It’s not always easy to cope with rat and mouse populations, and that problem can become especially pronounced as the creatures seek warmer confines when the fall and winter months set in.
Mice and rats are carriers of disease and can damage property and are definitely something you don't want to encourage around your home or in your neighbourhood.
The Town of Bridgewater has a bait/trap program in place, which sees bait stations placed on Town-owned lands throughout Bridgewater, but we can't do it alone -- private home and land owners are resposnible for doing what they can to help control the mouse/rat population as well.
What can you do?
Health Canada has a number of suggestions on how to address issues related to rats and mice, including the following:
Prevention is key in controlling rat and mouse problems in your home. The first line of defence is to get rid of easy entry points. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as a dime, while rats can enter through a quarter-sized hole. Even the small gaps created by worn thresholds under doors will allow mice access to your home.
Use metal weather stripping under doors, and weather strip windows. Patch cracks in foundations; stuff steel wool around pipes before caulking or plastering; cover dryer vents, attic vents, and soffits with fine mesh metal screening.
Make your home less appealing to rodents by removing cosy nesting sites in unused clutter around your house and garage. Consider cutting tall grass and weeds back from your house and secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Raise any woodpiles about 30 centimetres (one foot) off the ground and place them away from your house. Also, avoid placing fatty or oily food waste, eggs, or milk products in the composter and make sure your garbage is secure.
If you already have rats or mice in your home, there are several options for control:
There are several types of traps that can be used to control rats and mice. Snap traps and electronic traps are easy to use and very effective if well positioned and set properly. They generally kill rats and mice instantly. Live traps have trap doors that are triggered when rats or mice walk over them.
Ultrasonic devices give off sound waves or vibrations that rats and mice dislike. Rats and mice may, however, adapt to the devices and return. It is recommended that ultrasonic devices be used along with other pest control options.
Important − if you use a pesticide to control your pest problem, read the label to make sure you are choosing the right product for the right pest. Follow all label directions and warnings carefully.
Always look for a Pest Control Products (PCP) number on the label so you know the product has been approved by Health Canada.
Anticoagulant rodenticides prevent the clotting of blood. These products are sold to the general public in a solid form such as a paraffin block. Anticoagulants are usually highly toxic. Keep away from children and pets.
Other products containing non-anticoagulant poisons available to the general public include the active ingredients cellulose from powdered corn cobs and bromethalin.
For more information, please visit Health Canada’s website, www.canada.ca/health.
What do I do if I find a dead rat on my property?
While wearing protective gloves or using an implement (for example, a shovel), put the rat carcass in your compost/green bin for waste collection.
In order to help motorists better plan their routes in Bridgewater during the ongoing pavement management work, we’d kindly ask travellers to take note of the following locations and planned work:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
Milling will take place on:
- King Street (Old Bridge to Dominion Street)
- Alexandra Avenue (Jubilee Road to Acadia Street)
- Jubilee Road (Town Line to Exhibition Drive)
Paving will take place at:
- North Street (Acadia Rentals to Credit Union)
- King Street
- Alexandra Avenue
- Jubilee Road
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
Milling will take place on:
- North Park Street (St. Phillips Street to Civic #44)
- Logan Road (St. Phillips Street to Purolator)
Paving will take place at:
- Town Hall Parking Lot
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Paving will take place at:
- Glen Allan Drive (Aberdeen Road to Streatch Drive)
- North Park Street
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Paving will take place at:
- Logan Road
- Smith/Regent Street Intersection
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the work, but we ask all to understand that these projects are key parts of this year’s pavement management plan in Bridgewater, which will see more than $680,000 invested in upgrading and maintaining street infrastructure.
We ask that all motorists plan to budget additional travel time when coming to or moving about within Bridgewater accordingly, and to exercise patience and respect for other motorists and work crews.
We invite you to share this message.
UPCOMING PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management improvements, including planing and paving on:
- Glen Allan Drive (Aberdeen Rd. to Streatch Dr.)
- Jubilee Road (Town Line to DesBrisay Dr.)
- King Street (Old Bridge St. to Dominion St.)
- Logan Road (St. Phillips St. to Purolator)
- North Park Street (St. Phillips St. to Civic #44),
- Alexandra Avenue (Jubilee Rd. to Acadia St.)
- Elm Street (LaHave St. to Civic #83)
- North Street (Aberdeen Rd. to Acadia Rentals)
- and Veterans Memorial Bridge (bridge deck)
Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Sunday, August 26, with a two-week completion date, weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.
