During the months of March and April, the Town of Bridgewater will be upgrading the elevator that serves visitors and staff at Town Hall. This work will prohibit access to certain floors of the building for those with mobility challenges.
In order to ensure Town Council meetings remain accessible to all members of the public during this time, discussion sessions and regular meetings of Town Council scheduled for March and April will be relocated to the DesBrisay Museum, beginning on March 11.
If you serve on a Town committee, you may wish to check in with the committee chairperson to see if the location of your meeting during this time period has changed to ensure accessibility.
Visitors requiring assistance on site when at Town Hall are encouraged to check in with staff at the front counter entrance at 60 Pleasant Street, or phone ahead with questions by calling 902-543-4651.
After 17 months serving the Town of Bridgewater’s residents and business community as a pilot and demonstration project, on Monday night Bridgewater Town Council moved to declare Bridgewater Transit a core and permanent service in the community.
“This is big news for our residents and for the riders who have come to rely on transit to get around Bridgewater,” said Mayor David Mitchell. “Our residents and businesses have told Council emphatically that, yes, we need a permanent bus service in our growing community and I’m very pleased to say tonight that’s now become a reality.”
Since Bridgewater began its transit program in September of 2017, more than 37,000 riders have used the service to travel the on-the-hour 16-kilometre loop within the community.
The original consultant’s report on the feasibility of transit in Bridgewater concluded that the service would have to reach a target of 16,000 riders during its first year of operation to be considered successful – Bridgewater Transit achieved that in just eight months.
“We have heard time and time again how transit has had a profoundly positive impact on the quality of life of our residents,” Mayor Mitchell said. “And the numbers back that up – ridership has wildly exceeded the expectations detailed in the original consultant’s report.”
Residents have been been using the bus to shop, attend medical appointments, visit with loved ones, explore the range of services and parks that Bridgewater has to offer, and much more.
During the 2018-19 demonstration phase, Bridgewater Transit was budgeted to operate at a cost of about $13 per rider. The actual cost, however, was closer to $6 per rider thanks to strong ridership, advertising revenue, and program efficiencies.
“Now that Bridgewater Transit has been made a core service, staff projections show that the cost per rider may rise slightly because of the end of subsidies and future capital costs – that means that Council will have to choose wisely when it comes to making capital improvements to the bus service and search out other sources of funding to minimize the impact on our taxpayers where we can,” Mayor Mitchell said.
“It’s a task that both Council and staff are prepared to tackle,” he added, “because we know it’s for the good of our community.
The DesBrisay Museum, the Bridgewater Museum Commission, and the Town of Bridgewater are excited to announce that beginning on December 1 the DesBrisay Museum will be eliminating regular admission charges for all age categories – meaning that the museum will be free to the public to access year-round.
“The Museum Commission worked with staff and did the research and found that this is a model that has worked to boost the profile of museums elsewhere in Atlantic Canada and across the country,” explained Lynette de Montreuil, the Culture, Heritage, and Events Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater.
“We’ll still be encouraging visitors to make donations to the museum, to shop in our gift shop, and to support paid programming, private rentals, and special events,” she added, “but we wanted to make general access to the museum and the story of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County free to all to enjoy.”
The adoption of free admission is part of the vision stemming from the recently approved Museum 2.0 concept that was endorsed by Bridgewater Town Council and the Bridgewater Museum Commission.
The Museum 2.0 concept calls for the museum to expand its role in the community and seek out new and dynamic ways to engage the local and travelling public, while continuing to share the stories of heritage, art, and culture that define the community.
“We’re really excited with the way the Museum 2.0 vision has been articulated and the way the museum has already taken steps to revamp its programming and its approach to telling Lunenburg County’s story,” said Museum Commission chairman Peter Oickle.
“By going to free admission, we’re opening up the museum to all people in the community all year long,” he added. “We’re giving everyone the chance to come through our doors and learn about what makes Bridgewater and Lunenburg County special – from the millennia old Mi’kmaq presence in the LaHave River Valley, to the period of European colonization, to the industrial revolution through today.”
The DesBrisay Museum is open year-round, including Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., during the fall and winter months. For more information, visit www.desbrisaymuseum.ca.
The Town of Bridgewater has chosen its next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Tammy Wilson will officially begin her employment as CAO with the Town on Monday, November 26.
“Tammy’s wealth of experience in municipal government, her enthusiasm, leadership skills, and vision make her an ideal choice to be our next CAO,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“Bridgewater is a growing, thriving community – we’re proud of what’s happening in our Town and, on behalf of Town Council and staff, I can say that we’re all excited about the skill and expertise that Ms Wilson adds to our organization,” he added.
Over the next few weeks, Wilson will be wrapping up a four-year stay as CAO with the Municipality of the District of Chester. During that time, she will be assisting with that municipality’s CAO transition planning process.
A long-time public servant, Wilson’s career highlights include having served as CAO for both the Municipality of the District of Chester and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and a stint with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs as Provincial Planning Director. She holds a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Dalhousie University.
