisers again.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

 

News release: Municipality Awards Annual Grant Funding

June 22, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – Each year, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg offers an Annual Operating and Major Recreation Capital Grant program to its non-profit groups to support the many volunteers and volunteer groups that make our communities better places to live, work and play.

This year, under the 2021-2022 Annual Operating Grant Program, the Municipality awarded $42,000 to 25 organizations. Under the Major Recreation Capital Grant Program, the Municipality awarded $35,000 to five organizations.

“Supporting our communities and community organizations is important to this Council,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “In addition to these grants, the Municipality has donated a total of $197,323 over the past year through our emergency community facility funding program.”

Read the pdf complete list of recipients (129 KB)

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

News release: MODL Temporarily Reduces Interest Rate on Overdue Tax Payments

May 25, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA - In order to offset the financial impact on residents and businesses during COVID-19, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has reduced the overdue tax payment interest rate from 10% to 0% from June 1, 2021 until August 31, 2021. After August 31, 2021, the interest rate will return to the normal rate of 10%.

“We appreciate that the vast majority of residents and businesses are paying their property tax bill on time,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “However, we understand that a significant number of our residents are facing reduced hours, loss of employment, and loss of business during this time, and Council is taking measures to alleviate the financial stress put on residents and business owners. Reducing the overdue interest rate helps both resident and businesses who are having difficulty paying their tax bill and those who are currently in arrears.”

Residents are encouraged to visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the provincial response to COVID-19.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: MODL Removes Property Tax Exemption Barriers for Low-Income Homeowners

May 25, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is pleased to announce that they have made it easier for low-income homeowners to apply for the Property Tax Exemption.

Previously, applicants were required to submit an application that included a signed Statutory Declaration witnessed by a Barrister or Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Mayor or Councillor (sworn as a Commissioner), or a Notary Public of the Province of Nova Scotia.

Effective immediately, applicants are only required to sign the application themselves, certifying that that have completed the application form in a truthful manner.

“The Property Tax Exemption is one of the many ways the Municipality supports our residents who are facing financial hardship,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “By removing the Statutory Declaration requirement, Council is removing an application barrier for a program that alleviates the tax burden for homeowners.”

Homeowners with household incomes under $29,999 are eligible to receive up to $500 relief from their property tax bill, based on their household income.

Household Income Maximum Exemption Value
Under $9,999  Up to $500 
 $10,000 - $14,999  Up to $400
 $15,000 – $19,999 Up to $250
 $20,000 - $24,999 Up to $150
 $25,000 - $29,999 Up to $100


To apply for the Property Tax Exemption, visit https://www.modl.ca/property-tax-exemptions.html. While the application deadline is August 1 each year, applications are accepted year-round, while funding permits. Applicants who have already submitted their application for this year do not need to apply again.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: Municipality Passes 2021/22 Budget

May 11, 2021 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg approved the 2021/22 operating and capital budgets at its meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The Municipality approved its annual operating budget of $32,577,400 with a $32,800 surplus. The capital budget and gas tax investment totals $8,853,300. This budget continues the Municipality’s track record of strong financial management, while continuing to meet the needs of residents. Council will be debt-free this October, while maintaining stable tax rates and contributions to reserves.

“This Council is dedicated to using taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly. Through the Budget process, Council must balance provincial and federal priorities, long-term initiatives, immediate needs and opportunities, and public feedback. The information gathered informs Council’s strategic priority setting process, which in turn informed the Budget document preparation,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.

“We have maintained the tax rate while investing in important projects such as expanding access to high-speed Internet, the continuations of the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program and significant investments in improving roads and our open spaces. Residential and commercial tax rates remain constant in this budget. The residential tax rate has not increased in 12 years, while the commercial rate has remained constant for nine years. We expect to be debt-free in October of this year.”

The 2021-22 budget focuses on four key themes:

  • Making Life Affordable–by maintaining the tax rates, removing financial barriers for children and youth, and property tax rebates for low-income households.
  • Building the Local Economy–through partnerships with the business community and initiatives such as high-speed Internet, a large rural road investment and investment attraction, particularly in Osprey Village.
  • Protecting the Environment–continuation of the LaHave River Straight Pipe Program, investments in floodplain mapping and climate change programs, and conservation development.
  • Investing in our Community–by providing various recreational opportunities across the Municipality through programming, parks and facilities, and investments in Active Transportation and Anti-Racism and Inclusion program development.

Read the budget highlights, or the 2021/2022 Municipal Budget.

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Media contact:

Elana Wentzell, CPA CMA
Director of Finance and Municipal Treasurer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
(902) 541-1322
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News release: MODL Office Closure

April 27, 2021 / For immediate release

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will close to the public beginning April 28, providing remote services for the next two weeks. Our current plan is to re-open the Municipal Services building on May 13; however, we will reassess as necessary.

A limited number of staff will continue to work in the office, while the majority of staff will be working remotely. All services will continue to be provided by email, phone and mail. Building inspections and LaHave River Straight Pipe Replacement Program installations will continue, following social distancing guidelines. Tax payments can also be made at a bank, online, via telephone banking or using our drop box (cheques only – please do not deposit cash in the drop box).

All recreation programming is cancelled. Our parks and trails remain open, and we ask that residents follow public health guidelines and use only those parks and trails in their community.
“We proved in 2020 that we can shift quickly to remote services and continue to provide excellent service to our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “It is vitally important that everyone do their part to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

Residents are encouraged to visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the provincial response to COVID-19.

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Contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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