60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3X9
Tel: 902-543-4651 Fax: 902-543-6876
Emergency After Hours Tel: 902-543-5142

UPDATE Re: Trails in Town parks

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON TRAILS WITHIN TOWN PARKS

The Town of Bridgewater has closed all trails located within parks until further notice. This will allow the Town to ensure it is in compliance with the Provincial Order to close municipal parks.

Unfortunately, this means that the trails located at Woodland Gardens, Glen Allan Park, Riverside Park, and Generations Active Park are now closed to public use. If you choose to use a trail within a Town of Bridgewater park, you could be fined.

The Centennial Trail, Brookside Cemetery, the Michelin Spurline Connector, the Micmac Connector, the Hollingsworth Connector, and the Porter Crescent Connector will remain open at this time. Users must abide by social distancing protocols. For updated information and a map detailing which trails are still open, visit www.explorebridgewater.ca/trails.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to abide by the rules and directions set out by the Province of Nova Scotia, Premier McNeil, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PUBLIC SPACES UPDATE RE: COVID-19

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FURTHER PUBLIC SPACES UPDATE
Effective today, March 22, 2020, all Town of Bridgewater playgrounds and parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, per Section 14 of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Act. This closure also includes Bridgewater Skate Park and the South Shore Vet Dog Zone dog park.

FACILITIES
Please also note that Town recreation facilities, such as softball and soccer fields, are considered to be parks and are, therefore, also CLOSED to the public at this time.

TRAILS -- REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW
Following direction from the Province of Nova Scotia, trails such as the Centennial Trail and those found at Woodland Gardens, Riverview Park, Glen Allan Park, Brookside Cemetery, and the track at Kinsmen Athletic Field, will remain open to the public for exercise, but social distancing protocols (six feet of distance from other users) MUST be adhered to by all trail users.

REMINDER
Bridgewater Police Service now has the authority to fine anyone defying social distancing protocols, as announced today by the Province of Nova Scotia.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
While social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors, it does mean that you and your loved ones should make smart choices when going outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

>> As you can appreciate, because of the nature of this situation, new information is being shared with us almost constantly. Please continue to check back here frequently for updates.

 

COVID-19 Town of Bridgewater -- Business Continuity Update

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FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON COVID-19 FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS, PLEASE VISIT THE PROVINCIAL WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE

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TO SEE DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN NOVA SCOTIA, INCLUDING A MAP OF CASES BY ZONE, CLICK HERE.

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COVID-19 COver ImageIssued: March 16, 2020 -- Please note, given the fluid and dynamic nature of this situation, the public can expect additional updates on Town services in the days to come. We invite you to check back here often for the latest information.

Updated: March 17, 2020 -- Update underscores access to Town Hall changes; modification of some work-from-home arrangements from staff.

Updated: March 19, 2020 -- Update to confirm that Town Hall is now closed to the public; reduced staff are still on site, others working from home; remote service remains available to the public; please call or e-mail using information below.

Updated: March 20, 2020 -- Update to reflect waiving of fees/fares for use of Bridgewater Transit; change in Bridgewater Transit hours (now Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily).

Updated: March 22, 2020 -- Update to reflect public gathering protocols and info regarding public spaces incl: parks, playgrounds.

Updated: March 31, 2020 -- Update on transition from education to enforcment for those not abiding by provincial/Chief Medical Officer regulations; track at Kinsmen Field is now closed to the public.

Updated: April 1, 2020 -- If at all possible, to help stem the spread of COVID-19, please shop alone and limit trips to the store; update that trailhead parking areas on town-owned property are now closed to public use.

Updated: April 2, 2020 -- Trails located in Town parks are now CLOSED to the public to ensure complaince with Provincial Order re: municipal park closures.

LOCAL HELP
If you're looking for assistance from a provincial program or local community organization/program during this time, it's important to be mindful that level of service of such organiations have likely changed as a result of COVID-19. For information on such organizations, we encourage you to visit www.bridgewater.ca/localhelp for a directory of service providers and the changes that have been put in place during the pandemic.

