February 29, 2016: For immediate release
TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER
PROJECT UPDATE – TAKE BACK THE RIVERBANK
This is the first formal update on the Take Back The Riverbank project for the 2016 year. The primary purpose of this release is to communicate the current timeline of events, which is detailed below.
Take Back The Riverbank kicked off with the tear-down of the South Parkade in November of 2015. Within about a month, the parkade was removed from the site of the future waterfront public space.
The next phase of Take Back The Riverbank will begin in the spring, continuing through the summer and into the fall months of 2016.
During this time, the following components will be completed:
- Upgrading of the sanitary, storm, and water lines beneath King Street. Sanitary and storm lines will be separated as part of this process, improving the efficiency of the Town's wastewater-treatment system.
- Construction of the new waterfront public space.
- After the underground work is complete, on-street improvements will be completed, including curb bump-outs and reverse-angle parking.
The tender call for the project was issued on February 19, with a close-date set for March 17. We hope to award the contract for the work by the end of March.
The start date for the project contract is scheduled to be early April – HOWEVER, that does not mean that construction on King Street will be starting right away in April. Work will first begin on the development of the full construction plan, including detailed project timelines, to guide us through 2016.
After the contract is awarded, and as proposed timelines are developed, the Town of Bridgewater will provide that information as soon as possible to merchants, customers, and the general public.
- The contract for construction of the next phase of Take Back The Riverbank will be awarded by the end of March.
- A detailed timeline for construction will be released in April.
- King Street businesses in the construction area (between Old Bridge and Dufferin Street) will remain accessible on foot during much of the project. However, there will be times when, due to construction and related safety issues, access will not be possible. These disruptions will be short term in duration and businesses will be notified in advance.
- Signage will be erected indicating all businesses within the construction area are open during the project.
- At the end of the project, King Street will still be open to two-way traffic.
- On-street parking will still be available on King Street north of Old Bridge during construction, as well as at the North Parkade, Town Centre Lot, and O’Neill Lot – for more information on parking availability in Downtown Bridgewater, you can click here.
Patrick Hirtle, MA
60 Pleasant Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 3X9
A message from Bridgewater Police Service
The Bridgewater Police Service will be doing directed enforcement on crosswalks during the months of March and April 2016, with the emphasis on educating motorists and pedestrians on their responsibility when approaching and using a crosswalk.
An interesting point to note is that a driver can also be a pedestrian at some point in time and a pedestrian can also be a driver at some point in time; yet both will complain about one another at a crosswalk not yielding the right-of-way.
In section125 (6) of the Motor Vehicle Act, the Act indicates a driver and a pedestrian both need to exercise due care at a crosswalk.
When using a crosswalk, there are a few things pedestrians need to do:
1. Make eye contact with the driver before stepping into the crosswalk
2. Use the crosswalk beacon when one is available
3. Stop at the curb and face the crosswalk allowing the driver time to recognize that you are getting ready to use the crosswalk if no beacon is available.
4. Extend your arm out in front of you so the driver can see that you are intending to cross
5. Never run out into a crosswalk.
The main focus at a crosswalk is safety, and both drivers and pedestrians need to work together to accomplish this.
Below are the sections in the motor vehicle act that hold pedestrians accountable for their action at a crosswalk:
Section 125Pedestrian and vehicle rights of way
125 (1) Where pedestrian movements are not controlled by traffic signals,
(a) the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a Pedestrian lawfully within a crosswalk or stopped facing a crosswalk; Carries a fine is $697.50 for the first offence and four (4) points on your driver’s license
(b) where the traffic on a highway is divided into separate roadways by a median, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian lawfully within a crosswalk or stopped facing the crosswalk on the roadway on which the vehicle is travelling.
Carries a fine is $697.50 for the first offence and four (4) points on your driver’s license
(2) Where a vehicle has stopped at a crosswalk to yield to a Pedestrian pursuant to subsection (1), it is an offence for the driver of any other Vehicle approaching from the rear to overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
Carries a fine is 406.45 for the first offence and four (4) points on your driver’s license
(3) A pedestrian shall not leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so closely approaching that it is impractical for the driver of the vehicle to stop.
Carries a fine is 406.45 for the first offence and NO points on your driver’s license
(4) Where a pedestrian is crossing a roadway at a crosswalk that has a pedestrian-activated beacon, the pedestrian shall not leave a curb or other place of safety unless the pedestrian-activated beacon has been activated.
