PUBLIC REOPENING PLANS – TOWN HALL
Bridgewater Town Hall will begin a phased reopening to the public starting on Monday, June 8.
During the first phase of public access, Town Hall’s main lobby area and the Finance Department will be open to receive bill/service payments and inquiries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday.
The rest of the building will remain closed to public access until further notice – however, staff in Engineering & Public Works, Community Development, Administration, and all Town operations have returned to work and are fully accessible and available to deliver service by e-mail or phone. For a complete directory, visit: https://www.bridgewater.ca/contact.
During the first phase of reopening, a maximum of two public visitors to Town Hall will be allowed in the lobby at a time in order to comply with social/physical distancing.
A divider and arrows have also been added in the lobby on the floor to help guide visitors as they arrive and depart Town Hall.
Don’t want to come to Town Hall to make bill payments? No problem! You can make payment on accounts without coming to Town Hall through your bank and online. Visit us at www.bridgewater.ca/payments to learn more.
UPDATE ON SUMMER DAY CAMPS
The Town of Bridgewater Recreation Department would like to notify the public that we will not be offering day camps this summer as a result of the ongoing unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
With limited information on social restrictions moving forward and the summer planning process upon us, Town Council made this difficult decision at a recent meeting with the best interests of all involved and with public safety in mind.
Our recreation staff will now begin planning opportunities and activities that will allow the community to enjoy more of our trails, parks, and open spaces while adhering to the restrictions and limitations placed on us as a result of COVID-19.
We look forward to providing an exciting few months of outdoor adventures, at-home activities, and virtual experiences that can be enjoyed as individuals, families, or small groups.
The Town of Bridgewater is pleased to officially welcome our new Director of Finance Kim Hopkins, who will join the team beginning on May 19.
Kim has spent the last 21 years of her career with Grant Thornton LLP providing audit, accounting, and advisory services to small and medium-size businesses, not for profit organizations, towns and municipalities, and other public-sector entities.
Her interest in municipal accounting grew over the years and she specialized in providing services to towns and municipalities on the South Shore and across the entirety of the province.
“I am looking forward to the role of Director of Finance,” she said. “Bridgewater is experiencing increased growth and development. I’m very happy to be part of the progress and bring the experiences I’ve had in public accounting with me into this new role, contributing to projects such as Energize Bridgewater, the Smart Cities Challenge, Bridgewater Transit, and the many other initiatives the Town is working on.”
Kim and her husband, Greg, were each born and raised locally and they wanted their children to have the opportunity to grow up here as well.
“Our children are very active in various sports and if you’re looking for me outside of work, I’m likely in a rink somewhere watching them at hockey and figure skating!”
Kim is taking over for departing Director of Finance Dawn Keizer, who will be retiring in June.
INTERIM PROPERTY TAX BILLING
Town Council recently voted to delay sending out interim property tax bills (usually sent out in late April/early May) by a period of one month because of the ongoing pandemic.
So, if you haven’t received your interim bill yet, don’t worry – you haven’t missed it! They’ll be issued in the next couple of weeks.
More information on when interim tax bills will be due will be forthcoming next week.
CANADA DAY 2020 : PUBLIC UPDATE
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions around social distancing and large gatherings, Bridgewater’s Canada Day on the LaHave organizing committee has no choice but to cancel our planned 2020 Canada Day on the LaHave celebrations in Downtown Bridgewater.
The organizing team and its many community partners, including the South Shore Multicultural Association, had already been in the process of planning this year’s event when the pandemic reached Canada. While disappointing, in the interest of public safety it was necessary to cancel the traditional Canada Day festivities for this year.
While the traditional public gathering is cancelled, the Canada Day on the LaHave team is looking forward to preparing an online celebration of Canada for Bridgewater and all of Lunenburg County as part of a special July 1 edition of The Best of Bridgewater.
While we can’t physically be together as a community, we can make use of technology and “feel” closer together from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come – we’ll be sharing ways that YOU can participate in our Canada Day webcast special!
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION MEETING
A public participation meeting will be held online tonight, Wednesday, May 6, at 6:00PM to provide an overview of and receive public comment on an application to construct 14 townhouse units in three blocks containing 7, 4 and 3 units, on Oakland Drive (off Jubilee Road). The Preliminary Council report is available at www.bridgewater.ca/DA.
The meeting will be posted on the Town's Facebook page.
Additional written or phone submissions will be received until May 13; these can be submitted through the comment form for the application (on the webpage linked above) or by contacting the Planner.
WASTE COLLECTION NOTICE -- BIWEEKLY BULKY ITEM COLLECTION TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre has asked us to share that, beginning the week of April 20, 2020, phased-in biweekly bulky item waste collection will begin in the Town of Bridgewater.