Wilson is originally from Amherst and has called the South Shore home for more than 20 years. She has been an active volunteer in Bridgewater, is a past Chair of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank and currently serves as a board member with the YMCA of Lunenburg County.
“I am excited to become part of the Bridgewater team and to be part of such a great, growing community,” she said. “There are several initiatives underway that I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working on with Council and staff – the Smart Cities Challenge, Energize Bridgewater, transit, strategic planning, and various economic development and regional initiatives. There are a lot of really great things happening in Bridgewater.”
It’s not always easy to cope with rat and mouse populations, and that problem can become especially pronounced as the creatures seek warmer confines when the fall and winter months set in.
Mice and rats are carriers of disease and can damage property and are definitely something you don't want to encourage around your home or in your neighbourhood.
The Town of Bridgewater has a bait/trap program in place, which sees bait stations placed on Town-owned lands throughout Bridgewater, but we can't do it alone -- private home and land owners are resposnible for doing what they can to help control the mouse/rat population as well.
What can you do?
Health Canada has a number of suggestions on how to address issues related to rats and mice, including the following:
Prevention is key in controlling rat and mouse problems in your home. The first line of defence is to get rid of easy entry points. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as a dime, while rats can enter through a quarter-sized hole. Even the small gaps created by worn thresholds under doors will allow mice access to your home.
Use metal weather stripping under doors, and weather strip windows. Patch cracks in foundations; stuff steel wool around pipes before caulking or plastering; cover dryer vents, attic vents, and soffits with fine mesh metal screening.
Make your home less appealing to rodents by removing cosy nesting sites in unused clutter around your house and garage. Consider cutting tall grass and weeds back from your house and secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Raise any woodpiles about 30 centimetres (one foot) off the ground and place them away from your house. Also, avoid placing fatty or oily food waste, eggs, or milk products in the composter and make sure your garbage is secure.
If you already have rats or mice in your home, there are several options for control:
There are several types of traps that can be used to control rats and mice. Snap traps and electronic traps are easy to use and very effective if well positioned and set properly. They generally kill rats and mice instantly. Live traps have trap doors that are triggered when rats or mice walk over them.
Ultrasonic devices give off sound waves or vibrations that rats and mice dislike. Rats and mice may, however, adapt to the devices and return. It is recommended that ultrasonic devices be used along with other pest control options.
Important − if you use a pesticide to control your pest problem, read the label to make sure you are choosing the right product for the right pest. Follow all label directions and warnings carefully.
Always look for a Pest Control Products (PCP) number on the label so you know the product has been approved by Health Canada.
Anticoagulant rodenticides prevent the clotting of blood. These products are sold to the general public in a solid form such as a paraffin block. Anticoagulants are usually highly toxic. Keep away from children and pets.
Other products containing non-anticoagulant poisons available to the general public include the active ingredients cellulose from powdered corn cobs and bromethalin.
For more information, please visit Health Canada’s website, www.canada.ca/health.
What do I do if I find a dead rat on my property?
While wearing protective gloves or using an implement (for example, a shovel), put the rat carcass in your compost/green bin for waste collection.
In order to help motorists better plan their routes in Bridgewater during the ongoing pavement management work, we’d kindly ask travellers to take note of the following locations and planned work:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
Milling will take place on:
- King Street (Old Bridge to Dominion Street)
- Alexandra Avenue (Jubilee Road to Acadia Street)
- Jubilee Road (Town Line to Exhibition Drive)
Paving will take place at:
- North Street (Acadia Rentals to Credit Union)
- King Street
- Alexandra Avenue
- Jubilee Road
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
Milling will take place on:
- North Park Street (St. Phillips Street to Civic #44)
- Logan Road (St. Phillips Street to Purolator)
Paving will take place at:
- Town Hall Parking Lot
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Paving will take place at:
- Glen Allan Drive (Aberdeen Road to Streatch Drive)
- North Park Street
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Paving will take place at:
- Logan Road
- Smith/Regent Street Intersection
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the work, but we ask all to understand that these projects are key parts of this year’s pavement management plan in Bridgewater, which will see more than $680,000 invested in upgrading and maintaining street infrastructure.
We ask that all motorists plan to budget additional travel time when coming to or moving about within Bridgewater accordingly, and to exercise patience and respect for other motorists and work crews.
We invite you to share this message.
UPCOMING PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management improvements, including planing and paving on:
- Glen Allan Drive (Aberdeen Rd. to Streatch Dr.)
- Jubilee Road (Town Line to DesBrisay Dr.)
- King Street (Old Bridge St. to Dominion St.)
- Logan Road (St. Phillips St. to Purolator)
- North Park Street (St. Phillips St. to Civic #44),
- Alexandra Avenue (Jubilee Rd. to Acadia St.)
- Elm Street (LaHave St. to Civic #83)
- North Street (Aberdeen Rd. to Acadia Rentals)
- and Veterans Memorial Bridge (bridge deck)
Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Sunday, August 26, with a two-week completion date, weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.
The purpose of the work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide better ride ability.
The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the work, however you should expect some traffic delays.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Traffic delays, dust, noise and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work, on schedule.
Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection will continue. Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town’s website: www.bridgewater.ca.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:
Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
Office Phone: (902) 541-4370
Office Fax: (902) 543-0421
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.
Investing in innovative municipal infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced over $12.1 million in funding for 159 new initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
A total of 159 initiatives have been approved for funding through three infrastructure programs funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). Funding for these new initiatives amounts to $12,139,728.
Bridgewater is among the communities receiving funding through the MCIP. The town will receive $125,000 to fund community-scale climate mitigation developments and to study and develop financing mechanisms for green innovation projects.
The Government of Canada believes that local leaders know best what their communities need and is committed to working with them to strengthen their infrastructure. Municipalities are implementing some of Canada's most advanced green solutions, reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local priorities such as improving public transit, saving energy and improving waste management.
The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done in municipalities large and small.
BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL -- SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
On Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend a Special Meeting of the Council of the Town of Bridgewater with the purpose to consider an appeal of the Site Plan Approval for a 59,000 square foot retail store at 236 Dominion Street.
It was almost one year ago when Stephen Sander, the former high school teacher turned real estate mogul, reached out to Bridgewater and expressed his desire to do something remarkable for the community that gave him his start in Canada.
Today, it was revealed, he is in fact giving back to the greater Bridgewater community in multiple ways.
“Bridgewater is where my Canadian journey began, and it will always hold a special place in my heart as my Canadian home town,” Mr. Sander explained. “I would not have been able to go on to build such a successful business or have such a wonderful family without the generosity of this community. They gave me a new start after so many hardships and for this I will be forever grateful.”
Mr. Sander, through his business, Hollyburn Properties Limited, has committed $1 million to the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore for the creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital and $200,000 to the Bridgewater Elementary School playground project.
Work on the playground will begin once the school year ends, while renovation of existing operating room space and conversion into a MIS Suite will begin later this fall.
The creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite has been a priority at South Shore Regional Hospital for a long time. MIS is now standard in operating rooms, using laparoscopic technology for its procedures. This equipment completes the surgery through a few small incisions rather than one large opening, resulting in less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays for patients.
Arleen Stevens, Executive Director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, is amazed by the generosity of Mr. Sander to help make the $1.4 million wish a reality.
“This is by far the largest initiative the Health Services Foundation has ever taken on, and to have Mr. Sander and his family give this project its final donation is wonderful,” she said.
“Since discussions began, it has always been clear that Mr. Sander wanted to give back to ensure Bridgewater, the town that has meant so much to him, keeps growing and thriving,” Stevens explained.
“This wonderful donation will do just that by increasing the quality of healthcare locally and ensuring we can retain and attract surgeons on the South Shore with the latest technology available. This project means so much to the residents of the South Shore and we can’t thank Mr. Sander enough for his extreme kindness and vision.”
Meanwhile, at Bridgewater Elementary School (BES), a Sander family gift of $200,000 will go directly toward the completion of Phase 1 of the Playground Project.
Travis Vaughn, of the Bridgewater Elementary School (BES) Playground Committee, advised that the donation will have an immediate positive impact on the health and well-being of BES students, and the local community, who use the playground space on a daily basis.
“The BES Playground Committee naturally linked the need for a playground and community park with Mr. Sander’s incredible story and gesture,” Mr. Vaughn said.
“The Playground Project will include natural-play features, an outdoor classroom, traditional play equipment, painted games, landscaping, and more,” he explained.
“The members of the BES Playground Committee are beyond grateful for this sizeable donation, and combined with the group’s other fundraising efforts, the challenge of providing a new facility and community park will be realized in much less time than originally anticipated.”
Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell said that the two projects are important building blocks in helping to grow the town and ensure its people can live healthy and active lives – both today and for years to come.
“A year ago, when Mr. Sander, his daughter, Karen, and the Hollyburn organization reached out to the Bridgewater area, it quickly became clear that they wished to do something special for our area that would touch lives across generations,” recalled Mayor Mitchell.
“Through the whole process that brought us to today, they’ve been responsive and engaging, and really wanted to understand how best to positively impact the most lives in Bridgewater and the surrounding area. I think they’ve accomplished just that.”
SMART CITIES CHALLENGE -- BRIDGEWATER NAMED A NATIONAL FINALIST
We are pleased, excited, and proud to share this morning that the Town of Bridgewater is one of the finalist communities selected for the #SmartCitiesChallenge!
In being named a finalist for the #SmartCitiesChallenge, the Town of Bridgewater will be getting $250,000 in federal funding to further detail, enhance, and refine our final proposal in pursuit of the $5 million prize in our category.
Our goal? To lift 20% of our residents out of energy poverty by 2028.
To learn more about energy poverty, how it impacts about 2 out of 5 people in our community, and what we hope to do about it, we welcome you to visit http://www.bridgewater.ca/smartcities.
UPDATED: Bridgewater is one of just FIVE communities across the country still competing in the $5 million prize category. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/05/backgrounder--smart-cities-challenge-improving-the-lives-of-canadians-through-innovation-data-and-technology.html