Carries a fine is 406.45 for the first offence and NO points on your driver’s license
(5) A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a crosswalk shall yield the right of way to vehicles upon the roadway.
Carries fine is 406.45 for the first offence and NO points on your driver’s license
(6) This Section does not relieve a pedestrian or a driver of a Vehicle from the duty to exercise due care. 2007, c. 45, s. 9.
SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS UPDATE
Courtesy the BHS Monthly Newsletter
The first of three public meetings examining the Park View and Bridgewater families of schools will be held on February 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bridgewater Junior Senior High School. The purpose of this meeting will be to present objectives and draft scenarios to the general public.
A School Options Committee with membership from School Advisory Councils and community members will present their ideas and receive public feedback.
The scenarios may include changing grade configurations at some schools and potential catchment area changes for other schools.
Recommendations for review documents and school review information can be found on the South Shore Regional School Board website.
The governing board will make final decisions on the School Options Committee recommendations on the Park View and Bridgewater schools at a board meeting in the spring of 2016.
The Town of Bridgewater has started preparing its budget for the 2016/17 year. The Town invites input from the public on its expenditures for public services. Budget approval is tentatively scheduled for May 9, 2016.
Please provide your comments and suggestions to:
Dawn Keizer, MBA, CA
Director of Finance
Or provide feedback to us through the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page.
Waste collection is cancelled for today, January 13, 2016, because of the overnight snowfall and has been rescheduled in both towns and the municipality for this coming Saturday.
The community recycling centre will be closed until 12 noon today. The site may reopen at noon, depending upon the road conditions. Please listen to CKBW for updated information as the morning progresses.
CBC's Feed Nova Scotia Day is reaching out across the province in a bigger way this year:
"On Friday, December 11th, we will be at the Bridgewater Sobeys with volunteers collecting donations for the annual Feed Nova Scotia fundraiser. We're hoping you can join us!"
A welcoming invitation from the Town of Bridgewater to food trucks near and far!
To learn more about the Town's Vending By-Law, click here.
The Town of Bridgewater is seeking a representative from a stakeholder group in Bridgewater to participate on the Town's Downtown Plan Advisory Committee (DPAC). The purpose of this committee is to advise Town Council on the development and management of an implementation strategy for Bridgewater's Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan Final Report, which can be viewed by clicking here.
The Town is seeking one representative from a stakeholder group of Bridgewater to serve on the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee for the next three years.
The Town of Bridgewater is pleased to share the online edition of its quartlerly newsletter, The Bridge!
Join us in the March 2015 issue, as we tackle questions about snow removal, and provide information on the Bridgewater Community Garden Network's plams for 2015, the new municipal planning documents, the Town's annual budget process and so much more!
To get your digital copy of The Bridge, just click here.
Established August 20th, 2014 as a partnership between the provincial government and municipalities in all of Lunenburg County, eastern Shelburne County and the Region of Queens Municipality, the new entity is intended to connect economic development partners, support business growth and retention and provide regional leadership on economic development priorities.
On October 27th, 2014 the REN's Liaison and Oversight Committee chose District of Chester Warden, Allen Webber, as its Chair and immediately set about its first task, establishing an inaugural Board of Directors with extensive business experience who will be responsible for developing a regional economic development strategy and for recruiting and managing the entity's CEO.
The Board of Directors will be made up of private sector representation and elected officials. Directors should be passionate about growing their economy and willing to invest their time and talent into creating and building a brand new organization.
The South Shore REN is specifically seeking candidates for the Board of Directors, with combined skills and experience in business, industry, corporate governance, financial stewardship, strategic planning, communications, partnership development, stakeholder relations, and expertise in law, accounting, economic development and entrepreneurship.
Recruitment packages and applications will be distributed by the municipal partners; the deadline for receipt of applications is January 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
Nova Scotians who need help with home heating costs can now apply for the province's heating rebate program.
The 2014-15 Heating Assistance Rebate Program, launched on Thursday (October 30th), offers a rebate of up to 200 dollars to eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, propane, electricity or coal.
To qualify, applicants must be a household with a net annual income of 42-thousand dollars or less or a single person earning 27-thousand dollars or less annually.
Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services' offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca, or by calling 1-800-670-4357.
****Please note that this rebate program is not administered by the Town of Bridgewater. This notice has been posted on our website for informational purposes only. For further informaiton, or to apply, please contact Service Nova Scotia at the website or phone number listed above*****
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).