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May 17, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  In advance of National Health and Fitness Day 2018 on June 2nd,  Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering events leading up to this national program, providing physical activity and healthy programs in Milton and Caledonia. 

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Region is partnering with Milton Canoe and Camera Club to host a family paddle at 6:30 pm. Participants will meet at the Morton’s Wharf across from Morton House on highway # 8 in Milton to enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Mersey River. There is a maximum of 20 people for this program, and participants are asked to bring their own PFD if they have one. All skill levels are welcome, with a maximum of 4 people per boat, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $ 2/person or $ 5/family, and pre-registration is requested by Monday, May 28th by calling the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at 902-354-5741.    The program will not take place in the event of heavy rain or high wind to ensure safety.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Health Coach Elise Johnston is offering the "What Does Being Healthy Mean to You?" workshop at the North Queens Hub in Caledonia, 9793 Highway #8. This workshop is for anyone interested in improving their health, be it weight loss, stress management, improved sleep and moods, reduced medications, and/or more energy.  Elise will guide participants through a process of self-reflection and insights on how to build motivation and personalise their journey towards a healthier lifestyle, with participants leaving with actionable items towards improved health. "What Does Being Healthy Mean to You?" will take place from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on the 30th, and the cost is $15.  To register please call the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741 by May 28, 2018.

National Health and Fitness Day is the first Saturday in June annually.  Communities across Canada mark the day with local events to celebrate being active, promote the use of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, and encourage a more active lifestyle for Canadians. The Region of Queens Municipality has hosted National Health and Fitness Day events since the National Health and Fitness Act received Royal Assent in 2014.  In 2017, the Region of Queens Municipality was among the 270 cities, towns, and municipalities that participated in this initiative across Canada.

For more information on these and other activities of the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department, call 902-354-5741.

May 17, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  As part of National Health and Fitness Day 2018, the Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering a “Turf and Surf” weekend on June 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

For the "Turf" portion on June 2nd, which is National Health and Fitness Day in Canada, the Homegrown Skateboards crew will lead an afternoon of activities from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Mersey Skatepark, Queens Place Drive, Liverpool. Jesse Watson and Jefferson Muise from Homegrown Skateboards will be on hand to help with trick tips, balance and momentum strategies, and physics homework; and the focus of this session is to provide a welcoming, easygoing environment to anyone interested in starting to skate or continuing to develop their existing skill set.

There will be individual and group instruction starting at 2:00 pm, with park etiquette, use of the various parts of the park, use and knowledge of personal gear, calculated risk in trick development, and personal safety among the topics covered.  The event is open to all ages and skill levels, but if you are interested in the instructional session, you must preregister by May 30th by calling the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at (902)-354-5741. The cost for this session is $ 10.00.

The final part of the "Turf and Surf" weekend is an introduction to surfing with Jeff Norman. Jeff is an accredited surf instructor who has been operating a local surf shop since 1998. This one-hour session will take place at 10:00 am on June 3rd at White Point Beach Resort. Cost for this session is $25.00, which includes wet suits, boards, instruction, and a Resort Day Pass. Class size is limited to 10 participants and is open to ages 12 and up.  Preregister by May 30th with the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at (902)-354-5741.

National Health and Fitness Day is the first Saturday in June annually.  Communities across Canada mark the day with local events to celebrate being active, promote the use of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, and encourage a more active lifestyle for Canadians. The Region of Queens Municipality has hosted National Health and Fitness Day events since the National Health and Fitness Act received Royal Assent in 2014.  In 2017, the Region of Queens Municipality was among the 270 cities, towns, and municipalities that participated in this initiative across Canada.

For more information on these and other activities of the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department,  call (902)-354-5741.

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:   Littering is a concern in communities across Nova Scotia; the Council of Region of Queens Municipality has taken steps to support those who conduct roadside clean ups to reduce roadside litter.  A motion to approve the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program was passed at the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting.  The Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program supports community groups that clean a portion of highway in their community, with a grant of $100 per kilometre, along with the required safety supplies, gloves, and garbage bags.  

“Litter is a concern in every corner of Queens, and there are a number of community organizations that conduct litter clean ups in their areas as a community pride initiative; they have a desire to keep Queens clean and beautiful, and Council appreciates and values those efforts,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Some groups have registered their clean up area with Adopt A Highway, and commit to twice annual litter clean ups.  Other groups are not affiliated with an organized litter removal program, and do clean ups as needed.  Their work to pick up litter makes an impact, and is an example to others.”

An ad hoc litter abatement committee made up of Community members, a few Region of Queens staff, and some Council members, has been working on projects that educate residents about litter and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle.  The ad hoc litter abatement committee brought forward the idea of establishing a program where community organizations could apply to clean up an area, and receive a financial support in return.  The budget implications of the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program are $3,000 for the grants, and an additional $2,500 budgeted to cover the gloves, bags and safety supplies.  

