🗑 SPECIAL STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION
>>> Taking place October 3 to 7 in Bridgewater
A special residential storm debris collection will take place in the Town of Bridgewater on residents’ regular collection day during the week of October 3 to 7, 2022. Tree waste and bagged yard debris will be collected curbside.
✅ Maximum weight per piece of wood: 100 lbs
✅ Maximum length per piece of wood: 6 feet
✅ Bags of leaves and small twigs: maximum weight 55 lbs
✅ Bundle and tie small branches to make collection easier
✅ Paper leaf and yard waste bags must be used for bagged leaves and small twigs, plastic bags not accepted.
Waste must be curbside by 8 a.m. to ensure collection.
More information about year-round leaf and yard waste collection can be found online at https://www.communityrecycling.ca/collection/leaf-yard-waste-collection.
❓Questions? Call (902) 543-2991 or visit www.communityrecycling.ca.
WHEREAS, energy efficiency is an abundant, clean, and low-cost way to meet Bridgewater’s energy needs to avoid pollution, improve comfort and health, while reducing energy bills for residents and businesses in our community; and
WHEREAS, improved energy efficiency is a core solution to address the debilitating and widespread problem of energy poverty experienced by two out of every five Bridgewater residents as evidenced by local research conducted in 2019 and 2022 and reflected in comparable statistics from across Atlantic Canada; and
WHEREAS, implementing energy efficiency and other clean energy policies and programs can help boost direct investment in Bridgewater’s housing stock, thereby generating economic opportunities and job creation while continuing to move our community toward a sustainable future; and
WHEREAS, smarter energy use reduces the amount of energy needed for our homes, businesses, organizations, and transportation, which helps avoid emissions that can harm our health, pollute our air, and warm our climate; and
WHEREAS, for municipalities and provinces or territories like ours that are trying to tackle harmful pollution, energy efficiency can get us closer to our emissions reduction goals; and
WHEREAS, energy efficiency makes our homes and workspaces healthier, safer, and more comfortable; and
WHEREAS, building energy codes can significantly improve occupant health and comfort, create new jobs, and reduce utility costs and emissions, and Bridgewater supports recent Federal commitments to increase the minimum levels of efficiency for new and existing buildings through adoption of stringent model building codes; and
WHEREAS, a nationwide network of energy efficiency groups and partners has designated the first Wednesday in October as national Energy Efficiency Day; and
WHEREAS, together we can continue to contribute to our sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use in our daily lives;
THEREFORE, be it resolved that Town Council for the Town of Bridgewater, hereby proclaim October 5, 2022 as “ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAY” in the Town of Bridgewater, and urge citizens to join us in supporting our clean energy goals and moving toward more energy efficiency now and in the future.
Signed this 12th day of September, 2022 at
Bridgewater, in the County of Lunenburg, in
The Province of Nova Scotia.
Mayor David MITCHELL
on behalf of Bridgewater Town Council
WHEREAS the Town of Bridgewater has adopted the principles of openness, transparency and accountability; and
WHEREAS Part XX of the Municipal Government Act gives citizens a right of access to information in the custody or under the control of the Town of Bridgewater; and
WHEREAS access to information ensures citizens of Nova Scotia have the opportunity for meaningful participation in the democratic process; and
WHEREAS a celebration of the right of citizens to access information will facilitate informed public participation in policy formulation, ensure fairness in government decision-making and permit the airing and reconciliation of divergent views; and
WHEREAS the Town of Bridgewater joins all other Canadian jurisdictions and democracies world-wide in acknowledging international Right to Know Week;
THEREFORE be it resolved that Town Council for the Town of Bridgewater hereby proclaims September 26 to October 2, 2022 to be Right to Know Week in the Town of Bridgewater.
Signed this 12th day of September, 2022 at
Bridgewater, in the County of Lunenburg, in the Province of Nova Scotia:
Mayor David Mitchell
on behalf of Bridgewater Town Council
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
WHEREAS, fasdNL is a pan-provincial organization that educates, provides supports and resources, and raises awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada; and
WHEREAS, fasdNL is leading a three-year FASD prevention, awareness, training, and collaborative action project in the four Atlantic provinces; and
WHEREAS, FASD Awareness week is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD and broad public awareness helps to put FASD the ‘map’; and
THEREFORE, Town Council for the Town of Bridgewater proclaims the month of September, 2022 to be FASD Awareness Month, as cause/issue/special occasion etc. in the Town of Bridgewater.
Signed this 12th day of September, 2022
at Bridgewater, in the County of Lunenburg,
in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Mayor David MITCHELL
on behalf of Bridgewater Town Council
📣 2022 PAVEMENT RENEWAL PROJECTS
>>> Expect work to take place throughout Bridgewater beginning August 21
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating pavement renewal projects with the contractor, Dexter Construction Ltd., in many areas of the community for approximately three weeks beginning on August 21, 2022. In total, the Town of Bridgewater has allocated approximately $800,000 toward pavement renewal this year. That budget does not include additional allocations for new streets or project areas where underground infrastructure work is taking place.
