Customers are advised that the Bridgewater Public Service Commission (PSC) will be flushing watermains during the period of April 28–May 16, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight), 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.
The schedule is as follows:
NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.
Bridgewater approves 2019-20 budget; no tax rate increase, more money for paving renewal, and funding for permanent Transit among key items
BRIDGEWATER – The Town of Bridgewater concluded the 2019-20 budget process on Monday night by officially approving the budget document and setting the tax rate for the coming fiscal year, which will remain the same.
The residential rate is set at $1.65 per $100 of assessment for an eighth-straight year, while the commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment. The only changes in both the residential and commercial tax rates since 2010-11 have been decreases.
The Town will spend approximately $20.3 million next year on operations and $4.3 million on capital projects, making many key investments to further enable growth and improved quality of life in the community.
“Despite the pressures of a growing town, increased downloading of costs, and infrastructure challenges, the only changes to the Town of Bridgewater’s residential and commercial tax rates during the last nine years have been decreases,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“This year, Town Council also added public transit as a core, permanent service to Bridgewater and increased our pavement renewal budget by approximately 50%, and yet, despite all this, we were once again able to produce and pass a budget with no tax rate increase to our residents and businesses,” he explained. “This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and the direction Council is taking our community.”
Town Council, he added, will continue to advocate for changes to the funding models that see Bridgewater’s taxpayers saddled with an artificially high tax rate resulting from subsidization of roads and policing services outside the community.
“We strive to seek a fair balance across Nova Scotia that will benefit the province as a whole,” he said. “We will continue to push for changes in how funds from other levels of government are allocated to ensure fair and equitable funding, and a realization that our taxpayers are artificially subsidizing lower tax rates outside towns and cities in Nova Scotia.”
BUDGET 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
Tammy (Crowder) Wilson
CAO, Town of Bridgewater
During the months of March and April, the Town of Bridgewater will be upgrading the elevator that serves visitors and staff at Town Hall. This work will prohibit access to certain floors of the building for those with mobility challenges.
In order to ensure Town Council meetings remain accessible to all members of the public during this time, discussion sessions and regular meetings of Town Council scheduled for March and April will be relocated to the DesBrisay Museum, beginning on March 11.
If you serve on a Town committee, you may wish to check in with the committee chairperson to see if the location of your meeting during this time period has changed to ensure accessibility.
Visitors requiring assistance on site when at Town Hall are encouraged to check in with staff at the front counter entrance at 60 Pleasant Street, or phone ahead with questions by calling 902-543-4651.
After 17 months serving the Town of Bridgewater’s residents and business community as a pilot and demonstration project, on Monday night Bridgewater Town Council moved to declare Bridgewater Transit a core and permanent service in the community.
“This is big news for our residents and for the riders who have come to rely on transit to get around Bridgewater,” said Mayor David Mitchell. “Our residents and businesses have told Council emphatically that, yes, we need a permanent bus service in our growing community and I’m very pleased to say tonight that’s now become a reality.”
Since Bridgewater began its transit program in September of 2017, more than 37,000 riders have used the service to travel the on-the-hour 16-kilometre loop within the community.
The original consultant’s report on the feasibility of transit in Bridgewater concluded that the service would have to reach a target of 16,000 riders during its first year of operation to be considered successful – Bridgewater Transit achieved that in just eight months.
“We have heard time and time again how transit has had a profoundly positive impact on the quality of life of our residents,” Mayor Mitchell said. “And the numbers back that up – ridership has wildly exceeded the expectations detailed in the original consultant’s report.”
Residents have been been using the bus to shop, attend medical appointments, visit with loved ones, explore the range of services and parks that Bridgewater has to offer, and much more.
During the 2018-19 demonstration phase, Bridgewater Transit was budgeted to operate at a cost of about $13 per rider. The actual cost, however, was closer to $6 per rider thanks to strong ridership, advertising revenue, and program efficiencies.
“Now that Bridgewater Transit has been made a core service, staff projections show that the cost per rider may rise slightly because of the end of subsidies and future capital costs – that means that Council will have to choose wisely when it comes to making capital improvements to the bus service and search out other sources of funding to minimize the impact on our taxpayers where we can,” Mayor Mitchell said.
“It’s a task that both Council and staff are prepared to tackle,” he added, “because we know it’s for the good of our community.
The DesBrisay Museum, the Bridgewater Museum Commission, and the Town of Bridgewater are excited to announce that beginning on December 1 the DesBrisay Museum will be eliminating regular admission charges for all age categories – meaning that the museum will be free to the public to access year-round.
“The Museum Commission worked with staff and did the research and found that this is a model that has worked to boost the profile of museums elsewhere in Atlantic Canada and across the country,” explained Lynette de Montreuil, the Culture, Heritage, and Events Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater.
“We’ll still be encouraging visitors to make donations to the museum, to shop in our gift shop, and to support paid programming, private rentals, and special events,” she added, “but we wanted to make general access to the museum and the story of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County free to all to enjoy.”
The adoption of free admission is part of the vision stemming from the recently approved Museum 2.0 concept that was endorsed by Bridgewater Town Council and the Bridgewater Museum Commission.
The Museum 2.0 concept calls for the museum to expand its role in the community and seek out new and dynamic ways to engage the local and travelling public, while continuing to share the stories of heritage, art, and culture that define the community.
“We’re really excited with the way the Museum 2.0 vision has been articulated and the way the museum has already taken steps to revamp its programming and its approach to telling Lunenburg County’s story,” said Museum Commission chairman Peter Oickle.
“By going to free admission, we’re opening up the museum to all people in the community all year long,” he added. “We’re giving everyone the chance to come through our doors and learn about what makes Bridgewater and Lunenburg County special – from the millennia old Mi’kmaq presence in the LaHave River Valley, to the period of European colonization, to the industrial revolution through today.”
The DesBrisay Museum is open year-round, including Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., during the fall and winter months. For more information, visit www.desbrisaymuseum.ca.
The Town of Bridgewater has chosen its next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Tammy Wilson will officially begin her employment as CAO with the Town on Monday, November 26.
“Tammy’s wealth of experience in municipal government, her enthusiasm, leadership skills, and vision make her an ideal choice to be our next CAO,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“Bridgewater is a growing, thriving community – we’re proud of what’s happening in our Town and, on behalf of Town Council and staff, I can say that we’re all excited about the skill and expertise that Ms Wilson adds to our organization,” he added.
Over the next few weeks, Wilson will be wrapping up a four-year stay as CAO with the Municipality of the District of Chester. During that time, she will be assisting with that municipality’s CAO transition planning process.
A long-time public servant, Wilson’s career highlights include having served as CAO for both the Municipality of the District of Chester and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and a stint with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs as Provincial Planning Director. She holds a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Dalhousie University.
Wilson is originally from Amherst and has called the South Shore home for more than 20 years. She has been an active volunteer in Bridgewater, is a past Chair of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank and currently serves as a board member with the YMCA of Lunenburg County.
“I am excited to become part of the Bridgewater team and to be part of such a great, growing community,” she said. “There are several initiatives underway that I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working on with Council and staff – the Smart Cities Challenge, Energize Bridgewater, transit, strategic planning, and various economic development and regional initiatives. There are a lot of really great things happening in Bridgewater.”
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.