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UPCOMING SMOKE TESTING – WASTEWATER SYSTEM

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Smoking Testing Areas 2020The Town of Bridgewater will be conducting some “smoke testing” of the town’s sanitary sewer system from August 17 through 21.

UPDATE: Additional smoke testing will be taking place in Bridgewater, August 24 to 26. Locations include:

  1. High St. (Empire St. – Dufferin St.)
  2. Dufferin St. (High St. – Hillcrest St.)
  3. Dominion St. (High St. – Forrest Hill Rd.)
  4. King St. (Starr St. – Town Limits on Southend of Town)

    Door-to-door notices will be delivered by staff to those in the testing area.

Smoke testing is a method used to find potential leaks and deficiencies within the wastewater system, such as cracks and breaks, which would not otherwise be easily located without more intrusive investigations, such as excavation.

The smoke testing of wastewater infrastructure is part of the Town’s ongoing Inflow and Infiltration Study, being conducted by DesignPoint Engineering and Surveying Ltd. The tests will be taking place in the month of August on the west (King Street) side of the river, with a focus on the central and southern ends of town.

Once exact locations are confirmed, residents living in areas where smoke testing will be taking place will be notified door to door.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SMOKE TESTING OCCURS
First thing’s first – it’s not really smoke.

During testing, a non-toxic, light gray, artificially created “smoke” – like a fog machine at a concert – is blown into access points (manholes) in the wastewater system. While not harmful to humans, pets, plants, it can be irritating to folks with respiratory issues. If you see testing taking place near a manhole and you have respiratory problems, you may wish to avoid travelling through the area.

If you are notified that smoke testing is going to occur in your neighborhood, you should make sure that all plumbing traps connected to your sinks, tubs/showers, and floor drains have water in them. This can be done by pouring three cups of water in them or running the faucet for 60 seconds.

Frequently used plumbing traps typically have water in them. However, if not frequently used, traps can go dry allowing smoke (and sewer gas) into your home.

If your plumbing traps have water in them as described above, the smoke should not enter your home during testing. If it does, it may be an indication of a defect in your plumbing and could mean sewer gases may enter your home, which can be a health hazard. If you notice this during testing in your house, you should contact your plumber.

Plumes coming from plumbing vents and manhole rims during testing is normal. Plumes located in other areas can indicate defects and will be noted and photographed.

Most homes will only be in the test area for one or two set ups, and each set up takes approximately 30 minutes. Smoke test crews will walk around the outside of your house and yard looking for smoke exiting the sewer system.

If you are home and see smoke inside or outside your home, you can notify a member of the test team on site.

 

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In-person regular Town Council meetings to resume Monday night

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BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL RESUMES IN-PERSON REGULAR MEETINGS MONDAY NIGHT

Last week, the Province of Nova Scotia relaxed COVID-19 protocols to allow municipal councils to once again meet in person.

The Town of Bridgewater will, therefore, resume in-person regular meetings of Town Council in Council Chambers at Town Hall beginning with the next regular meeting on Monday, August 10.

An agenda package for that meeting can be found here: https://www.bridgewater.ca/document-library/council-agendas-and-minutes/council-agendas/2020-council-agendas/1992-august-10-2020-regular-meeting-of-town-council/file

PLEASE NOTE THAT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AS FOLLOWS:

All attendees (Council, staff, members of the public) will be required to wear a non-medical mask at all times when moving about within Town Hall.

Once attendees are seated in Council Chambers in accordance with six feet of physical/social distancing from others present, attendees may remove masks if they desire to do so.

Total attendance (including Council, staff, and the public) in Council Chambers for each meeting will be limited to a maximum of 18 people.

Public attendance will be limited to a maximum of five members of the public.

Any member of the public wishing to attend a Town Council meeting MUST pre-register with Town Hall by phoning 902-541-4385. This will allow the Town to collect contact-tracing information in the event of a potential exposure to COVID-19.

You will be asked to complete a COVID-19 health screening during pre-registration. Priority for public attendance will be given to delegations.

 REMINDER: Regular meetings of Bridgewater Town Council will continue to be live-streamed via the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page (@BridgewaterNS), allowing the public to watch the proceedings of each meeting from the comfort and safety of home.

