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Queens Community Aquatic Society Receives Funding Support for Consultants Report
October 24; Liverpool, NS: The Queens Community Aquatic Society (QCAS) intends to hire independent consultants to define the proposed community pool project and outline costs for the project. The Society requested funding support from the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality. At the October 24, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a grant of $6,000 to be paid from the previous year’s operating surplus to assist the QCAS to proceed with their consulting report.
The report, with an expected cost of $24,000, will also require provincial funding. Having a detailed plan is a necessary step for the QCAS before they can proceed to the funding stage of the project. Once a plan has been finalized through the consultant, a report will be brought back to Council the end of February which will include a detailed plan that includes a project definition, construction costs and operating costs.
The QCAS held a Public meeting in February 2017 with approximately 80 people in attendance, and also conducted an independent survey with 946 respondents, in which they advise that 83% of respondents believe it is important to have a year round pool. A fundraising subcommittee of the QCAS has been formed who have investigated possible funding options, and determined that funds may soon become available through federal and provincial programs, as well as from the private/corporate sector and a public campaign.
“Council is appreciative of the work that members of the Queens Community Aquatic Society are putting into researching the viability of a community indoor pool for Queens County. Their due diligence in reaching out to hire independent consultants to source the best information as to the capacity, use and needs of the community in a pool is very important,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Region of Queens Municipality Approves Flag Flying Policy
October 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS: A new policy approval by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality provides guidelines and protocols for flag flying on municipally owned flag poles. At the October 24, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved Operational Policy 84- Flag Flying , a new policy that outlines protocol for the appropriate manner for flying and displaying flags on municipally owned flag poles, protocol and location for flying flags of non- profit organizations’ flags, and protocol for flying flags at half mast.
“In developing and approving a policy on flag flying, Council has established reasonable parameters for flying flags requested by organizations as well as guidelines as to when it is appropriate to fly flags at half mast in the Region of Queens,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Council has approved a policy that includes an opportunity for non profit organizations to fly their flags, or to denote occasions of significance in the community, using the Region’s special purpose flag pole located next to the VIC and bridge on the Liverpool waterfront. Flags will be flown for a two week period. Among the flags that will be flown in two week increments are the Pan African Flag for African Heritage Month in February, National Volunteer Week flag in April, the Pride flag in June, the Mi’kmaq Nation flag for National Aboriginal Day in June and for Mi’kmaq History Month in October, and the Veterans Flag during Veterans Week in November. Non profit organizations may submit a completed application one month prior to the date they would like their flag flown.
The policy also outlines when flags will fly at half mast at the Region of Queens Administration Building and at Queens Place Emera Centre, which includes observing the death of specific heads of state; current or former Mayors, Wardens or Councillors of the Region of Queens Municipality, the former Town of Liverpool, and the former Municipality of Queens; along with other dates of national or international importance, following the provincial example. On the following dates, flags will also be flown at half mast: November 11 in respect for Remembrance Day, April 28 in respect of the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace, and December 6 in respect of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Operational Policy 84 is effective immediately, and the policy and application for usage of the Special Purpose Flag Pole may be viewed on the Region of Queens website (http://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/policies-overview/operational-policies , or contact the Region of Queens Municipality for a copy by calling 902-354-3453 or in person at the Administration Building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS.
Tax Sale November 29, 2017
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, certain lands situate in the Region of Queens Municipality and described in general terms below are now liable to be sold at Tax Sale in the Council Chambers of the Region of Queens Municipality at 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, Nova Scotia on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM to recover outstanding taxes, sewer and unsightly charges plus interest as well as expenses of, and incidental to, the sale unless the same are paid in full on or before the said date and time of sale. Please click on the link below for the list of properties.
Council Looking at Future of Former Mount Pleasant School Building
Sept. 26, 2017; Liverpool, NS: At the Sept. 26th Regular Council meeting, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality today approved a staff recommendation to declare the property surplus and to have tenants vacate the former Mount Pleasant School by June of 2019. The recommendation also included giving direction to staff to work with the four tenants, the Queens County Food Bank, Queens Day Care, Queens Learning Network and the Queens Family Resource Centre, to consider relocating these important community services to other acceptable locations.