The purpose of the work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide better ride ability.
The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the work, however you should expect some traffic delays.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Traffic delays, dust, noise and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work, on schedule.
Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection will continue. Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town’s website: www.bridgewater.ca.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:
Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
Office Phone: (902) 541-4370
Office Fax: (902) 543-0421
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.
Investing in innovative municipal infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced over $12.1 million in funding for 159 new initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
A total of 159 initiatives have been approved for funding through three infrastructure programs funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). Funding for these new initiatives amounts to $12,139,728.
Bridgewater is among the communities receiving funding through the MCIP. The town will receive $125,000 to fund community-scale climate mitigation developments and to study and develop financing mechanisms for green innovation projects.
The Government of Canada believes that local leaders know best what their communities need and is committed to working with them to strengthen their infrastructure. Municipalities are implementing some of Canada's most advanced green solutions, reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local priorities such as improving public transit, saving energy and improving waste management.
The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done in municipalities large and small.
BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL -- SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
On Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend a Special Meeting of the Council of the Town of Bridgewater with the purpose to consider an appeal of the Site Plan Approval for a 59,000 square foot retail store at 236 Dominion Street.
It was almost one year ago when Stephen Sander, the former high school teacher turned real estate mogul, reached out to Bridgewater and expressed his desire to do something remarkable for the community that gave him his start in Canada.
Today, it was revealed, he is in fact giving back to the greater Bridgewater community in multiple ways.
“Bridgewater is where my Canadian journey began, and it will always hold a special place in my heart as my Canadian home town,” Mr. Sander explained. “I would not have been able to go on to build such a successful business or have such a wonderful family without the generosity of this community. They gave me a new start after so many hardships and for this I will be forever grateful.”
Mr. Sander, through his business, Hollyburn Properties Limited, has committed $1 million to the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore for the creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital and $200,000 to the Bridgewater Elementary School playground project.
Work on the playground will begin once the school year ends, while renovation of existing operating room space and conversion into a MIS Suite will begin later this fall.
The creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite has been a priority at South Shore Regional Hospital for a long time. MIS is now standard in operating rooms, using laparoscopic technology for its procedures. This equipment completes the surgery through a few small incisions rather than one large opening, resulting in less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays for patients.
Arleen Stevens, Executive Director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, is amazed by the generosity of Mr. Sander to help make the $1.4 million wish a reality.
“This is by far the largest initiative the Health Services Foundation has ever taken on, and to have Mr. Sander and his family give this project its final donation is wonderful,” she said.
“Since discussions began, it has always been clear that Mr. Sander wanted to give back to ensure Bridgewater, the town that has meant so much to him, keeps growing and thriving,” Stevens explained.
“This wonderful donation will do just that by increasing the quality of healthcare locally and ensuring we can retain and attract surgeons on the South Shore with the latest technology available. This project means so much to the residents of the South Shore and we can’t thank Mr. Sander enough for his extreme kindness and vision.”
Meanwhile, at Bridgewater Elementary School (BES), a Sander family gift of $200,000 will go directly toward the completion of Phase 1 of the Playground Project.
Travis Vaughn, of the Bridgewater Elementary School (BES) Playground Committee, advised that the donation will have an immediate positive impact on the health and well-being of BES students, and the local community, who use the playground space on a daily basis.
“The BES Playground Committee naturally linked the need for a playground and community park with Mr. Sander’s incredible story and gesture,” Mr. Vaughn said.
“The Playground Project will include natural-play features, an outdoor classroom, traditional play equipment, painted games, landscaping, and more,” he explained.
“The members of the BES Playground Committee are beyond grateful for this sizeable donation, and combined with the group’s other fundraising efforts, the challenge of providing a new facility and community park will be realized in much less time than originally anticipated.”
Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell said that the two projects are important building blocks in helping to grow the town and ensure its people can live healthy and active lives – both today and for years to come.
“A year ago, when Mr. Sander, his daughter, Karen, and the Hollyburn organization reached out to the Bridgewater area, it quickly became clear that they wished to do something special for our area that would touch lives across generations,” recalled Mayor Mitchell.
“Through the whole process that brought us to today, they’ve been responsive and engaging, and really wanted to understand how best to positively impact the most lives in Bridgewater and the surrounding area. I think they’ve accomplished just that.”
SMART CITIES CHALLENGE -- BRIDGEWATER NAMED A NATIONAL FINALIST
We are pleased, excited, and proud to share this morning that the Town of Bridgewater is one of the finalist communities selected for the #SmartCitiesChallenge!
