TALK BRIDGEWATER – THIS FRIDAY!
We are back! It’s been more than a year since the last public Talk Bridgewater session, but we are excited to announce that the members of Town Council will be on site at South Shore Centre on Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is YOUR chance to stop by and directly connect with your representatives on Town Council.
Have thoughts on this year’s budget and how the Town should invest your tax dollars? Want to learn more about the wastewater improvements that are planned for Bridgewater or why the Exit12A is so important for the future of development in our community?
Do you have a suggestion that would make part of our community shine? Or maybe a question that you want to ask? Are you looking for a chance to volunteer and make our town a better place to live, work, and play?
Now is the time to reach out and connect with Council at Talk Bridgewater.
You’ll find the members of Council near the centre entrance (by the Bridgewater Transit stop, Charm, and Mama Pita). See you there!
If you can't make the session yourself, you can also connect with Town Council by e-mail. Visit www.bridgewater.ca/council for contact info options.
Please note that COVID-19 restrictions are in place. You're asked to wear a mask and to try to maintain six feet of social/physical distancing where possible.
TRAFFIC NOTICE & NOTICE OF WATER DISRUPTION
TRAFFIC NOTICE >>> CHURCHILL STREET
Please be advised, the following section of street will be closed to traffic to facilitate sanitary sewer repairs in the area of:
CHURCHILL STREET, from Summit St. to Dominion St., beginning on Monday, February 22, running through Friday, February 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (weather permitting).
This section of street will be closed to through traffic until work is complete -- only local traffic will be permitted.
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.
WATER NOTICE >>> CHURCHILL STREET
THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF BRIDGEWATER may shut off the water for approximately two (2) hours to carry out sewer repair work in the area of:
CHURCHILL STREET, from 47 Churchill St. to Dominion St. on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23, between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain date: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24, February 2021 ~ same time)
After work is complete and water pressure resumes to normal, we ask customers to flush water taps for 5 to 10 minutes should they experience any air or discoloured water. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers.
MARK POWELL NAMED NEW EDO FOR BRIDGEWATER
The Town of Bridgewater is excited to announce the hiring of Mark Powell as the community’s new Economic Development Officer (EDO). Powell will begin work remotely during the week of February 22 and will officially join the staff at Town Hall in April.
Powell’s broad background working with business leaders covers many sectors including municipalities, renewable energy, green building, finance and property development, and working with First Nations communities. He has won global and national awards for his client work and the community supported renewable energy company he founded was recognized as a global top 100 BCorp.
“It speaks volumes about all that Bridgewater has to offer when someone of Mark’s tremendous experience and calibre commits to making our community his new home,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“As the new EDO, Mark will be instrumental in building our local economy by bringing new investment, new businesses and strategic partners, and new families to our town – he has a proven track record and we’re excited for what he will add to our dynamic staff team.”
Coming from Toronto, Powell said that what drew him to Bridgewater is the strong sense of community and the opportunity to build upon an impressive and emerging local economy.
“One of the leaders I admire, Paul Krugman, said it best – when it comes to my role as the EDO, ‘economics is about the people.’ For me, economic development is about building and growing sustainably from all the amazing projects the Town has going on now, including Energize Bridgewater and its energy poverty reduction Smart Cities initiative and the new Highway 103 interchange at Exit 12A into the Bridgewater Business Park. There is so much potential here, it’s inspiring!”
While Powell may be new to Bridgewater, he has worked in the Maritimes stretching back to 2003 when he had an office just outside of Souris, PEI.
His credentials include a Business degree specializing in finance and business development. He subsequently graduated from the SG1 Aging Successfully cohousing program founded by McCamant and Durrett. In 2020, Powell also completed a series of online programs from Sociocracy For All on consensus building and decision making.
Coming from a family of teachers, architects, and property developers, in his spare time Powell is a passionate and competitive sailor and volunteers many hours in community initiatives. He and his partner, Debbie, have also taken on the ambitious task of doing a complete renewable energy retrofit of an historic home in town as part of their relocation.
“Bridgewater is a shining star among municipalities, not just in Nova Scotia, but right across the country,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to work and do my part to help our community grow and prosper well into the future.”
