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News release: Lunenburg County Accessibility Survey Launched

June 1, 2020 / For Immediate Release

LUNENBURG COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA – The Lunenburg County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee has launched an Accessibility Survey to hear from people with disabilities in Lunenburg County.

As part of the Committee’s efforts to develop improve accessibility in our region, it is vital that the Committee hears from the community about their experience living with disabilities. The survey will allow the Committee to identify barriers from the community perspective, and the information gathered will be part of the development of a regional Accessibility Plan.

If you are a person with a disability, family member or caretaker of someone with a disability, or an organization that represent people with disabilities, please complete the online survey at SurveyMonkey. The survey closes June 30, 2020.

The project is a collaboration between Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Lunenburg, Municipality of the District of Chester, and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

For more information about the project, please visit our website at Accessible Lunenburg County, call (902) 530-2088 to reach our dedicated phone line, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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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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News release: Municipal Parks Update

May 13, 2020 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is pleased to announce that we will be opening our parks on Saturday, May 16, with some exceptions.

Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park will remain closed, as will the MARC ballfields. 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. All beaches remain closed, and all playground equipment remains closed.

Social distancing restrictions are still in place at our parks and on trails. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, and you must stay six feet apart from people who are not part of your household. 

Church Lake Opening May 16
Indian Falls Opening May 16
Indian Path Common Park Opening May 16
LaHave Sunset Park Opening May 16
MARC Opening May 16
Miller Point Peace Park Opening May 16
Molega Lake Park Opening May 16
Petite Riviere Community Park Opening May 16
Sawpit Wharf Park Opening May 16
Rose Bay Wharf Opening May 16
United Communities Marine Park Opening May 16
Wiles Lake Park Opening May 16
MARC Ball Fields Closed
Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park Closed
River Ridge Common Trails open, natural playground closed
All beaches Closed

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
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(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality Passes 2020/21 Budget

May 12, 2020 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg approved the 2020/21 operating and capital budgets at its Special Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

The Municipality approved its annual operating budget of $31,176,000 with no projected surplus. The capital budget is $14,208,700 including $3,250.600 investment in non-owned infrastructure, such as roads, Internet and trails.

“Through the budget process, Council must balance provincial and federal legislation, long-term initiatives, immediate needs and opportunities, and feedback from public engagement sessions,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.

“We are spending prudently in the areas that are a clear priority to our residents. We have heard loud and clear that access to high speed Internet, improving our roads, cleaning up the lower LaHave River and battling Lyme Disease are important to residents, and to the economy, and we have invested wisely in these areas. On each of these issues, we have developed strong partnerships with other municipalities and other levels of government.”

“We’re also acutely aware of the financial challenges facing some residents due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. We have delayed the property tax deadline, and interest on the newly issued interim invoice will not be applied until September 1, 2020. We’ve made a cash donation to our local food banks, and increased our Community Investment Fund by 50%, from $100,000 to $150,000.”

The approved budget continues the Municipality’s track record of strong financial management, while continuing to meet the needs of residents. Council continues to be on track to be debt free by 2021 while maintaining stable tax rates and contributions to reserves.

The 2020/21 budget focuses on four key themes:

  • Making Life Affordable–by maintaining tax rates, reducing sewer rates, and delaying the interim tax deadline by 90 days due to COVID-19.
  • Building the Local Economy–through partnerships with the business community and initiatives such as high-speed Internet, significant investment in rural roads, and investment attraction and agriculture.
  • Protecting the Environment–through the LaHave River Straight Pipe Program and investments in wastewater treatment, floodplain mapping, and incentives for community litter clean-up.
  • Investing in our Community–by supporting a tick awareness campaign and bait station research program, continuing to invest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Retention campaign, and by providing various recreational opportunities across the Municipality through programming, parks and facilities.

The Municipality ended the 2019/20 fiscal year with a forecasted surplus of $1.6M, which is the fifteenth consecutive year with an operating surplus.

Budget highlights

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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: Municipality Announces First Community Hero

May 5, 2020 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has named their first Community Hero.

“Each week, we’re asking residents to submit the name of an individual or organization that is deserving of recognition for the positive things they’re doing in our community during this challenging time,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Every Monday we’ll randomly select a winner from the names submitted, and our very first recipient is Audrey Wheeler.”

Audrey was nominated for having sewn 247 face masks, which she distributed herself to those who need them throughout the South Shore. Audrey is well known in the community for her fundraising and charitable work.

How to Nominate a Community Hero

Anyone can submit the name of an individual, family or group in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg that they consider a ‘hero’ (example: front line workers, essential services workers, a helpful neighbour, those creating positivity, etc.) The nominees will be entered into a weekly draw for a $50 gift certificate from a local business.