“Declaring the property surplus to Municipal Requirements is a technical term which allows options, and the building is in need of short term repairs. A long term increase in the maintenance budget would have an impact on taxes, but the services provided at the old Mount Pleasant School are important services for the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Many residents in Queens depend upon the services provided by the Queens County Food Bank, the South Shore Family Resource Centre, the Queens Learning Network , the Queens County Daycare Association, and the volunteer initiative Plant To Plate. Council is supportive of these organizations. Prior to a move becoming necessary, we will work with the tenants to help them find suitable space in the community, and will give them adequate notice to help facilitate their move to ensure these valuable services continue to be provided in our community.”
In support of long term capital planning, a building condition assessment was completed on the facility. The assessment revealed that current deferred maintenance is escalating to the point where the current level of maintenance will need to double over the next 25 years to keep it in suitable condition for tenants. This reality may not be financially sustainable for the municipality, the tenants, or their clients. Based on this imminent cost, it was recommended that the municipality work with each of the four tenants to look at alternative location options. The four services provided are important to citizens of Queens and finding other financially sustainable locations is something that the Region may need to address over the next two years.
The four tenants currently utilize the former Mount Pleasant School, 108 College St., Liverpool, NS. This building was constructed in 1957, had been transferred to the Region of Queens Municipality many years ago, after it was declared surplus by the South Shore Regional School Board.
Region of Queens Municipality’s 2016/2017 Audited Financial Statement Released
Sept. 26, 2017; Liverpool, NS: During their September 26th, 2017 Regular Council meeting, the Region of Queens Council approved a motion to accept the Audited Financial Statements and the Trust Fund Statements for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. Earlier in the morning, the auditor for the Region of Queens Municipality, Michael Metcalfe, of the firm Belliveau Veinotte Inc., presented the audited financial statements for the 2016/2017 fiscal year at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Audit Committee meeting.
“We were pleased to receive confirmation that the Region of Queens remains sound financially. This is largely resulting from careful financial management, and establishing capital and operating reserves in anticipation of specific capital and operating needs,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “In these times of increasing pressures on tax dollars, prudent planning and careful budgeting continues to be a priority of this Council’s mandate.”
Property taxes remained consistent and general operations ended the fiscal year, March 31, 2017 with an operating surplus. This was mainly attributable to unexpected revenue in the deed transfer tax, and will be reserved for future needs. The water utility's operating statement was static this year, finishing with a small surplus of $3,873.
RQM Appoints Interim Chief Administration Officer
September 12, 2017; Liverpool, NS: This afternoon, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality appointed Jennifer Keating Hubley, Director of Finance who is a 13 year employee of the Region of Queens Municipality, as Interim Chief Administrative Officer (ICAO). This will become effective upon the departure of the current CAO in early October.
Council also approved commencing advertisement of the position to seek a candidate for the permanent appointment of a Chief Administrative Officer. The objective at the Region of Queens is to provide opportunity for career advancement to staff, while ensuring that the Region enjoys a robust, transparent, and competitive selection process for the next Chief Administrative Officer. Council will take the time to properly complete this hiring process, and will strive to hire the best candidate for Queens. In this regard, both internal and external candidates will be considered.
August 22, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality would like to publicly advise that Mayor Dagley has accepted the resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Richard MacLellan today. Council will work with MacLellan on a transition plan over the next few months.
Planning for Future Road Resurfacing in Queens County
August 8, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Council is looking to the future and making plans for down the road by setting up funding reserves and a long range plan to improve road conditions in the Municipality. At the August 8th Regular Council meeting, approval was given to sign the standard, recurring 3 year agreement to be eligible to “apply at a future date” for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) approval to cost-share on surface upgrades. Staff will include a list of possible improvement needs to be included in the future capital plan, along with a funding suggestion to be considered at 2017/18 budget discussions.
The suggested solution would be to begin building a reserve as early as the 2018/19 budget, which would then be used in the recapitalization of Local Roads under the Municipal Service Exchange. The second item included a motion to authorize the Mayor and Chief Administrative Office (CAO) to sign the three year cost sharing agreement for paving subdivision roads; this is a document that is renewed every three years, and enables future consideration of joint paving projects with the Province.