🚐 FREE SATURDAY TRANSIT THIS FEBRUARY THANKS TO PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIDGEWATER KINSMEN
Whether you're a regular transit rider or you've never been on Bridgewater Transit before, Saturdays in February will be the perfect time to hop on the bus, shop local, and explore your community!
Today we're excited to announce that thanks to a sponsorship by the Bridgewater Kinsmen Club, Bridgewater Transit bus service will be FREE to all riders on Saturday, February 6, 13, 20, and 27!
Each February, KIN Clubs across Canada are encouraged to do a good deed for their community. This year, Bridgewater Kinsmen Club is sponsoring FREE transit on Saturdays as one of its good deeds!
Subject to change, Bridgewater Transit runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To track the bus online, visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus or download the FREE Town of Bridgewater iBridgewater app for your smartphone at www.bridgewater.ca/ibridgewater.
File # 2021-22635 – Controlled Drugs and Substances
Following an integrated operation between Bridgewater Police Service (BPS) and RCMP, a targeted traffic stop was conducted Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, by the Street Crime Enforcement Unit, General Investigation Sections from RCMP & BPS, Criminal Intelligence Services Nova Scotia, and BPS Patrol.
Police also executed a CDSA warrant at a residence on High Street and the motor vehicle being driven. Police seized cocaine, methamphetamine, illicit marihuana, cash, cutting agents, a prohibited weapon, and a number of different types of pills yet to be determined.
As a result of the operation, police arrested four (4) adults, two (2) males and two (2) females.
Three of the four parties arrested now faces charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Cannabis Act, and Criminal Code of Canada.
One adult male is facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, failing to comply with a court order, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
One adult female is facing charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of illicit cannabis, and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.
The second male has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine.
All have been released on conditions to appear April 14th, 2021, at the Bridgewater Courthouse for plea. The investigation is continuing.
Both the Street Crime Enforcement Unit and Crime Intelligence Services Nova Scotia are comprised of RCMP and BPS members.
Anyone who may have witnessed the event or anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgewater Police Service at (902) 543-2464.
Per our colleagues at Bridgewater Police Service >>>
On Monday January 18th, 2021, at approximately 11:58 a.m., Bridgewater Police Service responded to a 911 call to the King Street area north of Victoria Road in Bridgewater for a two (2) vehicle head-on collision with entrapment.
Multiple units from Bridgewater Police Service, Bridgewater Fire Department, and EHS attended the scene locating 2 vehicles with heavy damage to their front ends. Bridgewater Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate both drivers.
Two (2) young males and one (1) adult female were transported by EHS to South Shore Regional Hospital. Two (2) of the parties sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. One the vehicles crossed the centre line and the investigation into the cause is continuing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the event or anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgewater Police Service at (902) 543-2464.
Shared on behalf of our colleagues at NS Health and REMO >>>
NS Health is planning a local COVID-19 pop-up site in Bridgewater this weekend.
Where: CINEPLEX Theatre, 349 LaHave Street, Bridgewater
- Saturday January 16, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. AND
- Sunday January 17, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The pop-up site:
No appointment is necessary. Just pop in to get tested.
📣 WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Each year, the Town of Bridgewater hosts a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony during Provincial Volunteer Week to officially thank volunteers for making our community a better place!
As part of our celebration, the Town seeks nominations for a volunteer to represent our community at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony held in Halifax. The Town also receives nominations for the Volunteer Family Award and Corporate Volunteer Award.
This is where YOU come in! Do you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves recognition? If so, we want to hear from you SOON!
If you would like to nominate an outstanding volunteer to represent the Town of Bridgewater or nominate a family or business for consideration, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/volunteer and download a nomination form.
Submission details are located in each downloadable form and the deadline to submit is Friday, February 5.
Join us in celebrating the people who make Bridgewater an amazing place to live, play, and thrive!
If you’re a resident of Bridgewater, you may get a call from Nova Insights and Vision Research over the next few weeks — they are conducting a survey in several communities across Nova Scotia, including Bridgewater, in cooperation with the Province of Nova Scotia and, locally, the Town’s Community Development Department. In order to avoid respondent bias, the exact subject of the survey is not being disclosed at this time.
