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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 .
Region of Queens Council Gives Support to Major Event
July 25, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Queens County has been approved to host a major event, and the Region of Queens Council is showing its support through pre-budget approval of $50,000 in the 2018/2019 budget. A funding request was made to the Region of Queens Municipality by a local nonprofit organization that has been successful in its effort to host the event.
“Although we are not at liberty to release any details about the event at this time, Council is confident that this event will be met with great enthusiasm by the public,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens.
An announcement regarding this event is scheduled at noon, Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS.
Local Resident Promotes Queens as Ideal Retirement Location
July 13, 2017; Liverpool, NS: In just 14 months, more than 5,700 people from across Canada and the United States of America have taken a virtual journey in Liverpool, NS with a view to retiring in the area. Liverpool resident Peter Ripple launched the website retiretoliverpool.com in April 2016 to promote Liverpool and area as an ideal choice for to those considering retirement options.
“Mr. Ripple shows a great deal of community pride in hosting and managing the Retire to Liverpool website,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “To have a citizen spreading the word about the benefits of residing in Queens County, supports the work that Council is doing to grow the population and economy. We have taken some steps to work with Mr. Ripple in promoting his website, which has many links back to the Region of Queens website.” The Region of Queens Municipality ran a targeted Facebook ad in Ontario in June, directing people to retiretoLiverpool.com, which showed an increase to the website traffic, as well as additional traffic on the Region of Queens Facebook page. A highway sign has also been placed near the 103, by exit 19 on Queens Crossing land with the Retire to Liverpool web address.
Ripple receives enquiries about the area through the website, and reports that at least six families have moved to the area as a result of the information in the Retire to Liverpool website. Ripple set up and maintains the site with his own funds, and does not generate revenue from the website.
“I think it is in all of our interests to promote Queens County as a destination for people to live, regardless of their ages,” said Ripple. “I would encourage you to use the site as a means of promoting Liverpool/Queens as a great place to live.”
Inspired to take action by the results of the 2011 census data that showed Queens County’s population was in decline and aging, and the loss of some longstanding businesses in the community, Ripple features aspects of Queens County that are desirable to those who are at the age to consider their retirement options. RetiretoLiverpool.com features information about what’s available in Liverpool, with sections on health and wellness; recreational opportunities; services and area businesses; housing and cost of living; arts, culture and entertainment; and the temperate climate. Those browsing the website will see many pictures of the amenities, natural beauty and abundant arts, culture and recreational opportunities available to residents.
A Longstanding Dream Realized with Opening of Mersey Skatepark
July 1, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Even the weather couldn't dampen the spirits of skateboard and biking enthusiasts as the Region of Queens Municipality and the Queens County Skatepark Association officially opened the Mersey Skatepark in Liverpool, NS. Interested youth and adults gathered with their skateboards, bikes, and scooters to see the opening of the Mersey Skatepark under overcast skies, and a heavy mist.
The Mersey Skatepark has been generating excitement on social media and in the skateboarding community as the current top skatepark in the province, and perhaps even in eastern Canada, as a result of an innovative design, and features. The skatepark has a large triple bowl, a streetscape, and a flow area, with a small bowl. Since construction was completed, it has been a popular spot, with skateboarders, scooter users, bikers, and rollerbladers of all ages and capabilities.
A skatepark has been a dream of youth in Queens County for over a decade; the formation of the Queens County Skatepark Association in 2012 was the beginning of making the dream a reality. With a vision the “It’s Time for a Skatepark in Queens!”, QCSA approached the Region of Queens Municiplaity for support. The donation of land and $200,000 cash got the wheels moving on the project. Community support through fundraising was huge, with QCSA receiving $330,000 through fundraising and donations.
The Mersey Skatepark is located at 72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, adjacent to Queens Place Emera Centre, a Municipally operated multi purpose recreational facility. Also located on the property is a newly built BMX Pump Track, basketball nets, an outdoor walking trail, and a sledding hill. There are year round recreational opportunities for all ages in this multi use complex.