In being named a finalist for the #SmartCitiesChallenge, the Town of Bridgewater will be getting $250,000 in federal funding to further detail, enhance, and refine our final proposal in pursuit of the $5 million prize in our category.
Our goal? To lift 20% of our residents out of energy poverty by 2028.
To learn more about energy poverty, how it impacts about 2 out of 5 people in our community, and what we hope to do about it, we welcome you to visit http://www.bridgewater.ca/smartcities.
UPDATED: Bridgewater is one of just FIVE communities across the country still competing in the $5 million prize category. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/05/backgrounder--smart-cities-challenge-improving-the-lives-of-canadians-through-innovation-data-and-technology.html
The Town of Bridgewater is streamlining its Bridgewater Transit service to better reflect the needs of the community and its transit ridership.
Starting on Friday, May 25, Bridgewater Transit will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and no longer offer service on Sundays.
“Our ridership numbers have been tremendous during the first eight months of the transit program – better than what was projected by consultants prior to the launch of the service,” said Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell.
Since last October, Bridgewater Transit has averaged 62 riders per day, with peak days frequently reaching or exceeding 100 users per day as ridership continues to increase.
“What our staff have found through analysis is that our ridership levels are significantly lower on Sundays and in the late evening. So, we’re adjusting the hours of operation to reflect the numbers and to ensure we’re getting the most out of the service for our taxpayers,” the Mayor added.
In addition to the change in operational hours, Town of Bridgewater staff are also currently reviewing the timing of stops along the route for ways to make improvements.
The Town’s Transit Planner, Mackenzie Childs, said that transit users can expect to see some tweaking to the timing of the route in the coming months.
“We’ve heard a lot of feedback from the community since the first schedule tweaking took place in November,” she said. “From trying to better accommodate Michelin staff, to syncing more with school start times, and we’re in the process of planning some changes to try to accommodate those needs as best as we can within a fixed-loop, single bus schedule.”
We'd like to share with you a tremendous opportunity for re-development in the heart of the LaHave River Valley in Downtown Bridgewater.
The properties at 527, 531, and 533 King Street are for sale, listed for $80,000. The adjacent property at 535 King Street is up for tax sale (arrears).
These properties are ideally situated in our downtown for mixed-use (commercial and residential) re-development.
“As of right” permitted uses for these properties includes: bakeries, cultural facilities, multi-unit residential development where the ground floor of the building frontage has a commercial use, offices, places of entertainment or personal services, retail, restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries, and more!
N O T I C E -- PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
BRIDGEWATER SPRING WATERMAIN FLUSHING SCHEDULE 2018
Customers are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of April 28 to May 10, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and in accordance with the schedule below.
Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the flushing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually, and main water valves in basements should be turned off when flushing is being undertaken in their area.
If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (902) 541-4370.
APRIL 28, 29, MAY 1 – All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.
MAY 2 – All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.
MAY 3 -- All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive.
MAY 5, 6, 8 – East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.
MAY 9 – “Pressure zone” on east side of LaHave River, which includes Winter Street, Winburn Avenue above Glen Sarty Drive, Pine Grove Road, New Pine Grove Road, Highway 10 between Highway 103 and Champlain Drive.
MAY 10 – “Pressure zone” Dufferin Street Booster Station on west side of LaHave River which includes Pinecrest Subdivisions (DesBrisay, Olympiad, Sunset, Pinecrest, Cherry), Westmount Heights Subdivision (Atlantic, Westmount, Centennial, Micmac) and the upper end of Jubilee Road (from Desbrisay Dr. to Route 3).
NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.
The Town of Bridgewater concluded the 2018-19 budget process on Monday night by officially approving the budget document and setting the tax rate.
The Town will spend approximately $19.8 million next year on operational and $2.9 million on capital costs but will not increase the residential or commercial tax rates.
“The 2018-19 budget is financially responsible, balancing both what we can afford and the level of service our citizens have come to expect,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“The highlights in this budget include continued support for Energize Bridgewater, as well as a full year of public transit, and all without a tax rate increase,” he noted. “Increasing service to the community while maintaining the tax rate is all because of the hard work that staff put into making sure we live within our means.”
This budget was not without its challenges, the Mayor noted.
“Positions were reduced, which is never an easy or pleasant task,” he said. “Managers, councillors, and I were each asked to find ways to reduce our budgets. The process isn’t fun, but it’s necessary and this budget is good for Bridgewater.”
BUDGET 2018-19 DETAILS: