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Spring watermain flushing schedule

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N O T I C E -- PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
BRIDGEWATER SPRING WATERMAIN FLUSHING SCHEDULE 2018

Customers are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of April 28 to May 10, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and in accordance with the schedule below.

Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the flushing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually, and main water valves in basements should be turned off when flushing is being undertaken in their area.

If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (902) 541-4370.

SCHEDULE:

APRIL 28, 29, MAY 1 – All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.

MAY 2 – All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.

MAY 3 -- All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive. 

MAY 5, 6, 8 – East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.

MAY 9 – “Pressure zone” on east side of LaHave River, which includes Winter Street, Winburn Avenue above Glen Sarty Drive, Pine Grove Road, New Pine Grove Road, Highway 10 between Highway 103 and Champlain Drive.

MAY 10 – “Pressure zone” Dufferin Street Booster Station on west side of LaHave River which includes Pinecrest Subdivisions (DesBrisay, Olympiad, Sunset, Pinecrest, Cherry), Westmount Heights Subdivision (Atlantic, Westmount, Centennial, Micmac) and the upper end of Jubilee Road (from Desbrisay Dr. to Route 3).

NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.

Bridgewater Town Council approves 2018-19 budget

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • No residential or commercial tax increase
  • $685,000 being invested in pavement management projects
  • Full year of public transit, plus a reserve set up for future transit needs
  • Focus on core services, implementation of Economic Development Action Plan, and Community Energy Investment Program

The Town of Bridgewater concluded the 2018-19 budget process on Monday night by officially approving the budget document and setting the tax rate.

The Town will spend approximately $19.8 million next year on operational and $2.9 million on capital costs but will not increase the residential or commercial tax rates.

“The 2018-19 budget is financially responsible, balancing both what we can afford and the level of service our citizens have come to expect,” said Mayor David Mitchell.

“The highlights in this budget include continued support for Energize Bridgewater, as well as a full year of public transit, and all without a tax rate increase,” he noted. “Increasing service to the community while maintaining the tax rate is all because of the hard work that staff put into making sure we live within our means.”

This budget was not without its challenges, the Mayor noted.

“Positions were reduced, which is never an easy or pleasant task,” he said. “Managers, councillors, and I were each asked to find ways to reduce our budgets. The process isn’t fun, but it’s necessary and this budget is good for Bridgewater.”

 BUDGET 2018-19 DETAILS:

  • No tax rate increase – the residential rate will remain, for a seventh-straight year, at $1.65 per $100 of assessment, while the commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment for the second-straight year.
  • Every arm of the Town’s operations, including Town Council, made spending reductions to balance the budget.
  • Bridgewater Transit was extended with no rate increase. A reserve has also been set up for future transit-related purchases.
  • Investment continues in the Energize Bridgewater initiative, with a focus on implementing the Town’s Community Energy Investment Plan.
  • Additional investments were made in wastewater treatment infrastructure and the Town’s paving budget. Next year, $685,000 will be invested in pavement management and street maintenance projects in Bridgewater.
  • Money has been allocated for a downtown banner program, more trails at Generations Active Park, the completion of the Bridgewater Skate Park, and an investment in urban forestry.

Investing in Community Transportation for Bridgewater

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PROVINCIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Investing in Community Transportation for Bridgewater -- From the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage


DSC 0289Government is investing in Bridgewater’s fixed route bus transit pilot project to help ensure more people have access to affordable, accessible and reliable community transportation.

Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, Feb 26., an investment of $200,000.

 “Access to reliable and affordable community transportation is critical to ensuring we have strong, connected and more vibrant communities,” said Mr. Furey. “This is especially important for older adults and citizens who rely on community transportation to help them remain in their homes, stay connected to their jobs, and provide them with better access to important services such as health.

 “We are making it a priority to improve access to community transportation, especially in rural areas.”

 Bridgewater launched its pilot project in September 2017 for a six-month trial period with the support of the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program.

 “Transportation needs can present huge challenges to our residents for a variety of reasons. Extending this demonstration project will help to further reduce those barriers so that all of our residents can fully participate in our community,” said Mayor David Mitchell.

 “We’re already hearing great stories of how the transit system has resulted in the transformation of lives, by allowing residents to get and keep a new job or participate in community events that were previously unreachable.”