NEW! COVID 19 – FROM EDUCATION TO ENFORCEMENT

Under a Ministerial Directive from the Department of Justice issued on Monday, police across all of Nova Scotia have now been directed to issue fines under the Emergency Measures Act and the Health Protection Act for COVID-19.

Going forward, all policing organizations, including Bridgewater Police Service, will be transitioning from education to enforcement for members of the public who continue to disobey the directives of the Chief Medical Officer for Nova Scotia.

WHAT IT MEANS
You could be issued a fine by summary offence ticket if you:

- Fail to maintain a social distance of 2 meters or 6 feet;

- Fail to limit social gatherings to 5 persons or less;

- Trespass on provincial or municipal parks or beaches, all of which have been closed across the province by ministerial order;

- Park a vehicle at a trail in contravention with the direction of the Chief Medical Officer (you could be ticketed or your vehicle could be towed)

- Fail to self-quarantine or self-isolate in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Order

DO YOUR PART
We need EVERYONE to do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19. For your own sake, for the sake of your loved ones, and for the good of your wallet please – be smart, stay close to home, and obey the laws designed to help keep us all safe during this unique time.

PUBLIC INFORMATION
For detailed information on Bridgewater’s public trails network or information on which venue/facilities are closed to the public, please visit www.explorebridegwater.ca.

BUSINESS AT TOWN HALL

Town Hall is now closed to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19 (effective March 19, 2020) until further notice.

Select Town of Bridgewater public offices (Finance, Community Development, and Engineering) are operating with reduced staff at this time, with many staff members under work-from-home programs.

If you have service requests at this time, please phone call our main line at 902-543-4651, visit us online at bridgewater.ca, or directly contact the department you wish to speak with by phone at the following numbers:

Engineering: 902-541-4370
Community Development: 902-541-4369
Finance: 902-543-4651

TOWN COUNCIL
Effective immediately, delegations to Town Council are suspended until further notice. Town staff will be reaching out to those who were scheduled to present to Town Council as a delegation. Written requests to Town Council will still be received during this time.

There will also be no public access to the gallery during regular meetings of Town Council until further notice – Town Council meetings will continue to be live-streamed to the public via Facebook, so long as staff resources remain available to do so.

Meetings of Town of Bridgewater committees will be suspended until further notice.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT
At this time, we are asking that any member of the public who is exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever and cough, to keep the safety of everyone else in mind and refrain from using Bridgewater Transit

COVID 19 Be Smart Stay HomeTo do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Bridgewater has begun increasing the frequency of cleaning of Bridgewater Transit buses. We have also implemented social distancing on the Bridgewater Transit bus for riders. Social distancing means that only every other seat on the bus can be used by passengers, so capacity will be limited to 11 seated on the bus at a time.

Transit service is vital to our community and service will continue for the time being. However, we ask the public to recognize the situation is fluid and access to transit service may be altered in the future.

To that end, to help protect transit staff during COVID-19 and abide by social distancing protocols, Bridgewater Transit is temporarily waiving fares/fees to use Bridgewater Transit until further notice. Additionally, transit service will now be operating under slightly reduced hours, with service from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Bill payments, such as water bills, that are normally payable at the Town Hall Finance office can be made by visiting www.bridgewater.ca/payments or can be submitted by traditional mail or via the drop box at Town Hall.

Bill payments and municipal tax bill payments can also be made to the Town of Bridgewater through your local bank.

Limited access to Town Hall is available to the public, however we ask members of the public to call ahead before coming to Town Hall. For Department of Finance assistance, please call 902-543-4651.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Development Permit applications can be found online at www.bridgewater.ca/development

You can download such applications at home or at your office, fill them out, and submit them by e-mail, fax, or traditional mail using the contact information included in each application. 

Limited access to Town Hall is available to the public at this time and many staff are now on work-from-home plans. We ask members of the public to call ahead before coming to Town Hall. For questions about Development Permit applications or other Community Development services at this time, please call first at 902-541-4369.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Building Permit applications can be found online at www.bridgewater.ca/building.

You can download such applications at home or at your office, fill them out, and submit them by e-mail, fax, or traditional mail using the contact information included in each application.

