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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

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 are available at: www.modl.ca/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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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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May 1, 2020 / For Immediate Release

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA - The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg would like to remind residents that all municipal parks and municipal trails within our parks remain closed for winter maintenance.

Our parks are closed in the winter and reopen each year on the Saturday of the May long weekend. The following parks will open on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Wiles Lake Park
Molega Lake Park
River Ridge Common
LaHave Sunset Park
Ball Fields
Miller Point Peace Park
Indian Falls
Indian Path Common Park
Church Lake
Rose Bay Wharf
Sawpit Wharf Park
Petite Riviere Community Park
Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park
United Communities Marine Park
MARC

All beaches remain closed, and playground equipment remains closed.

Please do not visit our municipal parks until they open on Saturday, May 16, 2020. We are still in the process of removing trees that fell during winter storms, repairing access points and trails, and reopening washrooms.

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Media contact:

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328

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

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

April 28, 2020 / For Immediate Release

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

  • Council has extended the closure of the Administration Building until Monday, June 1. However, this date could change depending on provincial guidance on the safe opening of offices or easing in social distancing guidelines.
  • 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 has begun throughout the Municipality, replacing Spring and Fall cleanup.
  • The LaHave River Straight Pipe Replacement Program will continue, with safe work practices to ensure residents and contractor safety.
  • A deferral of PACE and Straight Pipe Loan payments of up to 90 days is available upon request. Resident can email Christine Corkum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a deferral.
  • We have committed to the financial support of two proposed Bell projects in the Municipality. Bell is submitting these projects for CRTC funding. Should the projects be approved, we look forward to sharing more information with residents.
  • Hundreds of residents have participated in the Recreation Department’s Rec at Home program on Facebook. This program supports the recreational and cultural pursuits of residents while showcasing the incredible talent within our communities.
  • The interim tax deadline has been moved from May 31, 2020 to August 31, 2020. The interim tax bills have been mailed; 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.

“The continued operation of municipal services is critically important to the Municipality,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We have been working diligently to find ways to continue moving projects forward for residents and businesses during these uncertain times.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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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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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

March 31, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – As part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has extended the closure of their Administration Building at 210 Aberdeen Road. We intend to re-open May 1; however, we will be reassessing as necessary.

“It’s clear that we must continue physical distancing for the safety of all residents,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our staff are all working remotely from home and continuing the business of the Municipality. For instance, we will be holding an upcoming public hearing through Facebook Live and conference call technology to ensure we continue to make progress of important projects.”

Building inspections are being prioritized and completed during the closure. If you have an urgent building inspection or dangerous premises inspection, please call (902) 541-1325 to book.

Building permit applications can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Staff will review and determine the required fees. Fees can be paid by cheque, either dropped off in the night drop box at 210 Aberdeen Road or by mailing.

Subdivision applications, development permit applications and zoning confirmations requests can be dropped off at 210 Aberdeen or emailed to Norma Schiefer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While all recreation programming has been cancelled until the beginning of May, residents can find daily fitness or creativity classes and performances at the District of Lunenburg’s Facebook page.

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

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

March 24, 2020 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - In order to offset the financial impact on residents and businesses during the COVID-19 situation, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will delay the interim tax deadline by 90 days. The interim tax deadline will move 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.

Additionally, the Municipality will offer a deferral of PACE and Straight Pipe Loan payments of up to 90 days upon request.

“This is a proactive measure to help individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 situation,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “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.”

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