If you receive a call, your participation in the survey is voluntary and you need only answer the questions that you are comfortable answering. All responses collected will be kept strictly confidential and will only be reported as a group, not by individual.
NS Health is planning a local COVID-19 pop-up testing site in the coming days. The exact date and location will be announced.
They are specifically seeking volunteers to assist with greeting, reception, managing flow, etc. for a few hours. Each shift is ideally 4 to 5 hours and they are looking for 2 complete shifts and require 10 to 14 volunteers per shift. All PPE and training will be provided before the shift.
The pop-up site:
We invite you to share this message.
With the first noteworthy snowfall event of the season in the forecast for Thursday, it's a good time to remind folks about what to expect before and after a storm here in Bridgewater.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
-- Roads are generally salted before a storm to deter the formation of a layer of ice on asphalt below snow cover.
-- Plowing typically begins when there is about 7 to 10 cm of snow down, with priority being given to primary routes within the first 12 hours after a storm. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm to coordinate response to emergency calls as needed.
-- There are 70 kms of streets and 35 kms of sidewalks in Bridgewater, so cleaning up after a storm takes time. Be patient and, if possible, stay off the roads until snow clearing has taken place.
-- From 12 to 24 hours after a storm, focus areas generally include school zones, the downtown, secondary streets, then sidewalk maintenance.
-- During a storm, under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person is permitted to park on a street that could obstruct winter maintenance. Your vehicle could be towed, so please be prepared to find off-street parking.
-- Plow It Forward: if you can help a neighbour or volunteer to clear a fire hydrant, it helps your community!
-- Regarding waste, all solid waste to be collected by the Town should be accessible to the collection contractor within 3 metres (approximately 10 feet) of the curb or travel‐way, placed in such a manner as to not interfere with pedestrian traffic and snow removal. There have been compost carts placed on the sidewalks in that past and they prohibit snow removal and the Town will not be responsible for broken carts if they happen to get hit by the sidewalk plow.
Mayor David Mitchell and the Honourable Mark Furey MLA for Lunenburg West and Minister of Justice, officially welcomed Bridgewater's two new public transit buses at a brief ribbon-cutting earlier this afternoon.
ABOUT THE BUSES
The two new buses symbolize the commitment that the Town has made to transit service going forward. After providing more than 50,000 rides in its first two years of operation, it became clear that transit service was essential for Bridgewater’s residents.
In April of 2020, Town Council committed about $430,000 to purchase the two brand-new buses. The Town received substantial grant support from the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage ($350,000) and from the Public Transit Assistance Program ($50,000) to assist in the purchase of the new buses.
It took about six months for the vehicles to be built by contractor Western Canada Bus, and they were delivered to the town about a month ahead of schedule. The buses went into operation on Saturday, November 21.
The new buses will represent a positive change for Bridgewater Transit’s riders. Those who struggled with the stairs at the front of the old bus, or had to use the lift at the back, will now be able to board easily at the front of the bus thanks to a lower floor and an automated ramp that lowers down to the curb for easy access.
On board, riders will find a hand sanitizer station, 18 comfortable seats and plenty of room to manoeuvre. There is also extra standing room with handles to hold on to for stability, so although the buses are physically a bit smaller, there’s lots of room for everyone!
Perhaps most importantly, the new buses will provide a much smoother and much quieter ride than the generation-old buses that have been the backbone of our service over the last three years.
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR TRANSIT RIDERS
It's now become a holiday tradition -- once again in 2020, Bridgewater's transit riders will get to enjoy some free rides and extra access to service over the next six weeks.
>>> Beginning this Sunday, November 29, and continuing on December 6, 13, and 20 -- each of the Sundays leading up to Christmas -- Bridgewater Transit will have FREE Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. thanks to an extremely generous sponsorship by the LaHave River Credit Union Ltd.
>>> Then, during Boxing Week, Bridgewater Transit service will also be free to all riders on December 28, 29, 30, and 31, thanks to another very generous sponsorship by the Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on Bridgewater Transit, including out live transit tracker map, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus.
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).