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

COVID-19 UPDATES

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>>> For potential COVID-19 exposure sites local to Bridgewater, please scroll down the page <<<

TOWN HALL RE-OPENING BEGINS JUNE 7
The public is advised that beginning on Monday, June 7, Town Hall will begin a limited re-opening to the public for 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 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.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT
Bridgewater Transit has returned to regular hours. Effective June 7, transit will be in service 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. To track the bus online in real time, visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus.

DESBRISAY MUSEUM & WILE CARDING MILL MUSEUM
Our museums have opened to the public as of Wednesday, June 16, in line with Phase 2 of Nova Scotia's re-opening plan..

CONTACTING US
Please call our main telephone line at 902-543-4651, visit us online at bridgewater.ca, or directly contact the department you wish to speak with by phone at the following numbers:

Engineering: 902-541-4370
Community Development: 902-543-2274
Finance: 902-543-4651

PROVINCIAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS >>>
For complete details on recent guidelines and restrictions introduced by the Province of Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.


LOCAL POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTICES >>>

For full details and the most recent exposure site information please visit http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.



New draft Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law: Your chance for feedback

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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 Bylaw and FAQ Sheet and provide input on the proposed by-law using the contact form below by no later than May 10, 2021.

To download a copy of the draft by-law or read our FAQ sheet on the proposed by-law, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/betterment. While there, you can also fill out the form on that page to provide your input on the draft by-law.

BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL -- VIRTUAL REGULAR MEETINGS RESUME TONIGHT

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With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, Bridgewater Town Council's regular meetings will be moving back to fully virtual meetings beginning tonight until further notice.

Members of the public who wish to speak as a delegation to Town Council in the virtual meeting may do so by registering online at www.bridgewater.ca/delegation.

As usual, the proceedings of the meeting will be live-streamed on the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page during the meeting. The video will be archived on both the Town's Facebook page and Bridgewater's YouTube channel following the meeting.

Potential water disruption notice

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POTENTIAL WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE
From April 27 to 29, a contractor engaged by the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater will begin work on improvements to the water transmission mains connecting Bridgewater’s Hebb Lake low lift pump station to the water treatment plant.

This is a complex project and it is possible that the supply of water to the town could be impacted during work. In that event, residents and businesses may be asked to temporarily conserve water for essential purposes only – this means that water customers would be asked to avoid non-essential water use by not watering lawns or washing cars, limiting loads of laundry, etc.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?
Right now, you can continue using your water as usual. During the work window next week, we would encourage you to regularly check social media and listen to local radio for any updates related to this project.

In the event that there is a temporary water disruption as a result of this important service upgrade, the Public Service Commission will communicate additional information to water customers via Town of Bridgewater website, social media, local media, and the Town of Bridgewater’s iBridgewater app.

For details on how to download the Town’s app, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/ibridgewater.

COUNCIL NOTES >>> BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES 2021-2022 BUDGET

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✒ COUNCIL NOTES >>> BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES 2021-2022 BUDGET

On April 12, Bridgewater Town Council formally concluded its 2021-2022 budget planning process by unanimously approving both the capital and operating budgets for the coming fiscal year. This budget is the first to be approved by the new Town Council that was elected in October of 2020.

The Town’s budgeted gross operating costs this year will amount to about $22.5 million. On the capital side of the ledger, Bridgewater’s gross capital expenditures are budgeted to total $14.2 million, making it the single largest one-year capital investment in the history of our community.

As part of budget approval, Council also endorsed its first residential tax rate increase in almost a decade. Council authorized a 10-cent residential tax rate increase, meaning the residential rate will move from $1.65 per $100 of assessment to $1.75 per $100 of assessment. The commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment.

🎥 WATCH APPROVAL OF THE 2021-2022 BUDGET HERE: https://business.facebook.com/BridgewaterNS/videos/907821783371807/?t=4401

“The budget process is seldom easy, and our Council had to make some tough choices this year – including a tax rate increase for the first time in nine years,” said Mayor David Mitchell.

“What’s really important for our residents to remember is that we’re putting this money to work for them – it’s being used to improve our community, to position Bridgewater to grow over the next decade, and to continue providing a high level of service to our residents in everything we do, from parks to culture and recreation programs to transit.”

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

-- Residential tax rate increase of 10 cents per $100 of assessment to $1.75.

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No commercial tax rate increase – rate remains at $3.97 per $100 of assessment.