 Halifax Regional Municipality donated two Metro X buses for the demonstration project.

 Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.

 As part of the Culture Action Plan’s mandate to strengthen communities, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is developing a plan to improve access to community transportation across the province with a focus on rural communities and older Nova Scotians.

Share your thoughts on Bridgewater Transit

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Help us Move Forward with Bridgewater Transit!

The Town of Bridgewater is looking for input on how the transit service has helped you so far, how it has connected you to services and jobs, why you might not have taken the bus yet, or how it can be improved in the future.

You're invited to stop by our two public sessions at the LCLC on Wednesday, February 14 -- the first will take place from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. and the second from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

And both line up with the bus schedule, if you want to catch a ride there!

Bridgewater Transit Public Meeting poster

Bridgewater Transit -- 2018 User Survey

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BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT -- 2018 SURVEY

The Town of Bridgewater launched a new transit service in September. This is a pilot project, which means that the Town will be operating the service temporarily, then considering implementing it for a longer period of time.

As part of this project, we would like to get a sense of your travel behaviour and perceptions of the transit pilot program.

To take the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZY9RML or click below.

Bridgewater Transit -- What to expect during a storm

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Our Atlantic Canadian winters can wreak havoc on travel plans. The Town of Bridgewater is committed to providing a transit program that balances reliable public service with safety in the face of stormy conditions.

 

STORMY WEATHER ARRIVES
When bad weather is in the forecast, public safety takes precedence. Bridgewater Transit drivers will be working with our Public Works staff to keep our transit service on the road as much as possible, however in instances where there is signigicant snowfall in the forecast (more than 10 centimeters), users should expect transit service may be delayed and plan accordingly. If there are disruptions in service, the Town of Bridgewater will inform the public immediately.

WHERE TO GET INFO ON BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT
If Bridgewater Transit service is temporarily delayed or there is a detour, we will make sure it reaches our users in a number of different ways. Transit information is published on the Town of Bridgewater’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts, as well as the @BWTraffic Twitter account. We also provide updates through CKBW/Country 100.7 and the CBC Nova Scotia Storm Centre.

POSSIBLE DETOURS
Storms can be unpredictable and Bridgewater Transit may still be in service while needing to avoid certain parts of town. For example, if loaders are being used to clear snow from King Street, the bus may detour up Victoria Rd. to York St., picking up the route again at Alexandra and Maple.

SAFELY USING BUS STOPS
During the winter, snowbanks along street curbs can provide obstacles for those travelling on foot or trying to board the bus. While we do our best to ensure areas around marked bus stops are passable, if there is a snowbank near a marked stop or a flag stop you’re creating, look for the closest curb cut or driveway where there is no snow and wait there ̶ our drivers will be on the lookout for you!

 

What to expect during and after a storm

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A STORM
Winter in Atlantic Canada can be challenging. Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect DURING a storm.

WHEN DOES PLOWING BEGIN?
Plowing begins when snow cover on primary roads reaches between 3 to 4 inches. The remainder of plows are brought in near the completion of the storm. If snowfall is significant (in excess of 4 inches), plowing may begin on secondary streets prior to the end of a storm to permit emergency access. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm and will assist in response to calls if requested/required to do so.

DOES SERVICE CHANGE BASED ON THE TIME OR DAY?
The Town of Bridgewater’s crews provide the same level of service during and after a winter storm regardless of the time of day or day of the week.

WHY SALT BEFORE A STORM?
Salt is typically applied to road surfaces just prior to or at the beginning of a winter storm to create a barrier between the road and the snow accumulation. This helps our crews remove snow and ice with plows later. Without the application of salt, snow and ice will more readily pack to the road and removing it from the surface can become much more challenging. A typical salt run of the entire town takes 2 to 3 hours.

HOW DO I GET INFORMATION?
Listen to local radio and follow Bridgewater Traffic (@BWtraffic) or the Bridgewater Police Service (@policenews) on Twitter in order to get updates on road and weather conditions during and after a winter storm.

SERIOUS BUSINESS
Take winter weather seriously and adjust your plans accordingly. Stay off the road during a storm unless travel is absolutely necessary ̶ keeping our roads clear of traffic and parked cars helps the snow removal process.

