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May 14, 2019 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg approved the 2019/20 operating and capital budgets at its meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

The Municipality approved its annual operating budget of $31,189,600 with a $89,800 surplus. The capital budget is $14,576,200. This 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.

“This Council is dedicated to ensuring the Municipality is a place where people choose to live. Through the Budget process, Council must balance provincial and federal priorities, long-term initiatives, immediate needs and opportunities, and feedback from public engagement sessions. 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, moving forward with the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program and the introduction of an innovative project around Lyme Disease that is comprised of an educational campaign and bait station research. We are also investing in the future with the construction of a new Municipal Services building, funded through reserves. We are committed to using taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly.”

The 2019-20 budget focuses on four key themes:

  • Making Life Affordable–by maintaining the tax rates and increasing tax rebates for low-income residents.
  • Building the Local Economy–through partnerships with the business community and initiatives such as high-speed Internet, investment attraction and agriculture.
  • Protecting the Environment–through the LaHave River Straight Pipe Program and investments in wastewater treatment and floodplain mapping.
  • Investing in our Community–by supporting a tick awareness campaign and bait station research program, and by providing various recreational opportunities across the Municipality through programming, parks and facilities.

The Municipality ended the 2018/19 fiscal year with a forecasted surplus of $1.2M, which is the fourteenth consecutive year with an operating surplus.

Budget highlights are available at: https://www.modl.ca/i-want-to/read/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

March 12, 2019 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – After extensive study and public engagement that began in the spring of 2017, Council voted to build a new Municipal Services Building in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg at their Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Council meeting.

The current building, located at 210 Aberdeen Road, does not meet National Building Code or Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act. Space, air quality and security issues are some of the primary deficiencies with the existing building. A report produced by Catalyst Consulting determined that it would be more expensive to renovate and expand the existing building to meet accessibility and code requirements than it would be to invest in a new building.

The building will be located on municipally-owned land at Osprey Village, and will cost $7.2 million to construct. The design of the building was developed to use as many locally-sourced materials and tradespeople as possible, and to achieve an energy use that is 30% less than National Building Code requirements. In addition to being fully accessible, the design of the building will enable the Municipality to offer improved service for the thousands of residents who utilize the building each year.

“Municipal services have changed substantially in the 48 years since this building was constructed,” says Mayor Carolyn-Bolivar Getson. “We believe that the construction of a modest building will be the most effective use of the money we have set aside for this project. Previous and current Councils have set funds aside for this project for many years, which means the Municipality will not incur debt or raise taxes to build a new Municipal Services building. The Municipality continues to be on track to be debt-free by 2021.”

For more information, please visit www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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February 5, 2019 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is holding an Open House to allow interested residents to review the designs for the new Administration Building.

Tuesday, February 26
7-9pm
Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
Multipurpose Room

Public feedback is open until Friday, March 1. Residents can submit their thoughts on the design by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by attending the open house at the LCLC on Tuesday, February 21 from 7 to 9pm. The Administration Building Backgrounder is available online at www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen, and paper copies are available at the municipal office.

A consultation report summarizing the public feedback received will be provided to Council, along with a presentation from the Project Manager, in March 2019. At that time, Council will make a decision on whether or not to move forward with the new building.

For more information, please visit www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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January 22, 2019 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is pleased to announce that at the January 22, 2019 Council meeting, Council approved a motion to increase the Property Tax Exemption for low-income homeowners.

Homeowners with household incomes under $29,999 (previously $24,999) are eligible to receive up to $500 relief from their property tax bill, based on their household income.

“The Property Tax Exemption is one of the ways the Municipality supports our residents who are facing financial hardship,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We hope to see more residents that qualify take advantage of this rebate by applying for the Property Tax Exemption.”

Household Income

Maximum Exemption Value

Previous Exemption Value

Under $9,999

Up to $500

Up to $400

$10,000 - $14,999

Up to $400

Up to $300

$15,000 – $19,999

Up to $250

Up to $200

$20,000 - $24,999

Up to $150

Up to $100

$25,000 - $29,999

Up to $100

N/A

To apply for the Property Tax Exemption, visit the Administration Building at 210 Aberdeen Road, or visit https://www.modl.ca/i-want-to/apply-for/property-tax-exemption

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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December 14, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – 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.

