TOWN HALL REOPENING -- NEXT PHASE
Starting on Monday, July 6, Bridgewater Town Hall will begin the next phase of reopening to the public.
Hours of public access will now be our traditional "summertime" hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday.
Those visiting the main lobby shall continue to abide by six feet of physical distancing while on site, and the main entryway is still marked with arrows and signage to guide visitors.
Some public access to Town Hall (beyond the Finance/lobby area) will now be permitted. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to call ahead with requests for in-person meetings to make appointments. Drop-in meetings are discouraged and meeting space may not be available to accommodate the required physical distancing -- again, please call ahead. The preferred method of meeting remains phone/video calls.
Members of the public who do book an in-person meeting with staff will be required to complete a screening form before the meeting. This procedure will ensure we are not only confirming visitors are free of COVID-19 symptoms, but it will also allow staff to track who has had access to the building in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the local area.
If you're sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and visit with us another day or call 902-543-4651 and we'll guide you through conducting your business at Town Hall from the safety of your home.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.
BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT : UPDATE
A brief public information update on Bridgewater Transit and COVID-19.
- Over the past few months, Bridgewater Transit has been free to riders in order to limit contact between drivers and passengers during COVID-19.
Beginning on July 2, regular transit fares will be collected again. If you purchase a monthly bus pass, those passes will be available from your usual vendor around town after June 15.
- Per advice from Nova Scotia Public Health, we encourage all riders to wear a mask for the safety of both passengers and drivers.
- Transit is considered an essential service and does not require riders to adhere to social/physical distancing. However, we do strongly encourage riders to do so when possible.
- There will be no Bridgewater Transit service on July 1 (Canada Day).
Bridgewater Transit is an important service for many in our community. Transit ridership is increasing again as business begins to return to normal.
In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep both riders and town staff safe, we ask that if you are feeling ill or exhibiting the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, fever, etc) that you not board the bus.
We also strongly encourage all riders to consider wearing a medical mask to help prevent the spread of disease.
For more information on Bridgewater Transit, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/transit.
PUBLIC NOTICE : OUTDOOR POOL UPDATE
The Town of Bridgewater will not be opening the O’Regan’s Subaru Outdoor Pool this summer as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With limited information on social gathering restrictions moving forward and time running out to ready the pool for summer, Town Council made this difficult decision at the June 8 Town Council meeting with the best interests of all involved and with public safety in mind.
Moving forward, Town of Bridgewater Recreation Department staff will be working to investigate other opportunities and activities that will allow the community to “cool off” during hot summer days, while adhering to the restrictions and limitations in place because of COVID-19.
Although summer in the Town of Bridgewater will be different from those past, we look forward to developing creative ways to enjoy our community and “beat the heat.”
PUBLIC REOPENING PLANS – TOWN HALL
Bridgewater Town Hall will begin a phased reopening to the public starting on Monday, June 8.
During the first phase of public access, Town Hall’s main lobby area and the Finance Department will be open to receive bill/service payments and inquiries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday.
The rest of the building will remain closed to public access until further notice – however, staff in Engineering & Public Works, Community Development, Administration, and all Town operations have returned to work and are fully accessible and available to deliver service by e-mail or phone. For a complete directory, visit: https://www.bridgewater.ca/contact.
During the first phase of reopening, a maximum of two public visitors to Town Hall will be allowed in the lobby at a time in order to comply with social/physical distancing.
A divider and arrows have also been added in the lobby on the floor to help guide visitors as they arrive and depart Town Hall.
Don’t want to come to Town Hall to make bill payments? No problem! You can make payment on accounts without coming to Town Hall through your bank and online. Visit us at www.bridgewater.ca/payments to learn more.
UPDATE ON SUMMER DAY CAMPS
The Town of Bridgewater Recreation Department would like to notify the public that we will not be offering day camps this summer as a result of the ongoing unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
With limited information on social restrictions moving forward and the summer planning process upon us, Town Council made this difficult decision at a recent meeting with the best interests of all involved and with public safety in mind.
Our recreation staff will now begin planning opportunities and activities that will allow the community to enjoy more of our trails, parks, and open spaces while adhering to the restrictions and limitations placed on us as a result of COVID-19.
We look forward to providing an exciting few months of outdoor adventures, at-home activities, and virtual experiences that can be enjoyed as individuals, families, or small groups.
The Town of Bridgewater is pleased to officially welcome our new Director of Finance Kim Hopkins, who will join the team beginning on May 19.