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The commitment of more than $14 million in capital projects this year includes:
- $5.6 million in wastewater infrastructure upgrades to modernize our collection and treatment system
- $4.7 million total in road upgrades and infrastructure related projects, including more than $700,000 in pavement renewal projects throughout Bridgewater
- $3.2 million in new infrastructure for Exit 12A and the Bridgewater Business Park expansion
- $200,000 for sidewalk improvements

-- The Town’s commitment to core services and strategic priorities remains strong, including allocations for Fire Protection ($1.4 million), Bridgewater Police Service ($3.9 million net), REMO ($24,345) and other core services, such as Bridgewater Transit and Energize Bridgewater’s emerging program to reduce energy poverty in our community.

-- Council will also be investing in a land sales and marketing strategy for Town-owned land in the Bridgewater Business Park; an allotment of $115,000 has been earmarked for needed repairs to the roof and walls at the former Bridgewater Memorial Arena, while completing Transit/Parks staff space on site; and more than $129,000 has been earmarked to support local non-profit organizations through grants and tax exempt status.

“Our tax rate is still among the average rates for Nova Scotian towns of our size, but it’s never a joy when you have to broach the idea of an increase,” Mayor Mitchell said. “But, after holding the line for so many years, Council was unanimous in its agreement that the time has come for us to earnestly begin investing in the future and ensuring that our community can continue to thrive and prosper.”

The 2021-2022 budget, he noted, is fundamentally focused investing in growth and paving the way for sustainable economic development over the next decade.

“At the same time, we’re committing significant capital resources to our wastewater system and taking real, meaningful steps along the path toward having a clean LaHave River. It’s a long-term project – it’s going to take time to get to where we all want the river to be. It’s important to understand that modernizing our wastewater system isn’t solely about helping the environment,” he added.

“That work also has a long-term positive economic impact, as it will accommodate future housing and development and ensure our community can meet our growth needs as Bridgewater continues to blossom.”

📣 MORE FROM THE MAYOR ON BUDGET 2021-22 HERE: https://www.facebook.com/mayordavidmitchell

Town of Bridgewater -- Budget 2021-2022

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TOB Draft Budget Cover 2122REMINDER >>> BUDGET PRESENTATIONS AND INVITATION FOR PUBLIC INPUT

The Town of Bridgewater is beginning the final phase of budget planning for the 2021-22 year.

Budget meetings are currently scheduled for:
Monday, March 29 -- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 -- 6 p.m.
Monday, April 12 -- 6 p.m. (Council meeting and budget meeting, with budget discussion scheduled for 7 p.m.)

If additional meetings are required, they will be advertised accordingly.

Just as we do with regular meetings of Council, each of these budget meetings will be livestreamed via the Town's Facebook page (@BridgewaterNS) and made available as an archived recording following the meeting through the Facebook page and the Town's YouTube channel.

For interested members of the public, the Town of Bridgewater’s 2021-22 Proposed Budget is available at the front desk of the Town Office, 60 Pleasant Street in printed form.

The public is invited to provide comments and suggestions to the Director of Finance via the contact info below, by visiting www.bridgewater.ca/input, or by way of in-person appearance at any Town Council meeting prior to budget approval or visit us on Facebook. Respecting COVID-19 protocols, for information on attending a Town Council meeting at this time, please phone 902-543-4651.

Contact: Kim Hopkins, Director of Finance, at (902)541-4362 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Emergency Assistance Fund for Community Organizations

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TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONSVolunteer

GRANT CRITERIA
The Town of Bridgewater recognizes that, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, local groups and organizations have not been able to provide the community conventional programs and activities and that the inability to maintain these opportunities has resulted in significant financial hardship.

The Emergency Assistance Fund will help organizations impacted by cancelled events and activities, altered program delivery, increased costs related to equipment, leadership, coaches, facilities, and cleaning supplies, which has resulted in financial adversity.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
An applicant must complete and submit the application form, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The application form is a fillable PDF, so you can complete it on your computer or print it off and complete it by hand.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. All applications must be received at the Town Office before the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

The application period would include programs and activities that were planned during the period of September 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, but had to be cancelled or altered because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Local groups and organizations that receive emergency assistance through this program are still eligible to apply for regular municipal grants in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To be eligible for the Emergency Assistance Fund for Community Organizations, the applicant must demonstrate the following:

  • The applicant must be a non-profit (or not-for-profit) community, charitable, fraternal, educational, recreational, religious, cultural, or sporting organization.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that it has experienced a negative financial impact resulting from its inability to provide program opportunities, organize events and activities and/or has encountered general hardship due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Council and staff will restrict grants to groups and organizations that are providing a service to the Town and its residents.
  • Only one application per organization may be submitted.
  • Must clearly demonstrate the need for support.
  • Funding request cannot exceed the maximum total funding available ($1,000).
  • Approved projects must show recognition of the Town of Bridgewater on promotional material and/or other acknowledgements of the project.

