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.
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.
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:
$10 (Max 5)
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 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.”
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.”
▪ 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
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
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.
DATED at Bridgewater, in the County of Lunenburg, Province of Nova Scotia, this 15th day of June, 2021.
UPDATE: MR. ASHLEY HAS BEEN LOCATED. THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.
Per Bridgewater Police Service
MISSING PERSON – PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Bridgewater Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 93-year-old man.
Hardy Ashley was reported missing from a residence in the south end of the Town of Bridgewater earlier this morning.
Mr. Ashley suffers from dementia.
Bridgewater Police Service and the K-9 unit are currently searching the south end of Bridgewater (in the vicinity of Jubilee Road and Woodland Gardens) as well as other parts of the community in an effort to locate Mr. Ashley.
If you believe you have seen Mr. Ashley please call the BPS main line at 902-543-2464.
The public is advised that starting on Monday, June 7, Town Hall will begin a limited re-opening to the public for in-person services.
The entrances at the main lobby on the Third Floor (Finance Department) and on the First Floor (Engineering and Community Development Departments) will be unlocked and front-counter service will be accessible during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday.
All COVID-19 requirements set out by Nova Scotia Public Health are to be followed at Town facilities, including wearing masks for those medically able to do so and maintaining six feet of physical distance where possible.
Meetings between staff and members of the public are to be made by appointment only and drop-ins are discouraged. Visiting members of the public will still be required to complete a COVID-19 check-in form for the purposes of contact tracing. In ongoing support of public health measures, we strongly encourage virtual contact (by e-mail, phone or by virtual meetings) when possible and practical in lieu of in-person meetings.
Town Council and Committees of Council will continue to hold virtual meetings until provincial regulations permit larger in-person meetings.
DESBRISAY MUSEUM & WILE CARDING MILL MUSEUM
Staff are in the process of preparing DesBrisay Museum and Wile Carding Mill Museum for opening during Phase 2 of the Province of Nova Scotia’s re-opening plan. Details on when these sites will re-open to the public will be shared in the future as we receive the greenlight from the Province.
TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER
TAX SALE NO. 2021-01
PLEASE NOTE: The tax sale scheduled for June 7, 2021, has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place on July 12, 2021, at 10 a.m.
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia that the following properties, situated within the boundaries of the Town of Bridgewater, are liable to be sold for arrears of taxes due to the Town of Bridgewater as described below. Unless such taxes and all allowable interest and expenses are sooner paid, I shall proceed to sell the property at Public Auction, Council Chambers, Town Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on the 12th day of July 2021 at 10:00 in the forenoon. (Amounts shown include taxes, interest, and expenses to May 5, 2021. Additional interest and sale expenses will accumulate to the date of the sale).
Assessment Account# 03658201
Assessed To: Parker, Shirley A.
Description: 210 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, Land, Dwelling, Garage
Amount Owing: $10,528.56
Assessment Account# 00141283
Assessed To: Hanley-Lunn, Shannon Dawn
Description: 505 York Street, Bridgewater, Lot IP-8B, Service
Amount Owing: $45,798.43
More detailed descriptions of the above property may be viewed at the Town of Bridgewater, Finance Department; however, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the property description. It is advisable to consult with a lawyer and/or surveyor before purchasing a property.
Terms of Sale: Taxes and rates, interest and expenses shall be paid immediately at the time of sale by cash, money order, bank draft, certified cheque or lawyer’s trust cheque. Failing immediate payment, the auction shall be considered live and shall continue with the previous bid. The balance of the purchase price, if any, to be paid within three days of the sale by one of the same methods as above. Where the balance of the purchase price is not paid within the three business days, the property shall be advertised and put up for future sale.
Kim Hopkins, CPA, CA
Director of Finance
Town of Bridgewater
A recently launched one-year program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Regional Enterprise Acceleration Global Program (REAP) is giving teams from Nova Scotia the chance to explore in depth how best to grow our local economies and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship.
Teams representing five regions in Nova Scotia are participating in a one-year program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Based on the well-respected two-year international MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Global Program (MIT REAP Global), MIT REAP Focus Nova Scotia is tailor-made for our province. The program aims to help regions grow their local economies through evidence-based and practical approaches to strengthening innovation and entrepreneurship.
In 2019, NSCC President Don Bureaux was tasked with leading the province through the second half of the One Nova Scotia (Ivany) Report. Forming a team that initially consisted of Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood, Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, former Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell, and Deputy Minister Bernard Miller, it was determined that participating in the MIT program was a priority.