GOOD PLANNING
High winds, flooding, storm surges, and icy conditions can make driving dangerous and cause power outages for three days or more. The Regional Emergency Management Organization recommends having enough supplies to comfortably stay in your home for three to four days without needing to go out, even if the power is off. You’ll want to think about having batteries, flashlights, drinking water, and food on hand. Visit emergencymeasures.ca for a complete checklist.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A STORM
Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect AFTER a storm.

The First 12 Hours After
Public Works crews begin clearing, starting with main arteries and hills in Bridgewater. Our job is to ensure that emergency vehicles have basic access to every area of our community.

From 12 to 24 Hours After
Crews work on sidewalk maintenance, starting first near Bridgewater’s school zones. We also “wing back” snow or ice cover on streets and begin removal of snow from parking spaces in the downtown, allowing our local businesses to resume normal operation as soon as possible.

From 24 to 48 Hours After and Beyond
Sidewalk maintenance and winging back of snow cover on streets continues during this period.

PARKING AND CLEARING DURING A STORM
Under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person shall park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street which obstructs winter maintenance during or after a snow storm. Such vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Also, under Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, snow cannot be plowed across any streets or onto sidewalks. Snow shall be stored on the property being cleared or hauled away and dumped in an approved location.

BE SMART AND SAFE
During bad weather, heed the advice of the Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP on the radio and online. If you can stay off the roads, please do so.

PLOW IT FORWARD
The Town of Bridgewater is a supporter of the Plow It Forward campaign, which encourages neighbours to help each other, particularly the elderly or those with physical challenges, to clear snow and ice after a storm. You can also do your part by adopting a neighbourhood hydrant.

Bridgewater Transit Advertising Program

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To book your space on the Bridgewater Transit bus, please contact the Town's Communications Coordinator, Patrick Hirtle, at 902-541-4388 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

The Town of Bridgewater is excited to officially launch the Bridgewater Transit Advertising Program!

Are you looking for a great way to get word around town about your business or organization? Would you like to reach an audience of literally thousands of people each day all along the 16-kilometre Bridgewater Transit route?

Then this is an opportunity that you won't want to miss!

We're now offering options to purchase advertising inside the bus, on the exterior of the bus, and an exclusive opportunity to advertise on our Bridgewater Transit passes!

For more information, including rates, you can download a copy of the advertising program document here.

Before proceeding, we'd also encourage you to take a look at the Transit Advertising Policy by clicking here.

 

2018 Volunteer nominations!

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It's almost that time of year again -- time to start thinking about which top volunteers in Bridgewater should be honoured in 2018!

The Town of Bridgewater is currently accepting nominations in three categories:

- 2018 Corporate Volunteer

- 2018 Representative Volunteer

- 2018 Volunteer Family

To submit a nominee for consideration in any or all of the categories, click on the links above for a downloadable doc file.

Water service and traffic notice for King Street & area

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THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF BRIDGEWATER WILL shut off the water to a perform gate valve replacement in the area of:

King Street, from Old Bridge to 668 King St., including Dominion St up to Pleasant St, on Sunday, October 29, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

AND TRAFFIC NOTICE -- KING STREET

Please be advised, the following section of street will be closed to carry out repair work to water main gate valve:

KING STREET, from Empire St. to Dufferin St., on Sunday, October 29, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This section of street will be closed to south-bound traffic only until the work is completed. Traffic will be detoured accordingly. Local traffic will be permitted.

The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT USERS -- SCHEDULE TWEAKING COMING NEXT WEEK

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As of Wednesday, November 1, the timetable for Bridgewater Transit is changing. We're tweaking the schedule so that our Transit will now run fully on the hour.

For example, if you're getting on the bus at the LCLC at 7 a.m., it'll be back at the LCLC in exactly one hour at 8 a.m The minor change will make the entire schedule more user-friendly!

Check out the revised schedule below and pick up your hard copy next week! We invite you to share this message!

ALSO -- TRANSIT PASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

Bridgewater Transit multi-ride cards are now available for purchase at Town Hall, Schedule for web blueBridgewater Pharmasave, and the LCLC. For more information, visit www.bridgewater.ca/transit.

 

Bridgewater Transit Survey

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We have created a survey about the transit system and would really like your input!

This is for everyone, whether you use the bus every day, don't use the bus at all, live outside of Bridgewater or are thinking about using the bus soon -- we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

You can click here to take the survey!