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

Upcoming Pump Station project at Shipyards Landing

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2021 10 20 PumpStation G2PUMP STATION #11 REPLACEMENT AND KING STREET SEWER UPGRADE

Work area >>> Between 210 King St. and Jubilee Rd.

Construction Overview
The Town of Bridgewater is beginning the reconstruction of Pump Station #11, located at Shipyards Landing (210 King St.). This work will primarily take place between the existing boat launch and 144 King St. The project will upgrade the existing Pump Station and include a new underground chamber, a new building, and the pump station site will be raised approximately 2m from its current elevation to prevent flood risks. The work may temporarily impact access to Shipyards Landing and is tentatively scheduled to begin during the week of November 1, 2021.

In addition the Town of Bridgewater will be reconstructing the sanitary sewer main along King St. between 210 King St. and Jubilee Road. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring 2022. The purpose of the work is to replace aging infrastructure and connect it into the new pump station #11 infrastructure located at 210 King St.

The work will include street closures and restricted driveway access in the areas of construction. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the works.

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.

For properties that require landscape reinstatement as a result of construction impact, the Town will reinstate all areas with topsoil and seed and will water the area upon installation only. All other watering and general maintenance of new landscaped area will be the responsibility of the property owner.

Work Hours
Typical Working Hours are Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m to 5:00 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 Environmental Services 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 Office Fax:  (902) 543-0421
Audrey Buchanan, P. Eng. -- Environmental Services Manager
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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 regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.

Christmas on the LaHave -- Update

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CHRISTMAS ON THE LAHAVE 2021 UPDATE
A message from Bridgewater’s Christmas on the LaHave Committee: >>>

It is with heavy hearts and after a great deal of thought and many conversations that we announce today that we will not be hosting our parade again in 2021.

Our volunteer committee has been excitedly planning for the return of the annual Christmas on the LaHave parade and fireworks for several months now in the hope that we could safely and confidently proceed. COVID-19, however, is still very much a reality here in Nova Scotia and throughout the world and, as such, we need to think carefully about the health and safety of our whole community.

As each of you know, our parade and fireworks traditionally attract between 7,000 and 10,000 people into Bridgewater’s downtown core. Having that many people standing shoulder to shoulder in a small area is a risk that we are not comfortable with carrying right now – especially knowing that so many children attend the parade and that COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been made available to children under the age of 12. We are also mindful of our senior community who remain particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

We know that this news is disappointing, and we ask you to understand that we are disappointed too. This was not a decision that we came to lightly.

We appreciate the continued support of the Town of Bridgewater, Bridgewater Police Service, and Bridgewater Fire Department, as well the support we have received from the local business community including the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce.

To that end, we are excited to announce that while there will be no parade and fireworks this November, we are working on lots of other initiatives that our community will be able to enjoy as individuals, as families, or with small groups of friends this holiday season.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing details on home and business decorating contests, scavenger hunts, lighting installations, the arrival of our Town’s Christmas tree and iconic Tire Snowmen, and much more. Stay tuned for more information on all that will be happening!

Autumn pavement renewal projects start next week

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The Town of Bridgewater’s autumn pavement renewal projects are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 12.

Work will include both planing off the old street surfaces and putting down new pavement. Generally, planing is done by the contractor at all work locations throughout Bridgewater, followed by paving at all locations.

The autumn work schedule includes:

 - Dublin Avenue (Duke to Regent)

 - Olympiad Avenue (Smith to Cresthaven)

 - Dufferin Street (King to Pleasant)

 - LaHave Street (North to Silvers Hill)

 - King Street (South to Town Line)

 - Alexandra Avenue (George to Cornwallis)

 - Wentzell Drive (North Park to Cook)

The duration of the project is expected to be about two weeks total, depending on weather. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.

The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. As such, motorists should anticipate delays when travelling through work areas. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses and to complete the work in a timely fashion.

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 6:00 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 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:

Project Manager Sandi Larkin
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.

Regularly scheduled 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 regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.

TRAFFIC: Brook Street sanitary sewer upgrade starts week of October 4

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🚧 TRAFFIC NOTICE -- BROOK STREET SEWER UPGRADE

The Town of Bridgewater is beginning the reconstruction of a sanitary sewer main along BROOK STREET, between Jubilee Road and Smith Avenue. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin during the week of October 4 to 8, 2021, and will last for several weeks.

The purpose of the work is to replace aging sewer infrastructure in the area. Work will begin on Jubilee Rd. and continue onto Brook St. towards Smith Ave.

Motorists are asked to note that the work will include street closures and restricted driveway access in the areas of construction. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the works.

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.

For properties that require landscape repairs as a result of project work, the Town will reinstate all areas with topsoil and seed and will water the area upon installation only. All other watering and general maintenance of new landscaped area will be the responsibility of the property owner.

Working hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It should be anticipated that the Town 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 Engineering Services 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:

Matthew Davidson
Town of Bridgewater Engineering Services Manager

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 on the Town's website, www.bridgewater.ca.

