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Hockey Home Opener to Honour Community Fire Fighters
Sept. 12, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The hockey season officially gets underway at Queens Place Emera Centre Saturday evening, September 17th featuring two local teams, the O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes Major Bantam hockey team and the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. The Liverpool Privateer game will have special significance as the organization joins with the Region of Queens Municipality in honoring and celebrating the efforts of the community’s volunteer firefighters by hosting a Firefighter Appreciation Night.
“The efforts of our volunteer fire fighters and Dept. of Natural Resources fire crews are valued every day, but this summer’s fires in North Queens was a testament to their strong dedication, care and commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “There were so many involved in fighting the wildfires, and many of the volunteer fire fighters did not return to their regular job for more than two weeks, spending much time away from their own homes, devoted to keeping our community safe. For this, and for their year round efforts, the community is grateful. We hope to see many turn out for the Firefighter Appreciation Night at Queens Place Emera Centre, to show their support of the contribution that our residents make to our community.”
Among the activities planned to highlight the firefighters are the ceremonial puck drop at 7:30 p.m. with several Fire Chiefs and Firefighters, and during the second intermission, selected volunteer Firefighters will play Shoot for Jimbo’s Cash. During the game, fans will also have a chance to support Queens Mutual Aid with ‘Pass the Boot’; all contributions will be welcomed.
“The Liverpool Privateers have been welcomed wholeheartedly into the community, and are pleased to be back in Liverpool at Queens Place Emera Centre for our third season,” said Jim Bottomley, Team Owner. “To be able to recognize the contributions of the firefighters and help to support them is very important to our team. We are happy to be part of this event, and hope to see many of our fans turn out to show their support.”
Fans of hockey will be excited to know that Sept. 17 features two games of great hockey action, with the Major Bantam O’Regan’s Western Hurricanes taking the ice for their first home game of the season at 5 p.m., playing the ACCEL Hawks. The Liverpool Privateers will face off against rival Glace Bay Miners at 7:30 p.m. for the Firefighters Appreciation Night following the Hurricanes game.
Admission for the O’Reagan’s Western Hurricanes game is $5, with those under 14 admitted free, and for the Liverpool Privateers game, admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Queens Place Emera Centre is located at 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS.
Commercial Real Estate on the Market
August 22, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Some new real estate signs will soon be appearing in Liverpool, which may lead to further growth in the local business and residential community. In June of 2016, following a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Services, Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. was awarded the contract by the Region of Queens Municipality. This week ‘for sale’ signs will be erected for Queens Crossing properties adjacent to Queens Place Emera Centre, and the former Nauss Brothers’ land behind Barss Street.
The Region of Queens Municipality owns several pieces of land which were purchased with the intention of selling them for commercial and/or housing development purposes at fair market value. In addition, on April 12, 2016, Council approved the Strategic Priorities for the next three months, which included the direction for the Planning Department to conduct a review of the Region’s property portfolio for surplus property, which could be sold at fair market value. The pieces of land highlighted in the RFP were three parcels around Queens Place Emera Centre, which are zoned Highway Commercial (C2) and the former Nauss Brothers land behind Barss Street in Liverpool (approximately 32 acres), which is zoned Restricted Residential (R1). In addition, the RFP allows for additional properties to be added to the sales portfolio, as the review of the Region’s property portfolio reveals surplus property with development potential.
This is the first time the Region of Queens Municipality has retained a real estate firm to market the land. Revenue from the sale of the surplus municipal properties are not forecast or budgeted in 2016 / 2017, and will contribute to the municipal reserves.
Access to Popular Local Beach to Improve
August 1, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Spending time at the popular and beautiful Carter’s Beach will soon be improved under a new agreement between the Province and the Region of Queens Municipality. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) will widen the final 40 metres of the Carter’s Beach Road to allow vehicles to pass safely, under a cost shared agreement with the Region of Queens. Widening the road will lead to the elimination of the no parking signs at the end of the road closest to the beach, and will enable parking on both sides of the road near the end of the roadway, providing space for emergency and other vehicle to pass.
“Word has spread about the beauty of Carter’s Beach and what a great spot it is. Traffic to the beach has increased greatly, exceeding the limits of the small parking lot,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are pleased to have been part of finding a temporary solution to some of the parking issues.”
The narrow roadway and lack of parking at the very popular beach has been an ongoing concern, and one that the Region of Queens has stepped forward to help put a solution into place. The widening of the roadway is expected to cost approximately $15,000, with the Region of Queens Municipality providing up to $7,500 of this total.
A working group made up of representation from the Region of Queens Municipality, including Mayor Clarke, Deputy Mayor Darlene Norman and CAO Richard MacLellan, along with representatives of the Provincial departments of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal, Natural Resources, and Environment, and citizen representation by resident Robert Ross and Brian Fisher has been in place and meeting regularly since October, 2015.