The program officially began on January 26, 2021, with a virtual kickoff event. Each of the five participating regions – South Shore, Cape Breton, Pictou, Valley, and Western – are represented by a 10-member team with representation from entrepreneurship, corporate, risk capital, government, and academic sectors. The program costs are covered by the federal and provincial governments, with contributions from organizations and the individuals from the five participating regions.
Previously, in 2016, the MIT Global program provided the space for Nova Scotia’s leaders to understand the drivers of a successful innovation ecosystem, identify our province’s comparative advantages, and collectively accomplish their “Must Win Battle” – winning the Ocean Super Cluster – which is expected to generate $14 billion in GDP and create 3,000 jobs over 10 years. ONSIDE continues to share disruptive ideas such as those advanced by MIT REAP and to use the collective impact approach to accelerate growth in Nova Scotia.
Team South Shore is working alongside the leading global minds at MIT to overcome our core challenges while determining the comparative advantage for our region.
“MIT REAP faculty collaborate with key regional stakeholders to develop solutions that are compatible with the region’s history, culture, and key regional drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Fiona Murray, MIT Faculty Co-Director, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship, and MIT Sloan Associate Dean for Innovation and Inclusion.
“We are excited to offer a more bespoke, local vision of MIT REAP’s mission to Nova Scotia and future Focus team regions. I’m delighted that MIT colleagues Professor Scott Stern and Dr. Phil Budden, will be leading our work along with me, as well as the MIT staff, with support from ONSIDE.”
Team South Shore Champion, John Swain, noted, “The importance of the One Nova Scotia report cannot be understated, and there has not been a better time to capitalize on the strengths Nova Scotia and, specifically, the South Shore bring to the global table. As we work to grow and diversify our economy, it is vital that we leverage our comparative advantage and fully understanding what that is through the MIT program will ensure our success.”
The program will wrap up in December 2021 but, along the way over the coming months, the team will provide regular updates to the community on the work being carried out.
John Swain; Team Champion
President, Swain Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.
Manager, ABCO Industries
Mark S. Winfield
Partner, BDO (retired)
Area Account Manager, ACOA
Principal, Nova Scotia Community College
VP & CFO, Stelia Aerospace
Director of Community Development, Town of Bridgewater
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
President, SSI Consulting Solutions
Community Manager, RBC
Sharon Haughn (non-core member); Team Project Manager
Canadian Navigable Waters Act
The Town of Bridgewater hereby gives notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.
Pursuant to paragraph 7(2) of the said Act, the Town of Bridgewater has deposited with the Minister of Transport, on the on-line Common Project Search Registry (http://cps.canada.ca/) and under the NPP File Number 2020-203474 a description of the following work, its site and plans:
Geotechnical testing across the LaHave River at Shipyard’s Landing Park – Bridgewater NS, between Shipyard’s Landing Park and Mariner’s Landing Park.
Comments regarding the effect of this work on marine navigation can be sent through the Common Project Search site mentioned above under the Comment section (search by the above referenced number) or if you do not have access to the internet, by sending your comments directly to:
95 Foundry Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 42
However, comments will be considered only if they are in writing (electronic means preferable) and are received not later than 7 days after the publication of the last notice. Although all comments conforming to the above will be considered, no individual response will be sent.
Posted at Bridgewater, NS this 17th day of May, 2021
Town of Bridgewater, NS
Per our friends at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre, the compost giveaway originally scheduled for May 11 to 15 has been postponed because of current COVID-19 restrictions.
A fall giveaway date will be announced in the future.
Compost will also be available for purchase when the site re-opens to the public, while supplies last.
Information about future site re-opening will be posted online and at www.communityrecycling.ca.
Pop-up rapid COVID-19 testing will be back in Bridgewater for the entire week, from Monday, May 10, through to Friday, May 14, at Cineplex.
The site, located at 349 LaHave Street, will be open to the public daily from 2 to 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for all residents of Lunenburg County over the age of 16 and without symptoms to come and to get tested -- even if you've been tested during the last round of pop-up testing, come again to make sure you're still free of COVID-19.
The St. Phillips Street Playground will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 5, to allow contractors to complete landscaping work on site near the intersection of St. Phillips Street and North Park Street.
The Town of Bridgewater thanks you for your patience and understanding and we regret any inconvenience caused by this necessary work.
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).