Epi Pen Station Donated to Queens Place Emera Centre
Thank you to Cook and Sons Financial Services Inc. for their donation of an Epi Pen Station at Queens Place Emera Centre. Melissa MacLeod, a graduating student at the Queens Adult High School, was inspired to spearhead a campaign to place the stations in public buildings in Queens, and contacted local businesses to sponsor the purchase of the stations. Melissa was inspired by her teacher's daughter, a student at Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy, who donated funds to place Epi Pen Stations at the Wickwire and other schools in Queens.
Thank you to Melissa for organizing the program, and thanking to Rob Cook and Peter Cook for choosing Queens Place to donate the station.
Pictured, from left to right, are: Melissa MacLeod, Peter Cook, Meaghan Roberts - Director of Recreation and Healthy Communities, and Rob Cook.
Change in Meeting Schedule during the Summer Months
During the months of July and August, Committee of the Whole meetings for the Region of Queens Municipality will take a short break. The final Committee of the Whole meeting before the summer recess will be held on June 20, 2017, and the meetings will resume on September 19, 2017. Council meetings will continue as scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, starting at 9 a.m.
Committee of the Whole meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Council Chamber of the Region of Queens Municipality, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS.
Thomas H. Raddall Library Lease Extended
June 13, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality and Hines Proguide Limited (the owner of the Rossignol Cultural Centre) have agreed to a one year extension of the lease for the Thomas H. Raddall Library. The Terms of the lease remain the same as the 2012 lease, with the lease outlining a cost of $10.88 per square foot for the 4750 square foot facility.
“Extending the lease gives Council the time and space needed to deliberate long term options for library services” Said Mayor David Dagley “In today’s times, libraries have evolved and provide an immensely valuable community space for educational, cultural, social, economic, and recreational opportunities and interactions. It is important that the Region look at what we need for space, and to ensure that space meets the long term needs of our community. We will take some time reviewing our options, while maintaining communication with the current landlord.”
The Thomas Raddall Library is located at 145 Old Bridge St., Liverpool, NS, and is open Sundays from noon – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Continued Partnership has Year Round Benefits for Community
June 13, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Following a successful pilot year, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved a one-year lease renewal with Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL) for shared space at the Liverpool Visitor Information Centre (VIC) with the passing of a motion at the June 13th Regular Council meeting. QASL will continue to operate the Penny Lane Express Shop at the VIC, as well as their staff and clients assisting in the provision of information to visitors.
“The partnership between the Municipality and QASL has been beneficial in many ways,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The partnership promotes diversity and inclusion, and while we maintain our traditional staffing levels at the Liverpool VIC, clients of Penny Lane Enterprises gain valuable work experience providing assistance in the delivery of information to visitors. We are pleased that during the shoulder season when the building would traditionally close, not only will the Penny Lane shop be open, but the VIC materials will be present, allowing information to be available to visitors year round.”
QASL is made up of a team of employees and volunteers who work with individuals with disabilities in Queens County to make a difference in their lives; Penny Lane Enterprises is an adult training centre coordinated by QASL. Offering program options and work opportunities to individuals with diverse abilities, clients of Penny Lane Enterprises receive life and job skills training, and work in the community. The partnership with the Region of Queens Municipality provides clients of Penny Lane Enterprises with work place skills and experience, and the public learn more about social enterprise, in a diverse, inclusive community. The Municipality will continue to staff the VIC with a full time manager and two staff, as has been done in the past, from June through October, and QASL will operate a gift shop, and assist with providing VIC services.
The terms of the lease include QASL operating the facility as a shop on a year round basis, with visitor information available all year. The Municipality will provide the maintenance, utilities and grounds keeping of the property, as well as a wage subsidy to support the hiring of one part time client position for QASL in recognition of their work at the VIC. QASL will maintain a year round shop and visitor services presence during the months that the VIC has traditionally been closed (from mid October up to and including May), 4% of products sales will be payable to the Municipality, and the clients and staff of Penny Lane Enterprises will work to plan and implement some community events at the VIC in cooperation with Municipal staff.
