Current press releases are shown below when issued.
Public Notice: Bottled Potable Water Distribution Program to Conclude
Due to a significant drop in number of users, the Region of Queens Municipality would like to advise the public that distribution of bottled potable water from the Queens Ground Search and Rescue building in Brooklyn will be discontinued effective Sunday, January 15, 2017. Since September, the Region of Queens Municipality has worked in partnership with EMO Nova Scotia and local community businesses and community organizations (including Queens County Ground Search and Rescue) to distribute bottled potable water to those impacted by dry wells as a result of the drought this summer. Many of the wells are now back to normal as the water table has filled through the fall and winter’s precipitation. As a result, there have been very few residents picking up bottled water from the volunteers at Queens Ground Search and Rescue, and thus bottled water will not be given out after January 15.
The Region of Queens Municipality would like to advise the public that access to free potable drinking water from the Municipal well located in Liverpool, NS, will continue.
2016 Tourism Review Video, Tourism Nova Scotia
2016 was an exciting year in tourism in Nova Scotia; the Region of Queens Municipality and the South Shore were popular spots for visitors from outside the province, with nearly 50% of all visitors coming to the South Shore! Check out the 2016 Tourism Review produced by Tourism Nova Scotia for information about what the visitors are doing while here and some interesting facts and figures about trends that are seen in tourism in Nova Scotia. There are quite a few shots that feature Queens, and the information is significant to consider as we position ourselves going into 2017.
Winter Parking and Snow Removal
Motorists are reminded that in accordance with Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person shall willfully park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street or part thereof which interferes or obstructs snow removal during or after a snow storm, or in any way obstructs winter maintenance, i.e. salting. Such vehicles will be towed away at the owners expense.
Further to Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, snow cannot be plowed across any street or onto public sidewalks. Snow shall be stored on the property being cleared or hauled away and dumped in an approved location.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Municipal Bylaw Enforcement at (902) 354-3455 or the Region of Queens Municipality Traffic Authority (902) 354-5721.
Planning Advisory Committee Appointments
December 14, 2016; Liverpool, NS: A full roster of seven Planning Committee Advisory Committee (PAC) members were appointed by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality at the December 13, 2016 regular Council Meeting.
As per Operational Policy 60, half of the members were appointed to a one year term, and the others half appointed to a two year term. The appointments are as follows:
District 1 – Robert Ross (2 year term)
District 2 – Julie Petrella (1 year term)
District 3 – Melanie Newell (2 year term)
District 4 – Mary White (1 year term)
District 5 – Anne Conrad (2 year term)
District 6 – Paul Connolly (1 year term)
District 7 – Don Kimball (2 year term)
There were 13 applicants for seven positions; the Mayor and Councillors voted on the appointments in camera, and brought the motion into regular Council to approve the appointments.
The purpose of the PAC is to advise Council on issues relating to the preparation of, and amendments to, planning documents, and on land use planning matters in general. The group consists of three members of Council and one representative from each of the seven electoral districts. Council representation consists of Deputy Mayor Susan MacLeod, Councillor Heather Kelly, and Councillor Raymond Fiske. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Regional Administration Building, located at 249 White Point Road in Liverpool, on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. and are open to the public.
Region of Queens Municipality Celebrates Staff Milestones
December 13, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality’s skilled workforce maintains many areas that are important to the lives of Queens County residents and visitors. The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and includes staff working in the administration office, Engineering and Public Works, parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the Municipal landfill and Recycling Facility, as well as Hillsview Acres. Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards at the December 13 Region of Queens Council meeting.
“Council is proud to recognize these milestones celebrating the working careers of staff. Those receiving awards today have shown their commitment to public service and excellence,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are privileged to have municipal employees who remain dedicated to their work, while making it their career. All staff are much appreciated and respected by Council and the residents of the Region.”
Sixteen employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, and 20 years of service; those employees represent 200 years of cumulative employment. Staff reaching five years of employment includes Penney Benedict, Nicole Fancy, Jo-Anne Lenethen, and Roslyn Rowter. Ten year milestones were reached by Dana Henley, Donald White, Colin Hartlen, David Benedict, and Chris Wamboldt. Those with 15 years of employment are Wendy Connors and Valerie Rhyno. Additionally, Bradley Rowter, Kevin Weagle, Terri Munroe, Jamie Belong, and Gerry Matthews were recognized for 20 years of service.
Service Awards are presented each year by Council to staff who reach 5 year milestones.
Public Advisory: Possible Phone Scam, Potentially Targeting Seniors
November 29, 2016: The Region of Queens Municipality has received a report of a possible phone scam in the community. Region staff has been advised that a resident was contacted on the evening of November 28, 2016 by someone who advised that they were representing the Region of Queens Municipality and was soliciting donations from residents. The caller indicated that donors would be entered into a draw for $100.