“While we were developing the Municipality’s Internet Connectivity Strategy in the spring, a number of opportunities for improving internet connectivity in the short-term were identified,” said Dave Waters, Director of Business Development, Tourism and Infrastructure. In October of 2018, MODL issued a Request for Proposal to identify private sector partners interested in providing service in Whynotts Settlement, Big and Little Tancook and surrounding areas.

This project, undertaken with partner ISP TNC Wireless, will see the construction of a 40-metre tower at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre and a 30-metre tower on Big Tancook. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

TNC offers uncapped packages with speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 25Mbps.

“Improving access to high speed internet is one of Council’s strategic priorities,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “In just two short years, MODL has undertaken a pilot project to provide a fixed wireless service in Sweetland and the surrounding area, and supported two successful applications to the Federal Connect to Innovate Fund, which are currently in development. I’m pleased that we’re continuing to fund more connections for our residents.”


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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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Councils move to assume responsibility for management of Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, work toward model for integrated recreation services

October 4, 2018 – At a special joint meeting between the Town of Bridgewater (TOB) and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) on Wednesday night, the Councils voted to amend the Lunenburg County Multi-Purpose Centre Corporation (LCMPCC) Agreement.

The amendments will see the two municipal units work together towards an in-house integrated management model for the delivery of all services envisioned by the LCMPCC agreement. The management and administration of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) will be carried out under the jurisdiction of a management board, which will consist of three elected representatives of TOB Council and three elected representatives of MODL Council.

In the coming weeks, CAOs Kevin Malloy (MODL) and Richard MacLellan (TOB) will develop a detailed implementation plan which will see the LCLC managed through an in-house model operated by MODL, and overseen by the new board.

“We believe that an in-house model will allow the LCLC and our recreation services to work jointly and more efficiently, which will ultimately be better for the taxpayer,” said Bridgewater’s Mayor, David Mitchell. “Integrating the recreation programming of the two municipal units and the LCLC will lead to better outcomes and better access to recreation overall for all the residents of Lunenburg County.”

“This model will give the Councils not only the accountability and responsibility, but also the authority to make decisions that are in the best interest of both municipalities. We appreciate the commitment and contributions that have been made to date from the public board members, and thank them for this service. We look forward to continuing to engage the community on their vision for the LCLC,” said the Municipality’s Mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.

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For further information please contact:

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

Richard MacLellan
CAO, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4363

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

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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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: www.modl.ca/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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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.

For more information, please visit www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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 November 1, 2017 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has released a report from Catalyst Consulting Engineers Inc. that outlines two potential options for dealing with the 47-year-old Administration building, located at 210 Aberdeen in the Town of Bridgewater.

“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."

Residents are invited to read the consultant’s report and share their ideas at two upcoming open houses, or by completing a survey online.

Monday, November 6, 2017
6-8 pm
MODL Council Chamber
210 Aberdeen Road

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6-8 pm
MODL Council Chamber
210 Aberdeen Road

Paper copies of the report and survey are also available at the municipal office.

For more information, please visit www.modl.ca/210Aberdeen.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328

October 24, 2017 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is conducting a review of the Municipality's Subdivision By-Law and Infrastructure Design Standards.

“The intent of this review is to update regulations that impact the design, maintenance and cost of publicly and privately-owned infrastructure, such as roads,” says Mayor Carolyn-Bolivar Getson. “We are aiming to create a user-friendly by-law that responds to current needs and future opportunities. I encourage residents who have been impacted by the By-Law, or anyone interested in contributing to the discussion, to come out and share their thoughts.”

Residents are invited to learn about the review and to share their ideas at two upcoming open houses.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
3-5 pm and 6-8 pm
MODL Council Chamber
210 Aberdeen Road

Additionally, a survey will be available at www.modl.ca from November 1 to November 15. Paper surveys will be available at the open house and at the municipal office.

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Media contact:
Douglas Reid
Planner
(902) 541-1325
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October 18, 2017 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Monday, October 23, media and the public are invited to join the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg in celebrating the first residential high-speed Internet connections to the Sweetland Tower. 

Residents in the surrounding areas may be eligible for the new high-speed Internet service, and are encouraged to sign up at novascotiahighspeedinternet.com/Sweetland. 

Date:                     Monday, October 23

Time:                     3 p.m.

Place:                    Walden Fire Hall, 3884 Woodstock Road

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Media contact:

Dave Waters
Economic Development
(902) 521-5945