Limited access to Town Hall is available to the public at this time and many staff are now on work-from-home plans. We ask members of the public to call ahead before coming to Town Hall. For questions about Building Permit applications or other Engineering and Public Works services at this time, please call first at 902-541-4370.

PUBLIC SPACES UPDATE
Effective today, March 22, 2020, all Town of Bridgewater playgrounds and parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, per Section 14 of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Act. This closure also includes Bridgewater Skate Park and the South Shore Vet Dog Zone dog park.

FACILITIES
Please also note that Town recreation facilities, such as softball and soccer fields, are considered to be parks and are, therefore, also CLOSED to the public at this time.

TRAILS
The Town of Bridgewater has closed all trails located within parks until further notice. This will allow the Town to ensure it is in compliance with the Provincial Order to close municipal parks.

Unfortunately, this means that the trails located at Woodland Gardens, Glen Allan Park, Riverside Park, and Generations Active Park are now closed to public use. If you choose to use a trail within a Town of Bridgewater park, you could be fined.

The Centennial Trail, Brookside Cemetery, the Michelin Spurline Connector, the Micmac Connector, the Hollingsworth Connector, and the Porter Crescent Connector will remain open at this time. Users must abide by social distancing protocols. For updated information and a map detailing which trails are still open, visit www.explorebridgewater.ca/trails.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to abide by the rules and directions set out by the Province of Nova Scotia, Premier McNeil, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TRAILHEAD PARKING AREA CLOSURES
With the directive from Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Strang that the public not travel by car to access trails at this time, Town of Bridgewater staff have closed and begun barricading town-owned parking areas at trailheads throughout Bridgewater.

Please heed the direction of the Premier and Dr. Strang and walk close to home for exercise, choosing to use only trails and areas that you can reach by foot or bike, while practicing social distancing.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
While social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors, it does mean that you and your loved ones should make smart choices when going outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TAXI LICENCING
Effective immediately, taxi licences will be extended for a period of 30 days.

For those expiring at the end of March, the expiration date will now be effective April 30.

>> As you can appreciate, because of the nature of this situation, new information is being shared with us almost constantly. Please continue to check back here frequently for updates.

Remembrance Day Events in Bridgewater

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There are a number of Remembrance Day events taking place in and around Bridgewater this year, like every year. Here's a small sampling of what you can expect to see here in Bridgewater over the next few days:

- On Saturday, November 9, beginning at 10 a.m., you can join local historian Peter Oickle at Brookside Cemetery for a walking tour focused on those who served and their stories. This walk is offered for free.

- Also on Saturday, November 9, the DesBrisay Museum will host an afternoon celebration of our Veterans, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and will include a performance by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band Quartet.

- At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the corner of Phoenix and Pleasant, a special screening of "A Time to Remember" will take place, featuring historic interviews with local veterans.

- The 9th annual Vigil of Remembrance by the 62 Niobe Royal Canadian Sea Cadets will take place at the Cenotaph from 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, until 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11. The public is invited to attend a small ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. This vigil is how the cadets say thank you to past and present Veterans each year.

- On Monday, November 11, the traditional Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph at Brookside Cemetery (corner of York Street and Victoria Road) will take place. The public is invited to arrive for 10:30 a.m., with the processional to the Cenotaph scheduled for approximately 10:40.

For those unable to attend in person, weather permitting, we will be live-streaming the service at the Cenotaph on the Town's Facebook page.

October pavement management -- locations

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Beginning on October 27, the Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating some additional pavement improvement projects over the next week, including planing and paving on:

- King Street (Starr St. to Fancy Rd.)

- Dufferin Street (Town Line to High St.)

- King Street (Jubilee Rd. to Pine St.)

- St. Phillips Street (Hanley Dr. to Franks Ln.)

- Glen Allan Drive (Etna Dr. to HB Studios Sports Centre)

- King Street (Brown St. to Park View School)

Work is weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. 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.

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 contact Project Manager Sandi Larkin at 902-541-4370.