The Region of Queens Municipality would like to advise the public that it does not solicit donations, and requests that residents share this information, and in particular, for them to share and advise seniors of this scam.
If anyone receives a call they feel is suspicious, please contact the RCMP. The phone number for the Queens Detachment of the RCMP is 902-354-5721.
Public Advisory - Broad River to Port Joli– Highway 103
November 10, 2016: When calling 911 for emergency services pertaining to the West Queens area, the Region of Queens Municipality would like to remind those residing or with businesses near the new Broad River to Port Joli section of highway, of the changes to civic address since the opening of the new section of Highway 103. The main roadway that connects the communities of Broad River, Port Mouton, Port Joli, and East Port L’Hebert is now called Trunk 3. The recently opened sections of Highway 103 from Broad River to Port Joli are known as the Highway 103.
Residents who live or have businesses in Port Joli and East Port L’Hebert have received letters noting the changes in their civic addressing with the change in road name to Trunk 3. Those living in Port Mouton have had no change in their civic numbers, but should note there is a change in the name of the roadway to Trunk 3.
When calling 911, it is very important to state the correct civic number and road name to ensure the emergency service providers can locate the emergency quickly. The 911 mapping system is being updated to include the changes in the names of the roadways, and is expected to be updated soon. In the meantime, the Region of Queens would like to remind residents calling 911 to provide the updated civic address.
Liverpool Fire Fighters Association & Region of Queens Co-operate on New Training Space
November 8, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The Liverpool Fire Fighters Association recently approached the Region of Queens Municipality for help in finding a large area to conduct practices and controlled burning with their volunteer fire fighters. Formerly, the LFFA conducted their practices in the gravel lot on Henry Hensey Drive, at the rear of the Liverpool Fire Department building.
"Our staff will work with the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association to find an appropriate area in which their volunteer fire fighters can practice the essential skills needed to keep our community safe," said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "The Fire Department identified that a number of their activities, such as controlled outdoor burning, would be more appropriate outside of the business district, which is near residential areas. We were happy that Chief Steven Parnell approached us to help the organization locate a larger area in which to practice."
There are a number of municipally owned properties near Liverpool that could be considered. Before an area is selected, a report prepared by Region of Queens staff co-operatively with Chief Parnell, will be submitted to Council for approval.
"As a volunteer fire department, we need a lot of training time to keep skills current. We would like to access a large secluded area, where we can conduct the training without worrying about smoke or noise carrying to neighboring homes,” said Steven Parnell, Fire Chief of the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association. “In working with the Region of Queens, we are hoping to find a spot large enough to not only carry out the training for the Liverpool Fire Department, but also to be able to offer mutual aid training to include the other five fire departments and the first responders that serve Queens. Training space located close to homes is an issue for fire departments, and a large remote space would be beneficial to many volunteer firefighters throughout Queens, and allow us to continue to be good neighbors.”
The Liverpool Fire Fighters Association is a volunteer organization that conducts ongoing skills training and practice in the areas of fire suppression, first responder activities, and safety. There are 43 volunteers in the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association, and approximately 20 in the Liverpool Junior Fire Fighters Association. The Liverpool Fire Fighters Association services a large geographical area, providing service to communities in South Queens (including Liverpool, Milton, Brooklyn, Beach meadows, Eagle Head, East Berlin, West Berlin, Mersey Point, Western Head, Moose Harbour and others), West Queens (including White Point, Hunts Point, Summerville, Port Mouton, Port Joli, Port L’Hebert, and others), and provides mutual aid to communities throughout Queens County.
Public Advisory: Loud Noise on evening of Oct. 27, 2016
October 28, 2016, Liverpool, NS: On the evening of October 27, 2016, residents of Liverpool and surrounding areas reported hearing a loud noise, which caused concern. The noise was the result of the ignition of a controlled burn of excess wood, undertaken by the volunteer fire fighters at the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association. The excess wood was clean construction debris originally intended for fire fighting practice in the Burn Trailer, which was unused due to the Provincial Burn ban in place throughout the summer and early fall. It was a still night, and the sound of the ignition carried far. There was no danger to the residents from this controlled burn; the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association and Region of Queens Municipality regret any concern caused to residents.
6th Council of the Region of Queens Municipality Sworn in - Speech by Mayor David Dagley
November 2, 2016, Liverpool, NS: The 6th Council of the Region of Queens Municipality was sworn in on the evening of November 1, 2016 in Council Chamber, at the Region of Queens Municipality. Following is Mayor David Dagley's first speech as Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Before I begin my remarks, I would like to thank some of the people who have helped make tonight’s ceremony special, as a celebration of our culture and heritage. Thank you to Dr. Rev. Hopper for the Invocation. Thank you to our First Nation partners at Sipuke’l Gallery for the Honour Song, and thank you to representatives of the Kings Orange Rangers. Thank you to Jennifer Keating-Hubley, Director of Finance and Acting Clerk for administering the Oath of Office. A special welcome is extended to Staff Sergeant Smith, Anne Fownes, representing Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan, and Courtney Wentzell, Constituency Assistant representing Member of Legislative Assembly Sterling Belliveau.