The planned list of 2022 pavement renewal project locations includes:
▪ Aberdeen Road (LaHave to Davison)
▪ Alexandra Avenue (Crescent to Acadia)
▪ Alpine Drive (Dublin to Civic #15)
▪ Audrey Drive (Meldrum to Bennett)
▪ Christie Street (Parkdale to Civic #9 Elizabeth)
▪ Glen Allan Drive (Etna to LaHave)
▪ Jubilee Road (Alexandra to Fern)
▪ Jubilee Road (Marlboro to DesBrisay)
▪ King Street (Park to School)
▪ King Street (Starr to Victoria)
▪ LaHave Street (Elm to Aberdeen)
▪ Logan Road (King to Wentzell)
▪ Nafthal Drive (Glen Allan to Pinehurst)
▪ North Street (Winburn to LaHave Street)
▪ Victoria Road (High to Town Line)
To see these locations on our road work map, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Work is weather dependent. Each section of street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete and involve planing off old pavement and putting down new pavement. Generally, planing work will take place first and motorists should slow down and use caution when crossing the lip/drop between a planed area and regular pavement. The work will include traffic being controlled with traffic control personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses in order to complete the work, however motorists are advised to expect delays when travelling throughout Bridgewater during the work and to allow for extra travel time accordingly.
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.
We also ask and remind you to show respect, kindness, and courtesy for workers who are on site for these projects.
Working hours are generally 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 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 as usual. Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department at www.communityrecycling.ca.
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this important and necessary work.
📣 NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
There will be a Special Meeting of Town Council to consider several time-sensitive matters, specifically:
a) a Public Hearing to consider a Development Agreement for a ready-mix concrete production facility at 25 Cook Road;
b) 1st consideration of a substantive Development Agreement Amendment for a manufacturing facility addition at 233 Logan Road; and
c) proposed Temporary Borrowing Resolutions (for PACE/Energize Bridgewater and regular capital budget)
The Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, in Council Chambers at Town Hall (60 Pleasant St, Bridgewater), at which time oral and written presentations will be considered. The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will also be livestreamed on the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page.
You can also visit www.bridgewater.ca/DA to see all current applications.
PARKING METER NOTICE
Bridgewater’s parking meters are being upgraded and, effective Thursday, August 4, 2022, meters will no longer accept 5-cent and 10-cent coins for parking.
Please note that parking rates have NOT changed. Parking meters will continue to accept 25-cent, $1 and $2 coins. You can also still pay for parking from your smartphone using the HotSpot app. For more info, please visit https://www.htsp.ca/. Decals on meters will be updated in the coming days to reflect the changeover.
To learn more about parking in Bridgewater, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/parking.
Residents and businesses that have their waste regularly collected on Mondays are advised that collection will not take place in the Town of Bridgewater on August 1, 2022. Collection will instead take place on Saturday, July 30.
The Community Recycling Centre will be closed August 1st. Questions? Call (902) 543-2991.
📣 BRIDGEWATER PARKING STUDY
>>> Public Engagement Session #2 this Thursday evening
Work continues on the Town of Bridgewater’s 2022 Parking Study and you’re invited to attend the second public engagement session to share your thoughts on the present and future parking needs of the downtown.
The study will ultimately help guide Bridgewater Town Council in planning the Town’s long-term capital investments, ensuring that the implementation and phasing of parking infrastructure improvements is efficient and done with the needs of our growing and vibrant community in mind.
➡ SECOND PUBLIC SESSION ON JULY 21, 2022
Consultation with business owners and the public is a key element of the study. An initial Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on May 31, 2022, to introduce the study.
Members of the public are invited to attend the second PIC on Thursday, July 21, 2022, starting at 6:30 p.m. in-person at the Bridgewater Fire Hall, located at 81 Dominion Street.
The purpose of the second PIC is to share the study findings to date, discuss preliminary recommendations, and to obtain further input from business owners and the public. The study team will deliver a presentation and there will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask any questions or submit comments.
If you are unable to attend the PIC and would like to provide input, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact the study team Project Manager:
Michael MacDonald, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
Harbourside Transportation Consultants
In 2022, the Town of Bridgewater and every municipality in Nova Scotia is required to conduct a Municipal Boundary Review. In Bridgewater’s case, where Town Council members are elected at large, community members have the opportunity to offer their input on the size of Bridgewater Town Council and if they believe that the number of elected officials serves the needs of the community and offers appropriate representation for its citizens or if they believe a change to the existing system should be made.
The population of Bridgewater during the 2021 Census was 8,790. Bridgewater Town Council consists of an elected Mayor and six at-large elected Town Council members. “At large” means that Council members represent the entire community and not any specific district or ward within Bridgewater.