RESTRICTIONS
Businesses are not eligible to apply for this emergency funding.

An applicant shall not request funding in excess of the estimated funds lost as a direct result of the cancellation of the planned programs or activities because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The decision on eligibility and the amount of funding awarded, if any, rests solely with the Council of the Town of Bridgewater. In addition, Town Council reserves the right to modify or reject any application and to approve funding amounts lower than the amount requested by the applicant.

FUNDING AMOUNTS
The maximum total funding available to an applicant is $1,000.

Applicants who own or operate a community facility or community hall located in the Town of Bridgewater are eligible to receive up to the maximum total amount ($1,000).

Sewer cleaning scheduled March 8 to 12

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SEWER CLEANING SCHEDULED -- MARCH 8 TO 12

Sewer cleaning will be taking place in parts of the Town of Bridgewater from Monday, March 8, to Friday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Cleaning work will be focused on:

1) King St from Jubilee Rd to Park St

2) Prince St from Jubilee Rd to Maple St

3) Jubilee Rd from Brook St to Southridge Crt

4) Brook St from Jubilee Rd to Smith Ave

5) Cornwallis St from Prince St to Scotia St

6) Scotia St from Park St to George St

7) George St from Scotia St to Alexandra Ave

8) Medway St from Pine St to Dublin Ave

9) King St from Old Bridge to Veterans Bridge

10) King St from Victoria Rd to Starr St

11) Franks Ln

12) York St from Empire St to Victoria Rd

13) Empire St from York St to High St

14) Churchill St from Dufferin St to Empire St

15) Glenridge Ave from Dominion St to Empire St

16) Pleasant St from Victoria Rd to Empire St

17) Phoenix St from Pleasant St to York St

18) Queen St from Phoenix St to Dominion St

19) High St from Victoria Rd to Empire St

>> What are sewers?

Sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plants where it is treated and then released to the river. Everything you pour down your drains or flush down your toilet goes into a sewer.

>> Why are you cleaning the sewers?

The cleaning and inspection program keeps the sewer system operating efficiently by:

  • Helping prevent blockages and backups.
  • Removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, grit and sand.
  • Determining the condition of the sewer so we can repair or replace sewers as necessary.

>> How do you clean the sewers?

We use a high-pressure nozzle to flush water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to the landfill.

>> How long does it take to clean the sewers on each street?

It usually takes about one day to clean the sewer on each block. However, some sewers can take longer, depending on their size and condition.

>> Do I need to do anything before you clean the sewers on my street?

Yes. Occasionally during cleaning and inspection, air pressure in the sewer can cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains.

Take the following precautions to prevent water damage in your home:

  • Close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use.
  • Insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.
  • Remove all floor mats in bathrooms.
  • Place an old towel around the base of toilets.
  • If you have a float plug in your floor drain or a backwater valve installed in your house, ensure that it is free of debris and operating properly.
  • Wrap the cover of your basement floor drains with plastic (i.e., a freezer bag). Place something heavy over the floor drains to keep the plastic-covered floor drain covers in place.

>> You may put things back as they were when the equipment has moved off your block.

>> Will I notice anything after you have cleaned the sewers on my street?

Sometimes the sewer cleaning and inspection leaves an odour in the home. If so, run some water down the sink and bathtub drains, flush the toilets, pour a pail of water into each basement floor drain and open the windows. After a short time, the odour should disappear.

>> Can I use the toilets and my water while you are cleaning the sewer on my block?

Yes. However, be careful as air pressure in the sewer during the cleaning and inspection can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.

>> How will I know when you are cleaning the sewers on my street?

In most cases, we will put a notice in your mailbox before we clean the sewers on your street. If we need to clean the sewer quickly because of a blockage, we won’t have time to let you know in advance.

>> When do you clean and inspect the sewers?