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 26, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)
Media Release

Date July 26, 2020

UPDATE (10:45 a.m.)


At approximately 9:00 p.m. last night, Lunenburg District RCMP received a call regarding an attempted stolen vehicle in Hebbville, Nova Scotia. RCMP, with assistance of Bridgewater Police Service, set up a perimeter to allow RCMP ERT to search the location for the suspect. 

After a thorough search of a wooded area in Hebbville, Tobias Charles Doucette was located and arrested without incident. Doucette was still only wearing shorts, with no shoes or shirt. No weapons were located during the arrest. Doucette suffered no injuries as the result of the arrest. He was assessed by EHS while in custody for his wellbeing.

Police were prepared for a safe resolution and are pleased that no one else was hurt during this event.

The police investigation is ongoing and Doucette is expected to appear at Bridgewater Justice Centre on Monday, July 27, 2020, for initial plea. 

Police again want to thank the public for their understanding and heightened sense of awareness over the past several days. Police are also grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes for Sgt. Bennett and K-9 Fergus as they continue with their recoveries.

PROS # 20201004511
Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 24, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)
Media Release

Date July 24, 2020

UPDATE (Apx. 10:30 p.m.)

Earlier this afternoon, Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP responded to a possible sighting of Tobias Charles Doucette in the area of Glen Allan Drive in Bridgewater. After Police arrival a second possible sighting was received in the area of Hollingsworth Drive. Police believe these sightings were credible.

Police established a perimeter around the search area and attempted to locate Doucette into the evening hours, but were unable to do so. Bare foot prints were located in the search area adding to the credibility of the tips.

Tobias Doucette is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault. He is 6’2”, 220 lbs., brown hair, green eyes, and is 31 years of age. At last confirmed sighting, he was wearing no shirt, no shoes, and black shorts.

Police remind the public to remain aware that Doucette has not been located. We ask anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Doucette to call their local police agency immediately. The public is also reminded not to approach him.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 23, 2020 -- 2130hrs

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Media Release – For Immediate Release

Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)

Media Release

Date July 23, 2020

UPDATE (Apx. 9:30 p.m.)

The search for Tobias Charles Doucette continues at this time.  There have been no confirmed sightings since the attempt to arrest Doucette near the LaHave River, Lunenburg County, NS, on July 21, 2020.  His current whereabouts are unknown.

Police and RCMP have investigated multiple tips and possible sightings throughout Nova Scotia that have been received from members of the community. 

Police remind the public to remain aware that Doucette has not been located.  Anyone who believes they have witnessed Doucette is asked to call their local police agency and the public is reminded not to approach him.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 23, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release

Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)

Date July 23, 2020

SITUATION UPDATE

The search for Tobias Charles Doucette continues at this time, with RCMP currently leading search efforts in an area south of the Town of Bridgewater. Anyone who witnesses suspicious persons or activities possibly related to this case are asked to avoid contact and immediately call police.

Bridgewater Police Service is continuing to conduct a criminal investigation as a result of the incident that took place at the Bridgewater Hotel on High Street on July 20, 2020.

As part of the ongoing investigation, Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP are working cooperatively to follow up on the many tips that have been phoned in by the community. We would like to thank our residents for their continued vigilance and assistance during this time as BPS and RCMP work toward a safe and successful resolution to this case.

Sgt. Matthew Bennett, who was injured while responding to the initial domestic violence complaint, is stable and continues to rest and recover in hospital. Out of respect for the privacy of Sgt. Bennett and his family, we will be providing no additional updates at this time.

As the investigation and search for Tobias Doucette has unfolded over the past number of days, many businesses and individuals in and around the Bridgewater area have sent letters and messages of support and made donations in support of BPS and RCMP members. We are truly overwhelmed and thankful for the support that has been shown by our community during this challenging time.