Good evening everyone. As I look around the room, it is humbling to see such community support for our Municipal government. Thank you for attending this special event. I believe I speak for all of Council when I say thank you to residents for the confidence you have shown in electing us. We are proud to serve as the sixth council for the Region of Queens Municipality. After Amalgamation in 1996, the Town of Liverpool and the Municipality of Queens became the Region of Queens Municipality. As your Mayor and Council, we will strive to serve all of Queens County to the best of our ability. We are excited about working with residents, staff of the Region of Queens, our business communities, our Federal and Provincial governments, and each other, to help move Queens County forward.
All Councillors are here this evening except Councillor Elect Gilbert Johnson. He is working hard in the Grand Bahamas restoring electrical service to residents, as a result of recent hurricane damage. Upon his return, a short Swearing In ceremony will be held at the next available Council meeting.
I would like to personally thank the previous Council, who with Christopher Clarke as Mayor, continued to steer our Region through a challenging period, due to the local Mill and Fish Plant closures. Early in their term, the outlook in Queens was bleak. With the support of our very capable staff of the Region of Queens Municipality, Mayor and Council were able to bring our community through those challenges. We will strive to build upon past successes, and are thankful that Queens presently enjoys a strong and resilient reputation across our Province.
As your Mayor, I am pleased to be joined by seven strong community leaders, forming the 2016 – 2020 Council. As your Council, we will work cooperatively towards economic growth and development, to strengthen and grow our population and business communities. We are proud of the long established businesses in Queens, and are happy to see the new businesses that have developed over the last four years. We know that there is opportunity, potential, and willingness for more employers and businesses to come to Queens and flourish.
I am committed to working with this Council to grow our population, our economy, and increase construction activity for both new homes and businesses. We will entice and welcome seniors, retirees, new entrepreneurs, immigrants, and young families to move to Queens. New construction will provide jobs, and add to our assessment tax base, helping to stabilize our tax rates. Council recognizes the importance of ongoing initiatives to improve rural internet, affordable housing options, transit services, and recreational opportunities for all. We will discuss solutions for an aquatic facility, senior supportive living, long term care upgrades, and accommodating special needs families.
This Council will also focus on creating safe, healthy and vibrant communities, with opportunities for recreation and volunteers of all ages, from youth to seniors. We have a local quality of life that few other locations can match, yet Queens can still become so much more. Our residents are a key component of our ongoing success. We have strong volunteers, who make great things happen in Queens. We have innovative thinkers – and we will reach out to hear your ideas and input. Our natural assets along the ocean and inland will support ecotourism opportunities. Built infrastructure, such as modern schools, Queens Place Emera Centre, Queens General Hospital, and the North Queens Fire Hall and Business Hub, make us an attractive destination area for families and seniors to relocate. We also want others to know that Queens County is a wonderful location to live, work, raise a family, and retire.
I will work diligently with Council and staff to leverage the rich culture and heritage assets we enjoy in our municipality. We have an exemplary relationship with our friends and partners from Acadia First Nation and the Native Council of Nova Scotia. Queens enjoys rich arts and culture, as well as great history, and a Privateering Heritage. We will pursue more local events, and support Queens Place Emera Centre as an economic generator. These assets will help us flourish, and we will promote them to visitors and tourists.
Council transparency and fiscal responsibility will become priority objectives. As a new council, we will embark upon a process of policy and project briefing. Starting on Thursday, and in coming weeks, we will talk about how we wish to govern ourselves, look at our communications practices, and embrace our accountability and obligation to be an open government for the public. Together, we will work hard to ensure that we maintain services, work within our tax base, and ensure that residents are aware of the work that the Region of Queens Municipality is undertaking.
To my colleagues on this Council. Public Service is a noble calling. Collectively, we are committed to the public good. We will work hard with each other, with staff, and with our communities for the benefit of all of Queens. We have a diverse council, and we will have robust discussions. We will respect one another. We will listen. We will be courageous in making difficult decisions, but we will strive to make wise decisions.
I must come back to my previous point about being humbled by your support of our local municipal government. For each of you who are here in this room tonight, there are thousands more who are at home or at work, living their lives. We take the responsibility that the voting public has bestowed upon us very seriously. Being your Mayor and Councillors is not something we take lightly. We represent you, and we make decisions on your behalf for the betterment of all of the Region of Queens Municipality. It is a big responsibility, and one with which we are honoured to have been entrusted.
It is our intention to work hard to serve you well, and we will make you proud during the next four years of our mandate. The Region of Queens must grow to succeed, and we are up to that challenge.