The Town of Bridgewater and the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.

For a map of the work area, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

WASTE COLLECTION ON NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

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WASTE COLLECTION ON NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

For those in the Town of Bridgewater whose waste collection typically takes place on Thursdays, please note that waste collection will take place as usual on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

National Day For Truth and Reconciliation

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>>> Town Hall and Bridgewater Transit notices

Town Hall and Town of Bridgewater public offices will be closed in observance of the first National Day For Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Bridgewater Transit will run reduced hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bridgewater residents may wish to consider taking the bus to the ceremony of remembrance scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pijinuiskaq Park in Downtown Bridgewater.

Upcoming Seniors' Safety Academy

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A free six-week classroom-based program focusing on safety topics that are important to older adults will be taking place beginning on Tuesday, September 28, in Bridgewater.

The Flourish Centre, in partnership with the Lunenburg County Seniors' Safety Program, are pleased to present this program geared for residents who are 55 and older.

Topics will include: legal matters, medication safety, fall prevention, scams and fraud, Life Account, elder abuse, Caregivers NS, Efficiency NS, technology, emergency preparedness, nutrition, and more.

The deadline to register is September 17. To reserve your place or for more information please contact:

>> Chris Andrews at Flourish Centre at 902-527-7697; or

>> Chris Acomb/Carole Hipwell of the Lunenburg County Seniors' Safety Program at 902-543-3567

Classroom sessions will be hosted at the Flourish Centre location at 678 LaHave Street.

Skate of the Art -- 2021 LIVE Auction

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Skate of the Art 2021

SKATE OF THE ART 2021
As a result of the INCREDIBLE interest in Skate of the Art 2021, and to take full advantage of the anticipation and to ensure they do it up right, the organizing team behind this year's Skate of the Art auction have announced that they are pushing the event out by two weeks to Saturday, August 28, at 2 p.m. at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) and online!

The additional time will give even greater exposure to the remarkable works from participating artists, who have been so generous with their time and skill. As before, all bidding will be online, but bidders are welcome to attend the event in in the LCLC Galleria in person to check out the artwork — and bid online from there!

THE BOARDS
You can see the artwork online RIGHT NOW by visiting https://www.32auctions.com/skateoftheart.

SIGNING UP TO BID
Remember -- while we're having our event at the LCLC, the ONLY way to bid on these unique pieces of art is online! In order to get in on the online auction and the bidding that will ensue, you have to sign up for an account with the online auction house! So, don't wait until Saturday to get your name in the system -- sign up NOW by visiting https://www.32auctions.com/users/new to make sure you're positioned to get into the bidding on the board you want the most!




O'Regan's Subaru Outdoor Pool set to open on Canada Day

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Get ready to feel refreshed – the O’Regan’s Subaru Outdoor pool is scheduled to open for the season on July 1! And the best part? The first swim of the season will be FREE as part of the Town of Bridgewater’s Canada Day on the LaHave celebrations this year!

We are also excited to offer daily open/public swims seven days of the week during the 2021 season. Pool memberships can be purchased in advance by calling the Community Development Department at 902-543-2274. Cash will be accepted on-site at the pool, but no debit or credit cards.

SWIMMING SAFELY
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some changes to swim times and how we enter, exit, and move about the pool facility.

There will be no access through the facility – swimmers will access the pool through the side gate and should come dressed to swim. Swimmers should also limit the number of personal items as safe storage will not be provided. Masks will be required on the pool deck and/or when not in the swimming pool and physical distancing should be maintained.  

SWIM TIMES
Canada Day: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Monday – Friday:  12:00 – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday:  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Private Rentals: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Public Swim fees:

 

Family

Adult

Youth

Age 60+

Season

$130

$70

$60

$60

Monthly

$75

$40

$30

$35

Daily

$10 (Max 5)

$4

$3

$3


ALL-ACCESS POOL PRIVILEGES!
Beat the heat in Bridgewater by using one single membership for two pools!

It’s back again – an agreement between O’Regan’s Subaru Outdoor Pool and the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) will mean that folks of all ages in Bridgewater and the surrounding area can enjoy two public swimming pools with a single pass!

The agreement gives swim pass holders at each facility “reciprocal pool access privileges” – meaning that pass holders can make use of the outdoor pool at O’Regan’s Subaru Outdoor Pool and the indoor pool at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

So, if you purchased a summer pool pass for the Outdoor Pool, you can swim at the LCLC at no extra cost. If you are already an LCLC member, you can swim at the Outdoor Pool for free!

Show your membership card at either pool to enjoy all-access pool privileges.

Bridgewater Transit poised to mark ridership milestone

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Bus 2021 Pic 2Bridgewater Transit is set to hit a major milestone next week and the Town of Bridgewater and Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce are ready to celebrate.

On either Tuesday or Wednesday, based on projections, Bridgewater Transit will provide its 100,000th passenger ride in just under four years of service.

“It’s an accomplishment that underscores just how much the service means to the community and how desperately it was needed,” explained Mayor David Mitchell.