How does Bridgewater stack up to other towns of similar size in Nova Scotia? The Town of Kentville (pop. 6,630) has a mayor and six at-large councillors. The Town of Truro (pop. 12,954) has a mayor and six councillors – Truro has three wards with two councillors per ward. Yarmouth (pop. 6,829) has a mayor and six at-large councillors. In Amherst (pop. 9,404), there is also a mayor and six at-large councillors.
Town Council members in Bridgewater are paid a taxed salary of $25,000 per year for their service. The Deputy Mayor (elected by Town Council) receives a taxed salary of $36,700 per year. The Mayor receives a taxed salary of $62,300 per year. In addition to twice-monthly Town Council meetings, there are approximately 25 committees and commissions which require Town Council representation, with each Town Councillor generally serving on at least seven committees.
HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
As part of the public engagement process around the Municipal Boundary Review, you will be invited to participate in an online survey that is available by clicking here.
You may submit written comments by regular mail to the Town of Bridgewater by regular mail or drop off at Town Hall, located at 60 Pleasant Street in Bridgewater (please include "Municipal Boundary Review" in writing in the title of your submission.
You may also participate by attending the regular meeting of Bridgewater Town Council on Monday, August 8, or Monday, September 12, and providing verbal remarks at the start of the meeting during the time specifically allotted for members of the public to provide feedback on the Municipal Boundary Review (at approximately 6 p.m.)
Finally, there will be an open-house event at DesBrisay Museum, located at 130 Jubilee Road in Bridgewater, on Tuesday, August 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome and staff will be on site to receive comments and answer questions related to the Municipal Boundary Review.
Last night, Bridgewater Town Council approved proposed changes to the Town’s Vending Bylaw. Whether you’re operating a food truck, hosting a yoga class, or something else entirely, anyone wishing to operate as a vendor on Town of Bridgewater lands will now have more choice than ever as the Vending Bylaw will be amended to allow vending at any park or recreation facility in Town.
With the expanded list, vendors will be able to book Tannery Park, Generations Active Park, Glen Allan Park Glenwood Mill Park, and others for vending. Visit the Explore Bridgewater website to see all the parks that can be used for vending: https://www.explorebridgewater.ca/parks-green-spaces-and-playgrounds
⛵️ REMINDER RE: SHIPYARDS LANDING
Work continues on the pump station and forcemain upgrade project at Shipyards Landing. Due to that work, the Town will not be taking any event bookings for the bandstand/gazebo and adjacent lands at that site this summer, nor will the Town be issuing vending permits for that location. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your understanding as this important project continues.
Access to the boat launch for those looking to put watercraft in the river may be possible, particularly on evenings and weekends, however we ask boaters to understand that access to the launch cannot be fully guaranteed at all times because of the nature of the work. Boaters may wish to consider using the nearby municipal launch in Dayspring as an alternative.
📣 DID YOU KNOW?
>>> Town of Bridgewater 2021-2022 Grants
The Town of Bridgewater wishes to advise its residents, as is required by Section 65 (c) of the Municipal Government Act, that the following grants were issued for the year April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022:
Bluenose Shuffleboard Club -- $1,000
Bridgewater Baseball Association -- $1,000
Bridgewater Curling Club -- $3,300
Bridgewater Farmers Market Association -- $1,000
Bridgewater Figure Skating Club -- $1,275
Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank -- $1,000
Bridgewater Tennis Club -- $1,000
DMC Boxing Club -- $2,275
Flourish 55+ Healthy Activity Centre -- $2,775
Kinship Performing Arts Centre -- $1,000
LC Judo Club -- $1,000
Lunenburg County Hikers -- $1,025
Park View Grad Event – The Lewis Foundation -- $1,500
Sea Hawks Minor Football Club -- $1,000
Society of Saint Vincent Paul -- $1,525
South Shore Fieldhouse Society -- $2,775
South Shore Pipers and Drums Assoc -- $1,500
South Shore Sexual Health -- $2,000
Senior Wheels Association -- $1,000
VON Lunenburg -- $3,275
Western Riptide -- $1,000
YMCA of Southwest Nova Scotia -- $8,275
Façade Improvement Program:
- Maria Charlin $799
- Greg Rafuse $5,000
- Gary Ramey $5,000
Designated Community Project Fund -- South Shore Fieldhouse Society $40,500
We're no strangers to severe weather events here in Atlantic Canada. Hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November annually, and the nor'easter weather bombs of the winter months often make life challenging.Here you can find information that can be especially helpful for you leading up to, during, and after the storm. We've included quick links to the latest Environment Canada forecast and warnings for the Bridgewater area, the Nova Scotia Power outage map, and some additional helpful links from the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office on how to prepare to weather the storm for 72 hours (or more).