Doucette>>>>

Tobias Charles Doucette is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault.  He is described as 6’2”, 220 lbs, with brown hair, green eyes. When last seen, he was wearing no shirt, no shoes, and black shorts.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

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Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 22, 2020

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For Immediate Release

Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)

Media Release

Date July 22, 2020

UPDATE

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 1 p.m., BPS and RCMP officers were alerted of a possible sighting of Tobias Doucette in the LaHave River.  Police attempted to apprehend him as he fled on foot into the woods off of Highway 331 in Conquerall Bank, NS.  An RCMP Police dog was injured during that attempted arrest.  Doucette was not taken into police custody.  Police have been actively searching for Doucette since that time.  RCMP Critical Incident Command has taken over the search lead due to the last incident and last known location occurring in the Conquerall Bank area of Lunenburg County.

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On July 20, 2020, at approximately 11 p.m., Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to third party Domestic Violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel, High Street, Bridgewater.  Once inside, Tobias Doucette attacked police with an edged weapon striking Sgt. Matthew Bennett in the neck.  Doucette immediately fled the area on foot.  Sgt. Bennett, a 13-year member with Bridgewater Police Service, underwent successful surgery yesterday in the Capital Health Region.  He is currently recovering in hospital.  BPS and RCMP continue to search for Doucette.  Anyone that witnesses suspicious persons or activities on properties are asked to avoid contact and immediately call police. 

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

902-543-2464

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update

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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service
Media Release
Date July 21, 2020

UPDATE

DoucetteTobias Charles Doucette, currently residing in Bridgewater, has been charged with Attempted Murder of a Bridgewater Police Sergeant under Section 239(1) (b) of the Criminal Code and Assault on his common law partner under Section 266 of the Criminal Code. A Warrant of Arrest was applied for and granted at the Bridgewater Justice Centre. There are no confirmed sightings since the Alert Ready message was sent.

The Domestic Violence victim is no longer at risk and is in a safe location. Our officer is currently in surgery in the Capital Health Region. BPS and RCMP continue to search for Doucette (photo attached). Anyone who witnesses suspicious persons related to this matter are asked to avoid contact and immediately call police.

PROS # 20201004511
Deputy Chief MacPhee

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On July 20th, 2020 at approx. 11 pm, Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to third party Domestic Violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel, High Street, Bridgewater. Once inside the male attacked police with an edged weapon striking one officer in the neck. The male immediately fled the area on foot. The senior officer is currently in hospital with serious injuries. The female Domestic Violence victim received minor injuries prior to police arrival and was treated and released from hospital.

The male is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault. He is 6’2”, 220 lbs, brown hair, green eyes, no shirt, no shoes, black shorts, early thirties First Nation male. The edged weapon was not recovered at scene. He was last seen in the south end of Bridgewater. BPS and RCMP have set up a perimeter. Police Dog is on scene. Please remain in your secured residence and call police if you see or hear anything related to this incident. Updates to follow as investigation continues.

PROS # 20201004511
Contact: Deputy Chief MacPhee, 902-543-2464

Town of Bridgewater takes action to decrease energy poverty and protect the environment

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Town of Bridgewater takes action to decrease energy poverty and protect the environment
Government of Canada support assists the municipality in developing an energy management system

July 20, 2020 
 
BRIDGEWATER, NS – The Town of Bridgewater is developing an Energy Management Information System that will help the municipality reduce energy poverty and improve the quality of life for its residents.

The community’s Energize Bridgewater program is a climate action initiative that is nationally renowned for its open smart cities approaches, policies and programs that collectively address equity in energy transition.

In 2019, Bridgewater won Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge competition in the $5 million prize category for its plan to address energy poverty. The Energy Management Information System is part of this plan that will help manage energy consumption in Bridgewater’s municipal facilities and provide data analytics to demonstrate the return on investment for home energy upgrades.

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets, announced $950,000 in support through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund to help the community develop the system.

The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The project involves hiring experts and extensive consultation with residents as well as the creation of a roadmap for other Canadian communities to build their own Energy Management Information Systems.

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping communities like Bridgewater become more energy efficient and making clean, affordable power available to all citizens. The Energy Management Information System Bridgewater is creating will reduce the town’s environmental footprint, increase community pride, enable other communities to adopt the system and, perhaps most importantly, reduce energy poverty,” said Minister Jordan.