“When we started the transit service, we believed that our community would embrace it as a way of accessing services – grocery shopping, medical appointments, getting to and from work.  It’s become part of people’s daily routine,” Mayor Mitchell said. “But when you hear the stories from people whose lives were fundamentally changed for the better because of access to transit, you really start to understand how much it means to our town.”

Launched in the fall of 2017 as a six-month pilot project to test the viability of transit in Bridgewater, it quickly became apparent that there was significant need for transit service in the community.

Prior to launch, a transit feasibility study had estimated that the service might achieve 16,000 rides per year, but in its first full year of operation transit, in fact, provided approximately 25,000 rides.

Since then ridership levels have remained high, hitting 31,000 in 2018-19 and 28,000 in 2019-20, even with service impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started out averaging around 50 riders a day, but now we’re in the range of 125 per day,” Mayor Mitchell noted. “And there’s such an important social component – people aren’t just using the bus to get to services. They’re using transit to visit friends, to go to parks and playgrounds, and to build relationships with other folks in our community. You can’t put a price on things like that.”

CELEBRATION
In celebration of the milestone and in support of the local business community as Phase 2 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan gets into full swing, the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is excited to partner with the Town of Bridgewater to sponsor FREE bus rides during the milestone week.

Residents and visitors alike can use the bus as often as they want at no cost between June 21 and 26.

“The Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Bridgewater Transit on this historic milestone in its service,” said BACC President Jim Brown. “We are honored to be able to support and celebrate this achievement and, as we enter our next phase of reopening, we encourage everyone to enjoy a trip on us, and enjoy our beautiful town and support our local businesses.”

QUICK FACTS
▪ Bridgewater Transit’s service began with two surplus buses donated by Halifax Regional Municipality
▪ In 2020, Bridgewater secured two new buses with the support of the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada
▪ Bridgewater Transit runs an hourly 16-km loop of Bridgewater
▪ In total, the buses have travelled more than 13,000 loops of the town, totaling over 215,000 kms, in almost 1,200 days of service
▪ You can follow the bus online through our transit tracker in real time; visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus

About the new Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law

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A NEW DRAFT WASTEWATER BETTERMENT CHARGE BY-LAW
Did you know that new development, including adding a second dwelling unit to your current residence and changing a commercial use, may be subject to a development charge? Next month, Bridgewater Town Council will be debating the implementation of Wastewater Betterment Charges for new development, whether the development is residential, institutional, industrial, or commercial.

In 2009 the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) introduced a requirement for all municipalities to have no wastewater overflows resulting from development and the elimination of overflows by 2039.

WHAT IS A WASTEWATER OVERFLOW?
A wastewater overflow is when stormwater from a rain storm overwhelms our sewer system, resulting in rain water and sanitary sewer water mixing together. This causes sewage to enter the environment through our storm system and rainwater to go into our sewage treatment plan. This occurs because of older combined sewer-stormwater systems that were designed and built many decades ago.

The Town of Bridgewater currently experiences significant wastewater overflows during wet weather events. To try to address this and achieve the national target to eliminate overflow events while permitting new and continued development, the Town of Bridgewater is proposing a new Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law.

WHY A BYLAW?
The Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law will establish a new fee that will be collected from anyone adding a new unit to their residence, as well as any new construction (residential or commercial).

These fees will be collected at the development stage of the construction and will be used to fund wastewater offsetting projects, studies, etc., that will assist the Town in reducing overflows within the wastewater system.

The new draft by-law will be brought to Town of Bridgewater Council for consideration in May 2021. Prior to Council review, this new draft by-law is being introduced to the public and both residential and commercial developers for their review and comments. Feedback received will be considered and potentially incorporated into the draft by-law before it is considered by Town Council.

We encourage the public to review the draft Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law and FAQ Sheet and provide input on the proposed by-law using the contact form below by no later than May 10, 2021.

You can download the draft by-law by clicking here: Wastewater Betterment Charge DRAFT By-law

You can download the FAQ sheet on wastewater betterment charges that was shared with the community during the engagement phase by clicking here:  Wastewater Betterment Charge FAQ Sheet

Notice of adoption of Chapter 206 - Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law

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TOWN 0F BRIDGEWATER >>> PUBLIC NOTICE OF ADOPTION

CHAPTER 206 - WASTEWATER BETTERMENT CHARGE BY-LAW

TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Section 168 of the Municipal Government Act, Town Council for the Town of Bridgewater, by resolution, on June 14, 2021, gave second and final reading to

and adopted the Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law.

This by-law will direct fees from this initiative to upgrading projects which will improve infrastructure to reduce or eliminate overflows.

TAKE NOTICE that the above-noted draft by-law may be inspected by members of the public on the Town's website (https://www.bridgewater.ca/.../2173-june-14-2021.../file) or a copy obtained on request via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

DATED at Bridgewater, in the County of Lunenburg, Province of Nova Scotia, this 15th day of June, 2021.

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STORM CENTRE

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).

NSP Map  NS EMO
 Are You Ready for Emerg  Red Cross