How to submit a nomination:

Provide three pieces of information

  • Name of individual, family or group
  • Associated organization (if applicable)
  • Reason for nomination

You can nominate in one of the following ways

  • Comment on each weekly Monday Facebook post
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (902) 541-1343

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: Municipality to Cost Share in Road Upgrades

April 30, 2020 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has committed to cost-sharing the paving of four J Class Roads: Charlie Lane, Lohnes Drive, Hillside Drive and Pernette Drive. These roads will be paved with the cost shared between MODL and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

In addition, Council has confirmed its willingness to participate in the Province’s recently announced $10M Paving Project. After reviewing road priorities, Council has provided a Road Submission List for consideration. The Road Submission List includes the following roads: Gail Avenue, Bell Avenue, MacCulloch Road, Harold Whynot Road, Jubilee Road, River Lane, William Hebb Road, Fire Hall Road and Delong Lane.

“I’m pleased to see additional money being allocated for road improvements,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “The J Class roads are confirmed, and we’ll move ahead with paving those roads this year. We hope to receive confirmation on the other nine roads submitted for consideration in the near future. Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities; for safety, to maintain property value and for tourism.”

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality Launches Community Heroes Initiative

April 29, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Inspired by the Municipality of Shelburne’s initiative, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has launched a Community Heroes Initiative.

“We want to show appreciation and highlight the positive things people are doing and support local businesses during this challenging time,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We understand the importance of social support and being a part of bringing the community together.”

Anyone can submit the name of an individual, family or group in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg that they consider a ‘hero’ (example: front line workers, essential services workers, a helpful neighbour, those creating positivity, etc.) The nominees will be entered into a weekly draw for a $50 gift certificate from a local business.

How to submit a nomination

Provide with three pieces of information

  • Name of individual, family or group
  • Associated organization (if applicable)
  • Reason for nomination

You can nominate in one of the following ways

  • Comment on each weekly Monday Facebook post
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (902) 541-1343

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328

News release: Municipality Operational Update – Wednesday, April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg offers the following operational update.

  • MODL successfully completed what we believe is the first virtual public hearing in Nova Scotia history through Facebook Live and a conference call.
  • Council meetings are being held virtually, with audio recordings available at modl.ca after the meeting.
  • Building permits continue to be processed. We continue to meet our 14-day processing standard.
  • Bi-weekly bulky waste collection will begin April 27 throughout the Municipality, replacing Spring and Fall cleanup.
  • The Recreation Department is supporting the recreational and cultural pursuits of residents while showcasing the incredible talent within our communities. These courses and classes are led through videos and live classes on Facebook by local instructors, musicians and organizations, continuing our support of the local economy.
  • Work with TNC on installation plans for our fixed wireless towers project continues.
  • The interim tax deadline has been moved from May 31, 2020 to August 31, 2020. The interim tax bills will be mailed at the end of April; however, no interest will be applied until September 1, 2020. We encourage those residents who are able to pay their tax bill upon receipt to do so.

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: MODL Launches Public Engagement Website

April 2, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – While residents continue to follow vital physical distancing guidelines, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has been working to find creative ways to connect with residents online.

The Municipality accelerated their planned launch of their new public engagement website, EngageMODL (engage.modl.ca), and the site is now live with three projects.

“We’ve experienced a noticeable decline in attendance at our public meetings, town halls and other engagement events over the past few years, and an increase in online discussion through our online surveys and Facebook page,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “With more than 50 municipalities across Canada using online engagement sites successfully, we felt it would be a welcome addition to our public engagement practices. The plan is not to replace in-person or phone engagement, but to complement it.”

EngageMODL is designed to engage discussion between residents and the Municipality on specific topics. It provides a platform for residents to read summaries or background reports about specific projects, discuss their questions or concerns about municipal projects and initiatives, and stay more informed.

The site is moderated by a third party to ensure the conversations remain appropriate, on topic and free from any harassment or inappropriate content. Users register and post comments, with their anonymity protected through their own chosen screen name. The Municipality does not have the ability to see personal information or email addresses submitted to the site.

EngageMODL currently hosts three projects that residents can engage with: Staying Connected during COVID-19, Private Roads By-law, and Stonemont Retirement Living Complex.

Future projects will utilise some of the many tools offered by the site, including surveys, stories, Q&A and a mapping tool allowing residents to pin locations and add comments.

Projects will be continuously added to the site to keep the community updated on current projects and events.

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: Municipality Donates $10,000 to Local Food Banks

March 31, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has donated $10,000 in emergency funding to local food banks to assist families that have been affected by COVID-19. Food banks in New Germany and the towns of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg will receive a portion of the funding based on the number of residents served by each food bank.

“We want residents to know that we understand how important it is that they can continue to put food on their table during this difficult time,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Council voted unanimously to make this donation to help our local food banks support those residents experiencing urgent need.”

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Media contact

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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