Collection of one (1) bulky landfill item will begin as follows:
Town of Bridgewater - Week of April 20, on your green cart and garbage collection day, and will continue every two weeks.
Collection limited to ONE bulky landfill item for now, to accommodate limited resources. Please be mindful of the collection workers’ need to be safe.
To serve as examples, bulky waste items may include: couches, footstools, mattresses, box springs, vacuum cleaners, rugs, upholstered chairs, suitcases, plastic furniture, lamp shades, plastic lawn ornaments, plastic Christmas decorations, artificial Christmas trees, plastic laundry hampers, plastic totes, kids’ pools, plastic toys, plastic pipes, garden hoses, toilets, sinks, windows and vinyl siding.
**Wood and metal items collected during designated Fall pick up only.**
Have questions? visit www.communityrecycling.ca or call (902) 543-2991.
At the April 14, 2020, regular meeting of Bridgewater Town Council, Council will be receiving and discussing the proposed 2020-21 operating budget. To download the complete draft budget document for 2020-21 as a PDF, you can click here.
Please join us on our Facebook page tonight (www.facebook.com/BridgewaterNS) to view the live stream of tonight's meeting.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON TRAILS WITHIN TOWN PARKS
The Town of Bridgewater has closed all trails located within parks until further notice. This will allow the Town to ensure it is in compliance with the Provincial Order to close municipal parks.
Unfortunately, this means that the trails located at Woodland Gardens, Glen Allan Park, Riverside Park, and Generations Active Park are now closed to public use. If you choose to use a trail within a Town of Bridgewater park, you could be fined.
The Centennial Trail, Brookside Cemetery, the Michelin Spurline Connector, the Micmac Connector, the Hollingsworth Connector, and the Porter Crescent Connector will remain open at this time. Users must abide by social distancing protocols. For updated information and a map detailing which trails are still open, visit www.explorebridgewater.ca/trails.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to abide by the rules and directions set out by the Province of Nova Scotia, Premier McNeil, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FURTHER PUBLIC SPACES UPDATE
Effective today, March 22, 2020, all Town of Bridgewater playgrounds and parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, per Section 14 of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Act. This closure also includes Bridgewater Skate Park and the South Shore Vet Dog Zone dog park.
Please also note that Town recreation facilities, such as softball and soccer fields, are considered to be parks and are, therefore, also CLOSED to the public at this time.
TRAILS -- REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW
Following direction from the Province of Nova Scotia, trails such as the Centennial Trail and those found at Woodland Gardens, Riverview Park, Glen Allan Park, Brookside Cemetery, and the track at Kinsmen Athletic Field, will remain open to the public for exercise, but social distancing protocols (six feet of distance from other users) MUST be adhered to by all trail users.
Bridgewater Police Service now has the authority to fine anyone defying social distancing protocols, as announced today by the Province of Nova Scotia.
While social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors, it does mean that you and your loved ones should make smart choices when going outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
>> As you can appreciate, because of the nature of this situation, new information is being shared with us almost constantly. Please continue to check back here frequently for updates.
There are a number of Remembrance Day events taking place in and around Bridgewater this year, like every year. Here's a small sampling of what you can expect to see here in Bridgewater over the next few days:
- On Saturday, November 9, beginning at 10 a.m., you can join local historian Peter Oickle at Brookside Cemetery for a walking tour focused on those who served and their stories. This walk is offered for free.
- Also on Saturday, November 9, the DesBrisay Museum will host an afternoon celebration of our Veterans, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and will include a performance by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band Quartet.
- At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the corner of Phoenix and Pleasant, a special screening of "A Time to Remember" will take place, featuring historic interviews with local veterans.
- The 9th annual Vigil of Remembrance by the 62 Niobe Royal Canadian Sea Cadets will take place at the Cenotaph from 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, until 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11. The public is invited to attend a small ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. This vigil is how the cadets say thank you to past and present Veterans each year.
- On Monday, November 11, the traditional Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph at Brookside Cemetery (corner of York Street and Victoria Road) will take place. The public is invited to arrive for 10:30 a.m., with the processional to the Cenotaph scheduled for approximately 10:40.
For those unable to attend in person, weather permitting, we will be live-streaming the service at the Cenotaph on the Town's Facebook page.
Beginning on October 27, the Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating some additional pavement improvement projects over the next week, including planing and paving on:
- King Street (Starr St. to Fancy Rd.)
- Dufferin Street (Town Line to High St.)
- King Street (Jubilee Rd. to Pine St.)
- St. Phillips Street (Hanley Dr. to Franks Ln.)
- Glen Allan Drive (Etna Dr. to HB Studios Sports Centre)
- King Street (Brown St. to Park View School)
Work is weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. 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.
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 contact Project Manager Sandi Larkin at 902-541-4370.
To see planned paving locations on a map of Bridegwater, as well as other ongoing construction projects, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.
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).