“As a winner of the Smart Cities Challenge, the Town of Bridgewater has demonstrated its leadership in harnessing innovative, community-driven solutions to address local challenges with its Energy Poverty Reduction Program, which will help address energy poverty locally while inspiring other communities across the country who may be facing similar challenges to adopt smart cities approaches,” said Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna. “Through programs like the Smart Cities Challenge, Canada's infrastructure plan is resulting in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building stronger communities.”

The Town of Bridgewater’s mayor, David Mitchell, explained that by utilizing emerging clean energy technologies and smart cities approaches to problem solving, Bridgewater proposes to accelerate the community’s transition toward a clean energy economy, while reducing its energy poverty rate by 20% by 2025.

“Bridgewater will do this by building data and technology systems that enable residents to access program information and services and make more informed energy consumption decisions. The funding announced today represents another significant step in making that vision a reality,” Mayor Mitchell said.

“Living in energy poverty means not being able to afford enough energy to heat and power one’s home, or fuel for transportation. It is a serious problem across Atlantic Canada and affects almost two in five Bridgewater households.”  

Municipalities are uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of the shifting world of energy systems, pairing data and connected technologies for community services that ensure underserved populations are the first beneficiaries of the energy transition. Doing so will offer tremendous economic benefits to communities across Atlantic Canada and beyond. 


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Chris Brooks
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-830-3839 (cell)
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Patrick Hirtle
Communications Manager
Town of Bridgewater
902-930-1382 (cell)
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TOWN HALL REOPENING -- NEXT PHASE

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TOWN HALL REOPENING -- NEXT PHASE

Starting on Monday, July 6, Bridgewater Town Hall will begin the next phase of reopening to the public.

Hours of public access will now be our traditional "summertime" hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday.

Those visiting the main lobby shall continue to abide by six feet of physical distancing while on site, and the main entryway is still marked with arrows and signage to guide visitors.

Some public access to Town Hall (beyond the Finance/lobby area) will now be permitted. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to call ahead with requests for in-person meetings to make appointments. Drop-in meetings are discouraged and meeting space may not be available to accommodate the required physical distancing -- again, please call ahead. The preferred method of meeting remains phone/video calls.

Members of the public who do book an in-person meeting with staff will be required to complete a screening form before the meeting. This procedure will ensure we are not only confirming visitors are free of COVID-19 symptoms, but it will also allow staff to track who has had access to the building in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the local area.

If you're sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and visit with us another day or call 902-543-4651 and we'll guide you through conducting your business at Town Hall from the safety of your home.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT -- UPDATE

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BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT : UPDATE

A brief public information update on Bridgewater Transit and COVID-19.

- Over the past few months, Bridgewater Transit has been free to riders in order to limit contact between drivers and passengers during COVID-19.

Beginning on July 2, regular transit fares will be collected again. If you purchase a monthly bus pass, those passes will be available from your usual vendor around town after June 15.

- Per advice from Nova Scotia Public Health, we encourage all riders to wear a mask for the safety of both passengers and drivers.

- Transit is considered an essential service and does not require riders to adhere to social/physical distancing. However, we do strongly encourage riders to do so when possible.

- There will be no Bridgewater Transit service on July 1 (Canada Day).

Bridgewater Transit is an important service for many in our community. Transit ridership is increasing again as business begins to return to normal.

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep both riders and town staff safe, we ask that if you are feeling ill or exhibiting the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, fever, etc) that you not board the bus.

We also strongly encourage all riders to consider wearing a medical mask to help prevent the spread of disease.

For more information on Bridgewater Transit, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/transit.

PUBLIC NOTICE : OUTDOOR POOL UPDATE

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PUBLIC NOTICE : OUTDOOR POOL UPDATE
The Town of Bridgewater will not be opening the O’Regan’s Subaru Outdoor Pool this summer as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With limited information on social gathering restrictions moving forward and time running out to ready the pool for summer, Town Council made this difficult decision at the June 8 Town Council meeting with the best interests of all involved and with public safety in mind.

Moving forward, Town of Bridgewater Recreation Department staff will be working to investigate other opportunities and activities that will allow the community to “cool off” during hot summer days, while adhering to the restrictions and limitations in place because of COVID-19.

Although summer in the Town of Bridgewater will be different from those past, we look forward to developing creative ways to enjoy our community and “beat the heat.”

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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