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News release: Southside Road Approved for Paving

June 28, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is pleased to announce a J Class road submitted to the cost sharing paving program with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has been approved. Southside Road, beginning at Stonehurst Road and continuing for 2.37 kilometres, will be paved for a total cost of $275,000, with a Municipal share of $137,500.

“The Municipality recognizes the importance of roads to our residents for safety, to maintain property value and for tourism. Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I am happy to see this first cost sharing project with TIR, and look forward to moving forward with additional projects in the future to improve our roads.”

In the fall of 2017, the Municipality changed the Road Improvement Policy. The previous road improvement policies required a petition from residents confirming that the residents were willing to pay for 50% of the cost of the improvement on a J Class or Municipal Road. These policies did not permit Council to directly invest in paving of a J Class or Municipal Road unless there was a successful petition.

The new policy permits Council to invest directly in paving, without a commitment from residents to pay half. The policy establishes criteria so that Council has an evidence-based approach for selecting road priorities. The new policy retains the petition process in case there are residents who do not wish to wait for their road to come up through the prioritization process. (e.g. White Avenue is being paved this year as a result of a petition). Each year, Council reviews the road priorities and submits a list to the province for consideration for cost sharing. In 2017, several roads in Turner Heights were paved under the J Class cost sharing program.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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News release: Municipality adopts Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy

June 26, 2018 / For Immediate Release 

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg adopted a Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

“Providing reliable high-speed Internet access is critical to the growth and success of the region,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Providing this access will take time, funding and partnerships with other levels of government, private business, non-profit organizations and the community to develop solutions that will work for our communities. I believe the Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy provides the direction and framework for moving us forward.”

“In our Five-Year Financial Strategy, we have allocated $500,000 a year in capital and operating funds to Internet projects each year. We expect these funds to be used to leverage much larger investments by our Provincial, Federal and ISP partners, much like recently announcement Internet projects in our community,” said Bolivar-Getson.

The Municipality continues to research and seek out opportunities to further enhance the Internet service to residents and communities. We welcome others to help us identify potential projects as well. Projects could be brought forth by other levels of government, the private industry, individuals or non-profit community groups.

The strategy takes into consideration the provincial government’s Internet strategies and the I-Valley report financially supported by the Municipality, and builds on the knowledge and partnerships the Municipality has developed in pursuing the short and long-term funding opportunities. It is based on Council and Committee discussions, public engagement, research with various partners, Provincial and Federal funding opportunities and reports, and practical experience gained with the Sweetland pilot project.

The complete strategy is available at: High Speed Internet

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
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News release: Municipality breaks ground on first straight pipe replacement

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
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News release: Municipality to proceed to design stage of new Administration Building

January 23, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – At the Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Council meeting, Council voted to proceed to the design stage for a proposed new Administration Building in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Staff had presented a report developed with Catalyst Consulting Engineers Inc. that outlined a number of potential options for dealing with the 47-year-old Administration building, located at 210 Aberdeen Road in the Town of Bridgewater.

The report outlined numerous deficiencies with the current building, concerns with renovating the building or alternate buildings, such as closed schools, and forthcoming provincial accessibility legislation. Council also reviewed a public engagement report. All reports are available online at www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen and paper copies are available at the Administration Building.

“The condition of the building has been the topic of discussion for nearly a decade, beginning in 2009,” says Mayor Carolyn-Bolivar Getson. “The scope of municipal services has changed substantially over 47 years. Building deficiencies have been identified in air quality, security and work space. In addition, the building does not meet soon-to-be-introduced provincial accessibility legislation. After a thorough evaluation of the options and through extensive public engagement on the issue, Council felt that the construction of a modest building centrally located within the Municipality will be the most effective use of taxpayer’s dollars.”

Designs are expected to be completed for Council and public review in 2018.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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