The draft budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year has been unveiled by the Town of Bridgewater today.
The complete draft budget document is available to download by clicking here. You can also get a copy by visiting the main office at Town Hall, located at 60 Pleasant Street in Bridgewater.
Town Council is now looking for feedback on the draft budget and encourages anyone with an interest in Bridgewater to add their thoughts to the conversation as Town Council deliberates on the budget over the next few weeks.
April 3 -- Budget meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.
April 10 -- Council meeting with budget discussion timed for 7 p.m.
April 18 -- Budget meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.
April 24 -- Budget discussion, tentative budget approval and setting of 2017-18 tax rate
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ENERGIZE BRIDGEWATER
Community energy initiative receives $20,000 in support
The provincial Department of Energy is helping the Town of Bridgewater advance a community energy initiative that will support local investment in sustainable energy solutions and drive economic activity.
Minister of Business Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced $20,000 in support today, March 27, for the town’s Energize Bridgewater Project.
Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative developing a shared vision of how the area should develop local, efficient and renewable energy.
“This project is breaking new ground for clean energy planning in rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “With local leadership and broad community support, Bridgewater is doing its part to help the province move toward a cleaner energy economy.”
Launched in 2016 the project is expected to result in practical energy demonstration projects, innovative new partnerships, and new knowledge and skills.
“The Town of Bridgewater is thrilled that the Department of Energy has recognized the environmental, social, and economic value of this project with today’s announcement,” said Mayor David Mitchell. “This initiative is unique in Canada and shows that Bridgewater is a leader in sustainability.”
This project is one of the ways government is supporting innovation in renewable energy as outlined in the Electricity Plan.
Once complete, the plan will be available to other municipalities and community organizations across Nova Scotia.
To learn more about Energize Bridgewater, visit www.energizebridgewater.ca.
The DesBrisay Museum is seeking to fill the following positions:
- Heritage Advisory Committee HAC Assistant (Term)
- Museum Interpreter (Term)
For a description of the HAC Assistant position, please click here.
For a description of the Museum Interpreter position, please click here.
If you're looking to give feedback on the Town of Bridgewater budget for the next fiscal year, check out the timetable in the attached graphic for some important dates and milestones. Budget approval and setting of the tax rate is tentatively scheduled for April 24, so now is the time to reach out to the Mayor, members of Town Council or the Director of Finance with your thoughts!
The draft budget document will be available at Town Hall or by download from the Town's website on April 3. A link to the document will be shared through the Town's Facebook page as well.
STORM-CLEARING UPDATE (FEBRUARY 17)
From the Departments of Engineering and Public Works
• King Street cleanup is complete, curbside parking areas are open
• Snow clearing in and around Bridgewater Elementary and Junior-Senior High School area is complete
• Streets are plowed as of 7 p.m. last night
• Opening of sidewalks is ongoing and will be the focus of crews over the next several days, including the weekend
• Pushing back of intersections to improve line-of-sight and vision is ongoing
• Hydrant clearing will start shortly
The Town wishes to thank the many residents who have been helping to clear both fire hydrants and catch basins near their properties. Thank you!!
Finally, the Town asks that drivers to continue to take care, particularly at intersections where pedestrians may be crossing, as snow banks are high normal vision lines are in some cases obscured.
SUMMARY OF STORM-CLEARING EFFORTS
An update from the Departments of Engineering and Public Works
• All roads in Bridgewater are open
• Sidewalk clearing has begun, with a focus around the school area and in the downtown
• King Street cleanup is essentially complete; curbside parking accessible
• All “open” Town/Public Service Commission facilities are plowed
• The focus of crews during the storm was to keep the priority streets open and allow for the provision of emergency services; if time permitted, other streets were opened
• Crews assisted with getting hospital workers to work
AS OF TODAY
• Crews continue cleaning Town hydrants
• Crews are continuing the process of clearing Bridgewater’s 30+ kilometers of sidewalks
• Crews are also preparing for tonight’s storm
• Catch basins will be opened prior to next rain event
• Pleasant Street parking area cleanup taking place beginning this morning
• The Town asks for patience as cleanup continues; this was a significant storm and another one is predicted for tonight
• Find off-street parking, especially overnight; this helps our crews to continue to do their work
• Many residents have been helping (for example, clearing fire hydrants) – the Town and its crews greatly appreciate the help
• Please drive with care, as snow banks are high and pedestrians are, in some cases, forced to use the road to walk for the time being
HELP KEEP OUR STREETS CLEAR DURING A STORM
Did you know that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, NO person shall park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street which obstructs winter maintenance DURING or AFTER a snow storm?
Your vehicle WILL be ticketed and towed away at your expense!
Do YOUR part to help Bridgewater's snow removal crews do their job safely by making sure that you DON'T park on the street during a winter storm.
MONDAY NIGHT'S COUNCIL AGENDA -- JUDICIAL REVIEW UPDATE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR DIRECTION
Bridgewater Town Council will next convene for a regular meeting on Monday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at Bridgewater Town Hall.
One of the agenda items for that meeting is an update on the judicial review of the South Shore Regional School Board's plan to effectively close Bridgewater Senior High School by relocating students in Grades 10 to 12 to Park View Education Centre.
Monday night's discussion will be both an update and an opportunity for Town Council to provide further direction to staff and legal counsel in light of new developments over the past week.
The public is welcome to attend and we invite you to share this message.
The Town of Bridgewater is looking for YOUR help as we ask for nominations for the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in three categories:
- Representative Volunteer Award
- Family Volunteer Award
- Corporate Volunteer Award
For additional information, including downloadable PDF nomination forms, please click here.
The Town of Bridgewater is undertaking a study to look at the potential of creating a public transit system for Bridgewater.
Join us on Wednesday, November 30th. from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NSCC Campus on High Street.
We want to hear your ideas: Would a bus help you? Where do you need to go? When do you need to get there? Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Okay, so what IS back-in angle parking and why is it being implemented?
As part of the Take Back The Riverbank project, back-in angle has been introduced on King Street between Old Bridge and Phoenix Street.
Back-in angle parking is exactly what it sounds like: parking spaces on an angle to the street that are designed to have vehicles back-in in order to park.
There are several reasons why back-in angle parking was chosen for this part of King Street.
First, it's a more efficient use of space! Traditional parallel parking takes up more curbside space, so back-in angle parking allows us to accommodate more cars on the street!
Back-in angle parking can be done in three easy steps:
1) When you're approaching an open space, slow and signal your intent to turn.
2) Stop just ahead of the parking space.
3) Reverse and turn into the space.
Something to remember: Treat back-in angle parking the same way you would treat parallel parking -- never cross the yellow centreline to pull nose-first into a back-in angle parking space on the "wrong" side of the road. It's illegal and you will receive a ticket.
When it's time to go, the added benefit of back-in angle parking is that your car is already pointing forward, nose-out, facing the street, so you have a clear field of vision in all directions and it's easy to see if there is traffic coming toward.
Also, it's important to remember that back-in angle parking is only being used for only the 11 spaces between Old Bridge and Phoenix Street. South and north on King Street, standard curbside parallel parking still exists, plus you have larger parking lots such as the North Parkade, the Town Centre Lot, and the O'Neill Parking Lot. In total, in and around Downtown Bridgewater there are more than 250 public and permit parking spaces on the West side of the LaHave River alone, so you have plenty of parking options to choose from!