Kim has spent the last 21 years of her career with Grant Thornton LLP providing audit, accounting, and advisory services to small and medium-size businesses, not for profit organizations, towns and municipalities, and other public-sector entities.
Her interest in municipal accounting grew over the years and she specialized in providing services to towns and municipalities on the South Shore and across the entirety of the province.
“I am looking forward to the role of Director of Finance,” she said. “Bridgewater is experiencing increased growth and development. I’m very happy to be part of the progress and bring the experiences I’ve had in public accounting with me into this new role, contributing to projects such as Energize Bridgewater, the Smart Cities Challenge, Bridgewater Transit, and the many other initiatives the Town is working on.”
Kim and her husband, Greg, were each born and raised locally and they wanted their children to have the opportunity to grow up here as well.
“Our children are very active in various sports and if you’re looking for me outside of work, I’m likely in a rink somewhere watching them at hockey and figure skating!”
Kim is taking over for departing Director of Finance Dawn Keizer, who will be retiring in June.
NOTICE FROM BRIDGEWATER PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Customers are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of May 23 to June 4, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, and in accordance with the schedule below.
Please note, 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.
(A) May 23, 24 & 26
All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.
(B) May 27
All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.
(C) May 28
All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive.
(D) May 30, 31 & June 2
East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.
(E) June 3
“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.
(F) June 4
“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.
INTERIM PROPERTY TAX BILLING
Town Council recently voted to delay sending out interim property tax bills (usually sent out in late April/early May) by a period of one month because of the ongoing pandemic.
So, if you haven’t received your interim bill yet, don’t worry – you haven’t missed it! They’ll be issued in the next couple of weeks.
More information on when interim tax bills will be due will be forthcoming next week.
CANADA DAY 2020 : PUBLIC UPDATE
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions around social distancing and large gatherings, Bridgewater’s Canada Day on the LaHave organizing committee has no choice but to cancel our planned 2020 Canada Day on the LaHave celebrations in Downtown Bridgewater.
The organizing team and its many community partners, including the South Shore Multicultural Association, had already been in the process of planning this year’s event when the pandemic reached Canada. While disappointing, in the interest of public safety it was necessary to cancel the traditional Canada Day festivities for this year.
While the traditional public gathering is cancelled, the Canada Day on the LaHave team is looking forward to preparing an online celebration of Canada for Bridgewater and all of Lunenburg County as part of a special July 1 edition of The Best of Bridgewater.
While we can’t physically be together as a community, we can make use of technology and “feel” closer together from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come – we’ll be sharing ways that YOU can participate in our Canada Day webcast special!
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION MEETING
A public participation meeting will be held online tonight, Wednesday, May 6, at 6:00PM to provide an overview of and receive public comment on an application to construct 14 townhouse units in three blocks containing 7, 4 and 3 units, on Oakland Drive (off Jubilee Road). The Preliminary Council report is available at www.bridgewater.ca/DA.
The meeting will be posted on the Town's Facebook page.
Additional written or phone submissions will be received until May 13; these can be submitted through the comment form for the application (on the webpage linked above) or by contacting the Planner.
WASTE COLLECTION NOTICE -- BIWEEKLY BULKY ITEM COLLECTION TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre has asked us to share that, beginning the week of April 20, 2020, phased-in biweekly bulky item waste collection will begin in the Town of Bridgewater.
Collection of one (1) bulky landfill item will begin as follows:
Town of Bridgewater - Week of April 20, on your green cart and garbage collection day, and will continue every two weeks.
Collection limited to ONE bulky landfill item for now, to accommodate limited resources. Please be mindful of the collection workers’ need to be safe.
To serve as examples, bulky waste items may include: couches, footstools, mattresses, box springs, vacuum cleaners, rugs, upholstered chairs, suitcases, plastic furniture, lamp shades, plastic lawn ornaments, plastic Christmas decorations, artificial Christmas trees, plastic laundry hampers, plastic totes, kids’ pools, plastic toys, plastic pipes, garden hoses, toilets, sinks, windows and vinyl siding.
**Wood and metal items collected during designated Fall pick up only.**
Have questions? visit www.communityrecycling.ca or call (902) 543-2991.
At the April 14, 2020, regular meeting of Bridgewater Town Council, Council will be receiving and discussing the proposed 2020-21 operating budget. To download the complete draft budget document for 2020-21 as a PDF, you can click here.
Please join us on our Facebook page tonight (www.facebook.com/BridgewaterNS) to view the live stream of tonight's meeting.