The motion gives staff the flexibility to investigate the various funding solutions. At an estimated $250,000 per kilometer, and nearly 47 km of roads identified as being in need of resurfacing, there are over $11 million in infrastructure costs currently not funded. There is an annual financial cap on the Province of Nova Scotia’s cost sharing program, which currently funds up to 50% of project costs. Establishing a reserve to fund the municipal portion of the resurfacing of the identified roads will help to systematically, over a long period of time, enable roads to be resurfaced that would not otherwise be resurfaced. Some of the roads identified in the 46.84 km of roads require more immediate assistance, and will been attended to first. Roads eligible for paving under the Municipal Service Exchange agreement are those constructed prior to April 1995. Currently, fees paid by municipalities for operational maintenance (ie; winter operations, drainage, ditch maintenance, and pot hole repairs) do not cover resurfacing, and are adjusted annually by the consumer Price Index for Canada, with the rate for 2015/2016 being $5,064 per kilometer; the 2017/2018 Region of Queens budget allocated $244,613 to pay the Province for these services.
Public Advisory: Daytime work Schedule Resumes at Intersection of School and Waterloo Streets
August 8, 2017: Liverpool, NS: the evening work taking place at the intersection of School and Waterloo Streets in Liverpool, NS has now concluded, effective August 8, 2017. Regular daytime construction work has resumed.
The Region of Queens Municipality appreciates the patience of shown by the public during the evening construction.
Public Advisory: Temporary Work Schedule Change at Intersection of School and Waterloo Streets
August 2, 2017: After-hours work will be undertaken within the School and Waterloo Street Intersection over the next week. This is necessary to accommodate the traffic flow through the intersection.
The evening work schedule will commence on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. until 8 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017, then will resume on Sunday, August 6 from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. for throughout the weekdays. Typical day work scheduling will resume upon completion.
The Region of Queens Municipality regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
World Championship Event to come to Queens County in February 2019
August 2, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The mood was celebratory at Queens Place Emera Centre today as the Liverpool Championship Host Society announced they will host the World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, NS from February 17 – 24, 2019.
“The Liverpool Championship Host Society has done a great job in securing this event, which will bring 140 of the world’s top young curlers, their coaches, families and fans to Queens County in February, 2019,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. Queens County has a reputation of hosting great events, having strong volunteer support, and bringing the crowds in support of all events, whether it is sport, cultural, or entertainment. We are excited to welcome the world to Liverpool, Queens County, Nova Scotia in February, 2019.”
President of the Liverpool Championship Host Society, Greg Thorbourne, announced that the Society had been successful in their bid to host the World Junior Curling Championships, and reflected on the previous success that the community had experienced in hosting the 2014 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. During the event announcement, the Honorable Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, advised of Provincial support for the week long world championships, contributing $100,000. Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley confirmed that Council’s July 25, 2017, pre-budget approval of $50,000 in the 2018/2019 was in support of the World Junior Curling Championships. Shirley Osborne spoke on behalf of Curling Canada, advising that the 2019 Championships will be the 10 year anniversary of the event being held in Canada, which was in Vancouver in 2009. Also attending the event were representatives from the Nova Scotia Curling Association, Liverpool Curling Club, Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan’s Office, members of the Region of Queens Council, Events Nova Scotia and Communities Culture and Heritage.
The arena at Queens Place Emera Centre will be transformed to contain five sheets of curling ice, and will be the venue for the weeklong event. At least 10 countries will compete in Liverpool at this event with world class curlers aged 21 and under, with 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams. The top six countries in each gender from the 2018 World Juniors in Aberdeen, Scotland will compete in the 2019 Worlds; three more countries in each gender will qualify out of the 2019 World Junior-B Curling Championships, and Canada’s entries will be decided at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Championships.
Region of Queens Marketing Available Commercial Space
August 1, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality is marketing an underutilized municipal property in the Liverpool business park. Up to 11,928 sq. feet of office space is available for lease in the call centre building, located at 54 Harley Umphrey Dr., Liverpool, NS. Built in 2003 as a call centre with space for up to 300 staff, tenants have not required usage of the entire building. When the lease was renewed with HGS in the Fall of 2016, some unused space was excluded from the lease.
“Changing the renewal agreement with the call centre enables the municipality to lease the vacant space. Leasing the vacant portion of the building could provide opportunities for someone to start or relocate a business there, creating local employment,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “HGS is a great tenant, providing work for many in Queens County, and it would be wonderful to see the rest of the building in use by a business or a few businesses.”
The vacant office space is being marketed by Turner Drake & Partners Ltd., a professional commercial real estate broker. Those interested in more information or leasing the space may contact Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. at 902-429-1811, or check the specifications sheet on their website http://www.turnerdrake.ca/Portals/0/Properties/Leasing%20Flyer_54%20Harley%20Umphrey_Liverpool%20Office%20Space.pdf .