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October 31, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg invites residents to attend one of three informal Connectivity Chats, set to take place throughout November across the Municipality, to talk about Internet access.

Each Connectivity Chat will run from 3pm to 7pm, and residents are encouraged to stop by anytime during those hours to chat with staff or Council members to learn more about approved and potential Internet projects in the Municipality.

“These meetings are an opportunity for residents to better understand how the Municipality is working to improve Internet access for residents,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I hope residents will stop in at one of the meetings and enjoy a slice of pizza or sandwich on us, and ask any questions they might have about Internet in their community.”

Wednesday, November 14
2 Papa’s New Germany
3 – 7pm

Wednesday, November 21
LCLC
3 – 7pm

Thursday, November 29
Rose Bay General Store
3 – 7pm

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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

September 28, 2018 / For Immediate Release

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Commencing on Friday, September 28, 2018, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will be providing water for drinking and cooking to municipal residents. This will be done through a coupon system and in partnership with local retailers. Municipal residents can pick up coupons at the Municipal Office at 210 Aberdeen Road and exchange them at various retail locations for water.  

The program will provide with 4L of bottled water per person per day up to a maximum of four 4L jugs per day per household. Only households experiencing a clean water shortage are eligible to receive the coupons.

Coupons are good for a one-week period (Monday to Sunday) and will expire each Sunday for as long as the program is running. After expiration, new coupons can be picked up on a daily, weekly or as-needed basis. Each coupon can be exchanged at select retailers within the Municipality for one 4L jug of water (no substitutes).

As of September 28, 2018 the locations in which the coupons can be used are:  

  • Sam’s No Frills, Bridgewater
  • Francis’ Your Independent Grocer, Lunenburg
  • Nick’s Your Independent Grocer, Mahone Bay
  • New Germany Freshmart
  • The Hubbard’s Independent
  • Chester Independent
  • Chester Foodland
  • Chester Basin Gas and Grocery

This program will be re-evaluated weekly.

A dry well survey has been created. The answers to this survey will help emergency management officials determine the extent and severity of the dry weather. They can also determine if there are certain areas which require more assistance than others, and can give consideration to helping those areas more directly. This information can also be useful if we have another drought situation in the future, as we can determine which areas are likely to be impacted first.  The survey can be completed at the Municipal Office, or you can click here  for a PDF version, or click here for a Word version.  If you complete the survey online, please email it to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to: 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS  B4V 4G8.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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September 13, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg invites residents to attend the upcoming Your Government, Your Ideas meetings, set to take place in October and November throughout the Municipality.

Each event will include a presentation from the Mayor, a Q&A session, and small group discussions about the Municipality’s strategic priorities for 2018/2019.

“These meetings are an opportunity for residents to learn more about the Municipality’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year, as well as to ask questions and provide us with their thoughts on various issues,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I encourage residents to join us at one of the meetings.”

 

Monday, October 1 Big Tancook Recreational Centre     6:30–8:30 p.m.    
Monday, October 29 Tri District Fire Service Station 1 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30 Conquerall Bank Fire Department 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 Lunenburg Fire Department 7–9 p.m.
Monday, November 19 Mahone Bay Centre 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20 Royal Canadian Legion – New Germany 7–9 p.m.

 

Residents that cannot attend this event can still submit their thoughts by filling out the Your Government, Your Ideas survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGYI2018

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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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

September 7, 2017 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg invites residents to attend the upcoming Your Government, Your Ideas meetings, set to take place in October and November throughout the Municipality. Each event will include a presentation from the Mayor, a Q&A session, and small group discussions about the Municipality’s strategic priorities for 2018/2019.

“These meetings are an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about the Municipality’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year, as well as to ask questions and provide us with feedback with their thoughts on various issues,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I encourage residents to join us at one of the meetings.”

Monday, October 16 6:30-8:30 p.m. Big Tancook Recreational Centre

Thursday, November 2 6:30-8:30 p.m. Barss Corner Community Hall

Tuesday, November 14 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dayspring Fire Hall

Tuesday, November 21 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oakhill Fire Hall

Monday, November 27 6:30-8:30 p.m. Italy Cross Fire Hall

Wednesday, November 29 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wileville Fire Hall

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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August 22, 2017 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg conducted the second reading and passed the proposed Wastewater Management District By-Law at its Council meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. The LaHave River Wastewater Management District By-Law gives the Municipality the authority to set regulations for on-site sewage disposal systems within the District boundaries.

At the same meeting, the Municipality also awarded RFP 2017-05-400 On-Site Sewage Disposal System Design for LaHave River Properties to Able Engineering Services Inc. for the amount of $79,350 for 2017/18 and 2018/19 years.

Residents within the Wastewater Management District are now able to officially submit their application for the program. Application forms are available at www.modl.ca/LaHaveRiver, or from the administration office at 210 Aberdeen.

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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