“QASL believes in inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities in Queens County. We are proud of our partnership with the Region and the work we do at the VIC in providing our clients diverse training and employment in the retail and tourism sector. We will continue to be a strong advocate for an increased understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities as we move forward. ” said Treena Dexter - QASL Executive Director.
The Liverpool VIC is located on the Liverpool waterfront, at 23 Henry Hensey Drive, and is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 pm, May 29 – October 6, and Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm for the balance of the year.
Funding Supports for Community Organizations
June 13, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The services volunteers and community organizations provide is invaluable, and because of their commitment and dedication, the Region of Queens Municipality has a bounty of opportunities, events and programs for residents and visitors to access. As a result of Council approving funding in the amount of $11,800 for 15 community groups and one athlete attending a National Championship, residents of Queens will have improved and enhanced recreational programs and much needed improvements to community recreation facilities.
“We are fortunate in Queens to have strong volunteer groups, who work hard for the betterment for the whole community, providing programs and services that in many cases would not be possible without their efforts. Providing grants to non profit organizations for large scale capital projects to improve and maintain their facilities, and grants to help with the start up new programs, events or program helps volunteers focus on the important work they do,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Each year, Council approves Facility Development Grants totaling up to $10,000 to assist community organizations in repairs and renovations to their recreational facilities. Policy allows one Major category grant to be given annually in the amount of $5,000 for projects totaling $10,000 or more, and several grants to be awarded in the Regular category may be funded up to $1,500 each. The Milton Community Association received the Major Category grant to help drill a new well. Grants in the Regular Category of the Facility Development Grant were awarded to the Greenfield Recreation Association ($1,500), Westfield Community Centre ($1,150), North Brookfield Community Hall ($800), West Queens Coastal Community Association ($550), Pleasant River Community Hall Society ($400), Liverpool Baseball Club ($250), Hunts Point and District #3 Athletic Association ($200), and Mersey Point Community Association ($150) to support a variety of capital improvements to their facilities.
The Region of Queens’ Department of Recreation and Healthy Communities administer several grant programs with ongoing intake throughout the year to assist with program development, tournament and special event hosting, volunteer training and travel by local athletes or teams to compete in Provincial or higher level championships. Funding was awarded to the Milton Dambusters Swim Team to obtain equipment for their fast growing team. Ron Williams was awarded a Sport Travel Assistance Grant to assist him with travel costs as he represents the province on Team Nova Scotia at the National Darts Championships in Saint John, NB. The Queens Memorial Car Show received a Tournament/Special Events Assistance grant to assist in the provision of the event on August 26, in Privateer Park, Liverpool. Plant to Plate Community Garden will host a Food Fair/Harvest Festival on September 9 as a result of the funding received through a Community Recreation Assistance program grant. The pickleball program, which was introduced in West Queens by the RQM Department of Recreation & Healthy Communities as a winter pilot program, has grown substantially in just a few months, and with the assistance provided by the grant, the West Queens Recreation Association will purchase their own pickleball sets to continue the program on their own. Families wishing to try sailing will have an opportunity to learn through a Community Recreation Assistance Program grant submitted by the Queens Recreational Boating Association. “Get Out on the Water” will be held on July 8, and is a free program that includes boat rides, knot tying, food, drink, music and water safety instruction.
“The diversity of the programs, events and services provided in Queens is quite remarkable,” said Dagley. “We are pleased to be able to support groups in Queens who give so tirelessly to provide opportunities to others.”