“We are working on the opportunities and challenges of continuing public access to this popular beach, and striking a balance between conservation of this special area and enjoyment of what many consider to be the one of the best beaches in Nova Scotia,” said Clarke. “Widening the road to allow parking on both sides close to the beach is a positive development from the collaboration between the province, the Region and citizens.”
There are ongoing discussions to make the dunes, the estuary and other sensitive features of the beach a Nature Reserve. The Region of Queens Municipality, citizens and representatives from provincial departments will continue to meet to ensure that local access to the beach continues, while preserving the special attributes of Carter’s Beach to ensure it there for years to come.
Liverpool Privateers Home at Queens Place Emera Centre
Saturday nights will continue to be Hockey Night in Liverpool for fans of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. Team owner Jim Bottomley and the Region of Queens Municipality have entered into a two year Facility Rental Agreement extending the current agreement through to end of season 2018. The Liverpool Privateers will continue to call Queens Place Emera Centre home and hope to build on the successes of the past two seasons.
“We have tremendous fan support at Queens Place Emera Centre, and our team has been treated first class by the staff,” said Jim Bottomley, owner of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club, and Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. “We are pleased to be able to call Queens Place home, and to play in what is one of, if not the best, facilities in the league. We are glad to be returning for two more years, and hopefully longer.”
Since Bottomley relocated the team to Liverpool in September 2014, the Liverpool Privateers has developed a huge following in Queens County, with fan support at the their regular season home games exceeding 400 spectators, and growing to more than 600 enthusiastic fans during playoff season. The team has a strong and loyal fan base from Queens County.
“Council is as thrilled as the fans to have the Liverpool Privateers at Queens Place Emera Centre,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only does the team provide an exciting, entertaining sport experience that brings teams and spectators from across the province to our community, but having a team of community minded athletes offering elite hockey in our area is significant for the youth of our community. These young men are positive role models who interact with their fans young and old, and show the value of working hard and training. Saturday evenings at Queens Place has become ‘the place to be’ during hockey season.”
With an average of 17 regular season home games each year, and having made their way to the playoff rounds of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League each of the two years they have called Queens Place Emera Centre home, the Liverpool Privateers players and management have felt welcomed from the start. There is a loyal contingent of volunteers who turn out each week, a large number of season ticket holders, many enthusiastic fans, and significant local business sponsorship of the team.
“Right from the start, the boys have felt welcomed and supported by the community. They love playing here, and have been made to feel at home. The players give back to the community as well, getting involved in local fundraisers, parades and more,” said Bottomley. “This year, we would love to bring a Nova Scotia Junior B Championship here, and bring the win home to Liverpool and Queens Place.”
Queens Place Emera Centre opened in December 2011, and is known for its quality ice, and successful special events, as well as being home ice for recreational, competitive and elite hockey teams, including the Liverpool Privateers. Fans can enjoy the fast paced game in the climate controlled arena, or the community room bar, which has sound piped in, ensuring that they don’t miss a minute of the on-ice action.
The Liverpool Privateers will be holding tryouts in late August to early September, and will play their first home game of the season September 17, 2016.
North Queens Business Hub awarded funding for rural Internet research project
Liverpool, NS, June 10, 2016: In less than a year since opening its doors, the North Queens Business Centre and Innovation Hub has gained national recognition as an innovator in working to improve Canada’s online world. On June 9, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), announced grants totalling $1 million, with the North Queens Business Hub’s North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project selected as one of 24 chosen from across the country. It is the only application approved for funding in the Maritimes from 500 applications submitted nationally.
“This is great news, both for the North Queens Hub and rural internet users throughout North Queens. Having access to reliable internet in rural communities in Queens has been a challenge which has been looked at by many over the years,” said Christophe Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The North Queens Hub will be testing an innovative solution to a very real problem that affects many internet users here in Queens, as well as elsewhere in Canada. We are both happy and proud to have played a supporting role in achieving this CIRA funding, and look forward to supporting their efforts in researching technical solutions to the issue of rural internet. This could be a game changer for our community, providing reliable internet for rural users, and allowing rural businesses to compete on a global playing field.”
The North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project will be based out of the North Queens Business Hub in Caledonia. The funding will purchase hardware to trial the use of innovative TVWS wireless technology as a solution to distributing high speed internet service to communities in wooded and hilly areas. Tests will be carried out in several locations during the remainder of 2016, and the results will be presented to CIRA in December 2016. The TVWS Project stresses that it is a research project. Although it is not a permanent solution to the problems of rural internet, it is an important step along the way.
Founded in 2014, CIRA’s Community Investment Program’s mission is to fund innovative technology projects from the non-profit and research communities, contributing to building a better online Canada. Now in its third funding cycle, over $3 million has been distributed to 78 projects from coast, to coast, to coast.