Incorporated non-profit community organizations or groups within Queens are eligible to apply once per fiscal year for funding, and must supply proof of approval from Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for their litters clean up.  Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, at a rate of $100per kilometre, including both sides of the road, to a maximum of $300 per year.  Program guidelines and an application form are available by contacting Scott LeBlanc, Solid Waste Management Clerk at 902-354-3455, and they will also be posted on the Region of Queens website (http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/works/overview ) by May 11, 2018.


May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Volunteers are the backbone of any community, offering wide variety essential and recreational programs.  At the May 8, 2018 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a total of $10,000 to six recreational organizations through the Facility Development Assistance Program.

 
“From roofs to floors, new construction to repairs and renovations, the funding awarded today will help these organizations to offer their programs and services more efficiently, in locations all over Queens.  Council is pleased to support these organizations, and we look forward to seeing the groups continue their great work in our communities,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


The Facility Development Assistance Program offers assistance to community groups in making renovations, construction, or acquisition of facilities for public recreational purposes.  Community groups are required to provide half of the project funding through their own fundraising efforts or though in-kind contributions, and may request up to half of the project budget through a Facility Development Assistance Grant.  One Major category grant is given each year, in the amount of $5,000, to a project with a minimum budget of $10,000.  This year, the Milton Canoe and Camera Club received that funding for their project at their new location; the project involves site work, foundation repair, construction of a storage building with an accessible washroom, new docks, and relocation of their existing boathouse.  The project is estimated to cost a total of $135,906.


Five Regular Category grants were awarded, totaling $5,000.  Queens County Fair Association received $1,250 for their $4,045 project which involves installation of lighting for the playground on the Fairgrounds, exterior plugs to allow for additional programming at the facility, and replacement of stall floors in the horse barn to prevent injury to the animals.  North Brookfield Community Hall will be able to complete a partial roof replacement and exterior painting with the $1,100 they were awarded towards their $3,407 project which will prevent interior damage due to leakage.  Queens County Soccer Association is relocating their summer program to the soccer field on Waterloo Street, Liverpool, and was awarded $950 to purchase and place a storage shed at that location.  Their project has a $3,005 budget.  Queens Archers Association submitted a budget of $2,735.23 to replace the floor in their club house, and received $900 toward that project.  The west side of Hollow Log Rifle & Pistol Association will be resurfaced with vinyl siding as a result of the approval of $800 in support of the organization’s $2,530 project budget.


Facility Development Assistance Grants accept applications each spring, with a deadline in mid-April each year. The guidelines and application forms can be found online at: http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants/facility-development-assistance-program

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Privateer Park and Centennial Park, located on Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s  waterfront are soon to have two significant additions that reflect the areas’ history.  At the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, Council approved a motion to authorize the Terrance “Tiger” Warrington support committee to place its commemorative statue in Privateer Park, Liverpool, NS in June 2018,  and also approved a motion to authorize Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38 to seek out an appropriate field gun for placement in Centennial Park in 2019.

“Queens County has a varied and diverse history, and passionate volunteers with a desire to celebrate the history of the community and our residents.  Council is pleased to approve a prominent location to showcase the statue of Tiger Warrington, a beloved local boxer who reached international fame as a result of his skill,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are also happy to allocate a spot in Centennial Park, across the street from the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38, for placement of a field gun.  Our veterans have served our country, and placement of a field gun will help the public and veterans to remember the sacrifices that were made in pursuit of the freedoms we now enjoy.”

There are limited financial implications resulting from consenting to locations for the statue and field gun; each will require a concrete pad, costing approximately $3,000 each.  The Terrance “Tiger” Warrington support committee intends to reimburse the Region of Queens Municipality for the costs, while there is no funding dedicated to the base for the field gun in the current fiscal budget.  It will be budgeted in the 2019/2020 budget.

Region of Queens Municipality is now seeking expressions of interest from interested residents to serve on three committees that support programs, facilities and services within Queens County. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Queens Place Emera Centre Board of Directors (7 positions)
Board of Directors provides leadership, governance, oversight and policy directions related to the use, promotion, and operations of Queens Place Emera Centre. Board is expected to meet monthly for 2-3 hours.

Heritage Advisory Committee (2 positions)
Heritage Advisory Committee provides leadership in preserving and protecting heritage within Queens County, administers Heritage Bylaw and makes recommendations to Council on property designations and other special initiatives. Term is one year. Committee usually meets quarterly or as required.

Western Regional Housing Authority (1 position)
One of two Queens County representatives is required for a three-year term to sit on this committee to review tenant issues such as approval of applicants for social housing, tenant transfers, renewal or non-renewal of leases, and responding to complaints or inquiries from tenants. Committee usually meets bi-monthly.

Please submit a letter of interest expressing your desire to sit on any of these committees outlining your skills and experience that would contribute to the success of these committees and their work to:

Nominations Committee
Region of Queens Municipality
P.O. 1264, 249 White Point Road
Liverpool, NS    B0T 1K0
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Upcoming Construction:   Union Street Water and Sewer Project to Begin Monday, April 30, 2018

Since becoming an amalgamated Municipality in 1996, Region of Queens Municipality has been able to invest approximately $70 million in capital upgrades to our infrastructure throughout Queens County that has helped our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities.  We are proud of the work that has been completed over the past  21 years and that work will continue in 2018-2019.