To see planned paving locations on a map of Bridegwater, as well as other ongoing construction projects, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

Hockey Canada's TrailblazeHER Project coming to Bridgewater in October

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SUMMARY

- Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) to welcome Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team this October

- Event will include three national team practices and two exhibition games that will be free for the public to attend


DETAILS
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is going to play host in October to a major Canadian National Women’s Para Hockey initiative with support from the Hockey Canada Foundation, the event is designed to grow the game of sledge hockey and encourage women of all ages to embrace the sport and empower themselves.

The TrailblazeHER Project will see Canada’s Women’s National Para Hockey Team spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Bridgewater area, promoting inclusion and coaching education, supporting female mentorship, engaging fans, and offering anyone interested in the sledge game the chance to give it a try.

As part of the TrailblazeHER Project, the Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team will be hosting three practices and compete in two exhibition games against an Atlantic Canadian sledge hockey team – events that will be open to the public and free to attend.

“I’m thrilled that Women’s National Para Hockey team is bringing this exciting event to the LCLC and to Lunenburg County,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for all sledge hockey fans, but especially for young women, to meet the players from the 2019-2020 Women's National team and hear their inspiring stories.”

“This is just another example of the wonderful relationship that Bridgewater and Lunenburg County have with Hockey Canada and supporting events,” added Bridgewater’s mayor David Mitchell. “We’re proud to be able to partner with them on national and international-level events, and it’s an added bonus when those events help to empower women to further develop leadership and athletic skills.”

The Female Mentorship Session will focus on Atlantic Canadian female players who are invited to participate in an on-ice session led by members of the national team.

The Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic will require registration with Hockey Nova Scotia – for more information on the Coaching Clinic, phone 902-521-5945.


SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 10
10 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)

Friday, October 11
3 to 4:20 p.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
6:30 to 7:50 p.m. – Female Mentorship Session, led by members of Team Canada

Saturday, October 12
10:30 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
12 noon to 4 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Classroom)
4 to 4:50 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Ice)
5 to 5:40 p.m. – Try It – drop in Session – Open to the public, hosted by SS Para Lumberjacks
5:50 to 7:20 p.m. – GAME 1: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)

Sunday, October 13
1 to 2:20 p.m. – GAME 2: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)

Watermain Upgrade Project -- Veterans Bridge/King/Victoria Intersection

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TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC NOTICE -- VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE WATERMAIN CROSSING

SUMMARY

- Work will begin in approximately two weeks on a major underground infrastructure project at the intersection of Victoria Road, King Street, and Veterans Memorial Bridge.
- The primary focus of the project is to upgrade watermains, which provide drinking water to our residents and businesses, and fire flow protection for our community.
- The work will cause traffic delays in the downtown and motorists should plan their commute accordingly.
- The work is expected to take three months to complete.

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The Public Service Commission of Bridgewater (PSCB) is starting construction of a new watermain in the intersection of King Street and Victoria Road that will include the suspension of a new watermain on the south side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The work is expected to begin during the week of September 23 to 27.

The purpose of the work is to upgrade undersized infrastructure as well as to satisfy recommended upgrades to the transmission main connectivity of the existing water reservoirs on both sides of the LaHave River.

The work will include traffic control measures in both intersections (LaHave St. & King St.) as well as on the bridge structure itself. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses for the duration of the project.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Dust, noise, and heavy equipment are common elements of construction. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly. Temporary disruptions to services should be minimal and we will work with adjacent property owners to minimize any inconvenience. That being said, traffic delays in the vicinity of Veterans Memorial Bridge are anticipated.

WORKING HOURS
Working hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work.

SPECIAL NEEDS
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 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 one of the persons listed below.

Town of Bridgewater Office Phone: (902) 541-4370 -- Larry Hood, GET Project Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GARBAGE COLLECTION
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

The Town of Bridgewater and the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater regret any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses during this important and necessary work.