We have two types of programs:

1. A sewer cleaning program only: We move around the Town all year cleaning areas where there are persistent problems and doing emergency work to clear blockages.

2. A sewer cleaning and inspection program: We clean and inspect sewers in selected areas of the town each year, usually from November to April, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We realize that the equipment is very noisy and may disturb residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience.

>> Ways you can protect your home against sewer backup.

The sewer cleaning and inspection program is one of the steps that we take to reduce the risk of sewer backup. There are steps you can take to protect your home against basement flooding, including:

  • Install a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system.
  • Check and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly.
  • Improve drainage around your house.

>> Things that should not be flushed down toilets:

Feminine products, condoms, cooking grease, food, baby/wet wipes, rags, dental floss, Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, cat litter, pills, paper towels, Kleenex/facial tissue, cigarette butts, coffee grounds etc.

For more information, contact the Town of Bridgewater Public Works Department at (902) 543-5142 .

Sewer cleaning scheduled this week in parts of Bridgewater

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Sewer cleaning will be taking place in parts of the Town of Bridgewater from Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Cleaning work will be focused on:
- Mayfair subdivision
- LaHave Heights
- Hirtle Drive
- Streatch Drive (from Glen Allan Drive to Porter Crescent)
- Eastside Plaza area

>> What are sewers?
Sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plants where it is treated and then released to the river. Everything you pour down your drains or flush down your toilet goes into a sewer.

>> Why are you cleaning the sewers?
The cleaning and inspection program keeps the sewer system operating efficiently by:
• Helping prevent blockages and backups.
• Removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, grit and sand.
• Determining the condition of the sewer so we can repair or replace sewers as necessary.

>> How do you clean the sewers?
We use a high-pressure nozzle to flush water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to the landfill.

>> How long does it take to clean the sewers on each street?
It usually takes about one day to clean the sewer on each block. However, some sewers can take longer, depending on their size and condition.

>> Do I need to do anything before you clean the sewers on my street?
Yes. Occasionally during cleaning and inspection, air pressure in the sewer can cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains.
Take the following precautions to prevent water damage in your home:
• Close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use.
• Insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.
• Remove all floor mats in bathrooms.
• Place an old towel around the base of toilets.
• If you have a float plug in your floor drain or a backwater valve installed in your house, ensure that it is free of debris and operating properly.
• Wrap the cover of your basement floor drains with plastic (i.e., a freezer bag). Place something heavy over the floor drains to keep the plastic-covered floor drain covers in place.

>> You may put things back as they were when the equipment has moved off your block.

>> Will I notice anything after you have cleaned the sewers on my street?
Sometimes the sewer cleaning and inspection leaves an odour in the home. If so, run some water down the sink and bathtub drains, flush the toilets, pour a pail of water into each basement floor drain and open the windows. After a short time, the odour should disappear.

>> Can I use the toilets and my water while you are cleaning the sewer on my block?
Yes. However, be careful as air pressure in the sewer during the cleaning and inspection can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.

>> How will I know when you are cleaning the sewers on my street?
In most cases, we will put a notice in your mailbox before we clean the sewers on your street. If we need to clean the sewer quickly because of a blockage, we won’t have time to let you know in advance.

>> When do you clean and inspect the sewers?
We have two types of programs:
1. A sewer cleaning program only: We move around the Town all year cleaning areas where there are persistent problems and doing emergency work to clear blockages.
2. A sewer cleaning and inspection program: We clean and inspect sewers in selected areas of the town each year, usually from November to April, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We realize that the equipment is very noisy and may disturb residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience.

>> Ways you can protect your home against sewer backup.
The sewer cleaning and inspection program is one of the steps that we take to reduce the risk of sewer backup. There are steps you can take to protect your home against basement flooding, including:
• Install a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system.
• Check and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly.
• Improve drainage around your house.

>> Things that should not be flushed down toilets:
Feminine products, condoms, cooking grease, food, baby/wet wipes, rags, dental floss, Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, cat litter, pills, paper towels, Kleenex/facial tissue, cigarette butts, coffee grounds etc.

For more information, contact the Town of Bridgewater Public Works Department at (902) 543-5142 .

 

Talk Bridgewater at South Shore Centre -- Friday, February 26

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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.

Sanitary sewer work upcoming on Churchill Street

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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.

Bridgewater hires new Economic Development Officer

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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.”

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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