Work will begin on Monday, April 30, 2018, on the section of Union Street from Main Street to Church Street, and also on Mill Lane.  The project involves replacement of century old water and sewer pipes and installation of a new sanitary storm sewer;  the work is expected to take place throughout the spring and conclude by the end of summer .  As a result of the construction, the section of Union Street from Main Street to Church Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic; sidewalks will be open as practical and reasonable during the construction period.  Region of Queens staff has met with property owners and residents  of the area to discuss the project, and to mitigate potential negative impacts from the project.

Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly.   The patience and understanding of the public is appreciated during the construction period.

 

 At the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, approval was given for the 2018/2019 Operating, Water Utility and Capital Budgets. 

Click here to read  Mayor Dagley's budget speech , and click the links below to see the planned investments approved to take effect in the Region of Queens this year.

Infrastructure Investments

Investment Readiness

Community Development Investments

Investments in Community Engagement

Investments in Our Local Economy

Investments in Council and Staff

 

Following Region of Queens Municipality's public budget deliberation sessions on March 27, 2018 and April 10, 2018, the following draft documents have been released.  The 2018/2019 Operating, Capital and Water Utility budgets will come to the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipal Council for approval.  The Council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber at the Region of Queens Administration Offices, 249 White Point Rd., Liverpool, NS;  all are welcome to attend.  

Draft Budget Documents:

   Draft 2020 Vision "Strategic Priorities for Growth by Investing in Our Community and People"

  Budget Review Power Point, April 10, 2018

  Draft 2018/2019 Operating and Water Utility Budget, April 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.

  5 Year Capital Investment Plan, 2018 - 2023

 

 

 

Please note:  Flags will remain at half mast until the final funeral has been held for those who lost their lives in the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.  There is a book of condolences available for the public to sig at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS.  The book will be available until the end of the day on Friday, April 13, 2018.

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March 27, 2018; Liverpool, NS: In a unanimous vote, Council of Region of Queens Municipality approved a motion to give notice to South Shore Regional Enterprise Network (REN) of its intention to withdraw from the South Shore REN effective March 31, 2019. Region of Queens Municipality, along with five municipal units in Lunenburg County and three municipal units in Shelburne County, entered into a Regional Enterprise Intermunicipal Agreement on August 20, 2014.

The REN was, a proposed model developed resulting from a recommendation of the One Nova Scotia Report, cost shared at a 50% Level by the Province of Nova Scotia with a goal to strengthen regional economic development objectives, following the dissolution in 2014 of Regional Development Agencies and similar entities, which had a similar objective as the REN model. Following two and a half years of involvement, there have been limited achievements.

Upon consultation with all the municipal partners in the South Shore REN Intermunicipal agreement, there are some who would like to withdraw from the REN to explore other opportunities for economic development partnerships. The Intermunicipal Agreement outlines that those interested in withdrawing from the agreement must give 12 months notice, or, as an option, the agreement may be dissolved by the unanimous agreement of all nine municipalities. A number of other municipalities are expected to vote to withdraw from the South Shore REN this week. Discussions with interested parties and Region of Queens Municipality will be pursued regarding a more suitable economic development model, which will further economic development investments in the future.

Without unanimous approval to dissolve the South Shore REN, the financial obligation for Region of Queens Municipality would be its portion of the REN agreement through to fiscal year end 2019, the sum of $31,193. In the event that all municipalities agree to dissolve the REN, it would take place immediately, and the balance of funds remaining after obligations are paid, ie; staff severances, lease costs, and other South Shore REN expenses outstanding, would be returned to each municipality. The amount is unknown at this time.

March 27, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Over 1,100 homes and businesses in Liverpool and Brooklyn were without running water on Monday, March 26, 2018, due to a mechanical issue at the Region of Queens Municipality’s water treatment facility in Liverpool. An unexpected break in a pipe at the water treatment facility flooded the pumps that convey the treated water to users. The mechanical issue caused a shutdown of the facility, turning off the water for all customers on the municipal water system.


“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while our staff worked diligently to make the required repairs as quickly as possible, ensuring that the provision of water was restored as soon as possible,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “While a breakage in a pipe and plant shutdown is not something we can predict, staff were prepared, and were able to restore water within 7 hours. We are grateful to have skilled staff who can manage urgent situations quickly and professionally.”


The pipe failure that occurred on site at the Municipal water treatment facility was in a location that was challenging to isolate. The break was repaired, pumps assessed from flooding damage, the plant brought back online pumps started, and water sent for treatment at approximately 3:30 p.m., with most users in Liverpool and Brooklyn having water in their taps within an hour of the system starting up.


As of the morning of March 27, water clarity had returned to most customers, following the Region of Queens flushing through the night to improve water clarity.