Internet Projects Underway
- In February 2020, Develop Nova Scotia announced the first round of Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative Projects which included an award to Bell Canada to connect Bell Fibre Op to more than 1000 homes in and around New Germany including parts of Barss Corner, Meisners Section, Simpson’s Corner, Union Square, Elmwood, Watford and Farmington.
- MODL has also supported seven projects that were submitted as part of the second round of applications, which closed in June 2020. We continue to work to improve access to high-speed internet for our residents and businesses. Since 2016 we’ve increased high-speed Internet connections from approximately 60% to 72%. These seven projects, if funded through Develop Nova Scotia, will increase our connectivity to provide fibre-based coverage to up to 95% of residents.
- Since March 2020, we have installed a fixed wireless tower in Chelsea, and expect completion of fixed wireless towers in Nineveh and North River in August, Union Square in September, and Butler Lake in October. Council has also approved two additional TNC fixed wireless towers in East LaHave and LaHave Island.
Elections Going Electronic
- This year, the municipal election will be entirely electronic, with telephone and personal computing devices such as smartphones, iPads, and computers for both the Advance Poll and on Election Day in the 2020 Municipal and CSAP elections to be held in October.
- The decision was made out of concern for the safety of both electors and election workers at the polling stations. Telephone and internet voting were used successfully in the 2016 Municipal and School Board elections during the Advance Polls. This October, voting will be open from 8:00 am Thursday, October 8, ending at 7:00 pm Saturday, October 17.
- All qualified electors who are on the List of Electors with a correct mailing address will receive a Voter Information Letter in late September. This letter will contain a unique PIN identifier which will be required to vote either by telephone or by internet.
Emergency Funding for Community Organizations and Fire Departments
- Council recently awarded more than $116,000 in emergency funding to support not-for-profit organizations and fire departments impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.
- Forty-four organizations received a total of $83,658 from the Community Facility Emergency Assistance Fund. Additionally, Council distributed $32,500 in emergency assistance funding to MODL fire departments, which is a 50% increase in their annual grant.
- Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities; for safety, to maintain property value and for tourism. In the 20/21 fiscal year, MODL has committed to cost sharing with the province more than 12 kilometres of J class roads, for a total investment of more than $3 million dollars.
- The Municipal Road Upgrade Project in Meadow Brook Subdivision which includes Meldrum Ave, Buena Vista Drive and Aspen Court is progressing well and is on schedule meet the substantially completion date of August 28. The re-grading of ditches and grade adjustment of culverts has been completed. A grade crew is scheduled to start preparing the roadbed for asphalt Wednesday August 19, and a paving crew is tentatively scheduled to start paving Monday August 24.
Leading in Accessibility
- MODL launched our new website, www.modl.ca, designed to be more accessible to all website visitors, including people who identify as having disabilities.
We worked with the Association of Municipal Administrators’ Municipal Website Venture, and the website was audited for barriers throughout the development process by the Canadian digital accessibility company, Access Changes Everything.
- The new website is focused on lowering barriers for people with different disabilities, such as visual, hearing, mobility, speech, communication, cognitive, neurological, intellectual, learning, and those with multiple disabilities.