Pavement Renewal Program -- 2019 Project List

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PAVEMENT RENEWAL IS COMING
Planing and paving starts throughout Bridgewater on August 25

The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating pavement management improvement projects over the next several weeks including planing and paving on:

- Aberdeen Road (Miller Dr. to Chapel Hill Rd.)
- Aberdeen Road (Hirtle Dr. to Davison Dr.)
- Alexandra Avenue (Cornwallis St. to Park St.)
- Christie Street (Walnut St. to Parkdale Ave.),
- Dufferin Street (Exhibition Dr. to Plaza Entrance)
- Exhibition Drive (Jubilee Rd. Intersection)
- Jubilee Road (Duke St. to Marlboro Ave.)
- King Street (Eisenhauer Lane to Starr St.)
- King Street between (Oickles Ln. and Fresh Cuts)
- LaHave Street (Near Most Wanted Pawn Shop)
- LaHave Street (Elm St. to Silvers Hill)
- Starr Street (Civic #91 to above King St.)
- High Street (Civic #170 to #209)
- Glen Allan Drive (Sweeny Ln. to Hollingsworth and across from LaHave Ball Field)
- Nafthal Drive (Civic #4 to #22)
- Pine Street (Medway St. to Marie Ave.)
- York Street (near Lighthouse Publishing).

Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Sunday, August 25, with a three-week completion date, weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.

THE PROJECT
The purpose of our annual pavement renewal work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide a better drive for our community's motorists.

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.

WORK HOURS
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.

SPECIAL NEEDS
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:

Sandi Larkin, Project Manager, Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
Office Phone: (902) 541-4370 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

­­WASTE COLLECTION
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 at www.bridgewater.ca

The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work. Please be patient and allow for extra travel time getting around Bridgewater during work.

Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

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Volunteer Opportunity:

Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in your community? Why not consider serving as a member of the newly formed Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for Lunenburg County.

The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to the municipal councils in Lunenburg County on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities.  The committee plays a pivotal role in helping the municipalities to become barrier-free communities that complies with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).

At least one half of the members of the advisory committee must have a disability or represent an organization that represents people with disabilities. 

Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, or sensory impairment—including an episodic disability—that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.

Applications are available each of the Municipalities websites or can be picked up at the District of Chester, District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay and the Town of Lunenburg’s offices.  The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019.   Your completed application may be submitted by mail, in person, or by email to:

Address:              Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, ATTN:  Trudy Payne, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater NS B4V 4G8              

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Subject line:       Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee Volunteer

For more information about the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee, refer to the Terms of Reference posted on each Municipalities website; or contact Trudy Payne at 902-541-1333; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSC: Spring Watermain Flushing Schedule

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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:

  • April 28, 30, May 1, 2 All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.
  • May 4, 5 All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.
  • May 7, 8 All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive.
  • May 9, 11, 14 East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.
  • May 15 “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 16 “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.

2019-20 BUDGET APPROVAL

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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.”

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BUDGET 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS

  • • No tax rate increase – the residential rate will remain, for an eighth-straight year, at $1.65 per $100 of assessment. Meanwhile, the commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment, and that rate has only decreased since 2010-11.
  • • More investments are being made in wastewater treatment infrastructure and the Town’s paving budget. In 2019-20, more than $1 million will be invested in pavement renewal and street maintenance projects in Bridgewater, supporting our community’s continued growth. At the same time, an additional $1 million will be invested in updating and upgrading our community’s wastewater treatment system, a positive step forward in efficiency and protecting our environment.
  • • Council has committed $50,000 in new money to the Downtown Façade Improvement Program, a funding pot that is designed to support commercial building owners and businesses on King Street looking to make exterior façade renovations. Since being established in 2016, the program has already provided approximately $50,000 in funds to support façade improvement projects in the downtown.
  • • Council has also committed to additional improvements in Downtown Bridgewater, earmarking money for deck and railing improvements to the North Parkade and the hiring of a dedicated Events Coordinator to oversee and develop programming to draw visitors to the downtown.
  • • As was previously announced by Town Council, Bridgewater Transit has been made a permanent and core Town service. It is expected that Transit will cost $241,761 to operate in 2019-20. A capital reserve of $150,000, established in 18-19, continues to be in place to assist with future Transit-related purchases.
  • • Bridgewater’s contribution to the LCLC’s operating budget has decreased by approximately $20,000 compared to last year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

David Mitchell
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4364

Tammy (Crowder) Wilson
CAO, Town of Bridgewater

902-541-4363

Town Hall elevator upgrade + Council meeting relocation

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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.