Public Notice: Update re: Found Dog
Updated May 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Public Notice: Further Update Regarding Found Dog
Our Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Special Constable Kelley Anne Hurley has been working with local agencies to ensure that the dog has an opportunity to be rehomed, if it is assessed as adoptable. At present, the custody of the dog has been transferred to another agency, and is being cared for in a facility, assessed and will be adopted out as per the protocols of that facility. The Region of Queens Municipality appreciates the support from the community in trying to locate the owners, the caring shown for the well being of the dog, and the supportive words the community has given to Special Constable Hurley, for the efforts she has applied to ensure the dog is safe and has a good chance of a future.
The Region of Queens Municipality would like to remind the public that under no circumstances are unwanted pets to be abandoned or surrendered to the Region of Queens Municipality. The Region of Queens Municipality has a dog pound to house lost or wandering pets on a short term, temporary basis, until their owners are located. The Municipality is not equipped, trained or able to deal with unwanted animals, or able to facilitate an adoption of an animal with an unknown background.
If the public has information regarding the owners of the dog, they may contact Special Constable Hurley at 902-354-3455.
May 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Overnight on May 23rd, a dog with no identification was left in a kennel in the Region of Queens Municipality’s parking lot. The Region of Queens Municipality’s Bylaw Enforcement department has attempted to identify the owners of the dog through several means, and is working with appropriate agencies to transfer custody of the animal.
Under no circumstances are unwanted pets to be abandoned or surrendered to the Region of Queens Municipality. The Region of Queens Municipality has a dog pound to house lost or wandering pets on a short term, temporary basis, until their owners are located. The Municipality is not equipped, trained or able to deal with unwanted animals, or able to facilitate an adoption of an animal with an unknown background.
An investigation by the Region of Queens’ Bylaw Officer will be ongoing, in coordination with other agencies. The dog appears to be a mixed breed terrier, medium sized, and is blonde in colour. Anyone with information that may help to locate the owners may contact the Region of Queens Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Special Constable Hurley at 902-354-3455.
Region of Queens Council Supportive of Next Steps in Local Transit Study
May 23, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipal Council approved a motion at the May 23, 2017 Regular Council meeting to provide support for the next steps in the community led local transit solution for Queens County. Next steps include Queens Care Society and the Transportation Working Group developing a Transit Business Plan and pre-pilot implementation, funded up to a maximum of $20,000 by the Department of Municipal Affairs and up to $6,500 from the Region of Queens Municipality.
“The Queens Care Society and the Transportation Working Group have worked hard to get to this stage, and have been successful in their application for funding through the province to move this exciting project forward,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The Municipality has been able to provide some staff support for this effort, and have funding allocated to help move to the next step. The Queens Care Society will be working with the community and seeking partnerships to ensure that the project fits the needs of residents.”
A consultant will be sought to work with the Working Group to refine the business case. The business case will define the parameters of the program and what equipment will be in place to fulfill the transit needs in the community. It is anticipated that the pre-pilot operation of the local transit system will begin in the fall and through the winter.
Surplus Municipal Properties to be put on the Market
May 23, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Properties that the Region of Queens Municipality has determined are surplus to the needs of the Municipality will be put up for sale. At the May 23, 2017 Council meeting, Council approved a motion that would see nine properties listed in the real estate market.
“It is important to unlock development potential in Queens, and in putting these properties up for sale, there is an opportunity for commercial and residential development,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The properties were not utilized by the Municipality, and if they are sold will add to the Municipal tax base. Potentially, some of them may be developed to fulfill needs of community, such as housing or business development.”
Municipal staff conducted a systematic review of assets of the Region of Queens Municipality, with the intent to put underutilized properties on the market. Revenues from the sale of property and the resulting tax collection would contribute to advancing the priorities of the Municipality. Following the approval of the nine surplus properties, Council also approved a motion declaring the former Buckfield Community Hall surplus, and directing staff to begin the process of divesting that property.
A Commercial Realtor Services Request for Proposals was awarded to Turner Drake in June 2016; they will list the larger parcels that have subdivision opportunities. A short form Request for Proposal will be issued, and a local realtor will be selected to list the smaller properties. The nine properties have a total value of $158,900.