Municipal Properties to be Reinvented with Vision from Community
A fresh perspective and an innovative approach is about to change the way Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop and the Liverpool Visitor Information Centre operate. Motions to establish leases for the two Municipal properties were approved on Tuesday, May 10 at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting. Municipal staff was directed to develop a property lease agreement with Lane’s Privateer Inn to operate Fort Point Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop, and to develop a lease with Queens Association for Supported Living – Penny Lane Enterprises to operate in a shared use capacity in the Liverpool Visitor Information Centre (VIC).
“Council was excited to see the plans that Lane’s Privateer Inn and Penny Lane Enterprises have for these properties,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Both the VIC and Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop have historically had brief open seasons. Through the forward thinking vision of these two organizations, both will have extended seasons, draw more residents and locals, and engage them in exciting new ways.”
On April 13, 2016, Region of Queens issued a request for expressions of interest for several vacant municipal properties, and accepted proposals until the closing date of April 25, 2016. The proposal that Lane’s Privateer Inn made regarding Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop includes maintaining a gift shop located on the first floor, with a focus on Nova Scotia products made with quality and relevance to the visitors to the Lighthouse. Lane’s will use first floor for both retail and interpretive displays, with a focus primarily on Fort Point, and lighthouse history. There are also plans to offer a unique culinary experience with Lighthouse Lunches provided by Lane’s. This has been offered at a few lighthouses in Newfoundland but not in Nova Scotia.
“The Lighthouse at Fort Point is a project near and dear to our hearts as our Dad, Ron Lane, was instrumental in opening the lighthouse to the public. When it was announced that the RQM would not be operating the museum this year, we felt a moral obligation to continue Ron’s legacy and keep the lighthouse open to the public,” said Susan Lane, Manager of Lane’s Privateer Inn. “It is with great pleasure that we announce that Lane’s Privateer Inn will be partnering with the Region of Queens to operate the Lighthouse at Fort Point for the summer season of 2016. The lighthouse will be open 6 days per week during the peak summer season and weekends during the shoulder season. Lane’s at the Lighthouse will continue the mandate of the RQM as we will operate the lighthouse as an historic interpretive centre in keeping with the established tradition.”
Queens Association for Supported Living - Penny Lane Enterprises is proposing the shared use of the VIC as a retail space to sell products made at Penny Lane Enterprises, as well as other social enterprises around the province and other locally made products. There is also potential for Penny Lane Enterprises to host special events at the VIC either independently or in conjunction with other community partners. It is proposed that the staff and clients of Penny Lane would operate the retail shop as well as assist Region staff in the operation of the tourist information aspect allowing both the Region and QASL to build capacity within the community.
“Penny Lane Enterprises is thrilled to be partnering with the Region of Queens for the shared use of this great facility. Community inclusion for people of all abilities is the main focus of our organization, so to be in the centre of Liverpool’s downtown core, showcasing our products and services is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Treena Dexter, Executive Director of Queens Association for Supported Living. “We look forward to working with Region staff as our community continues to embrace diversity well into the future.”
Municipal staff will develop a lease agreement for each organization with a one year term, with a mutual option for a one year renewal. These partnerships will allow access to valued community amenities at a lower cost to the taxpayer, through a savings of approximately $25,000 in staffing costs at Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop, and a percentage of the revenue generated at the VIC. It is expected that both sites will be open to visitors later in the evenings than in previous years, and Penny Lane Enterprises is planning be open weekdays in the “off season”, from October to April, making the VIC a year round operation.
“There are many benefits in the partnerships we have now formed with Penny Lane Enterprises and Lane’s Privateer Inn,” said Clarke. “We look forward to seeing the vision of Lane’s and the Queens Association for Supported Living come to life, and the positive ways it impact residents and visitors, as well as adding to the products and services offered in Liverpool .”
Antigonish’s R.J. MacIsaac to begin disposal of former navy ship
Below is a media release issued by RJ MacIsaac Construction Ltd. regarding the arrival time of the ExProtecteur at Port Mersey Commercial Park. It is a very exciting time for our community, and it will be really great to see this business starting up!
Antigonish’s R.J. MacIsaac to begin disposal of former navy ship
Thursday, April 21, 2016
For Immediate Release
Brooklyn, N.S. – HMCS Protecteur is about to complete her final voyage – a 7,600 nautical mile journey that saw the former Royal Canadian Navy supply ship towed from Esquimalt, B.C., through the Panama Canal, and finally to the Port Mersey Commercial Park near Liverpool, N.S.
The Protecteur, towed by tugboat, is scheduled dockside by noon on Friday, April 22, marking the end of a journey that began on February 24th.
Once the ship is tied up, the team of R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd. will begin the disposal and dismantling process, a project that should take about two years and employ about 50 full-time workers on-site. The work will be done at the Port Mersey Commercial Park, site of the former Bowater Mersey plant.
“This is a tremendous project: challenging, important, and exciting for all of us,” says Boyd MacIsaac, President of R.J. MacIsaac. “Now that the Protecteur is almost here, we look forward to getting at it, hiring more local candidates to join our team and show Nova Scotia skills and ingenuity in action.”
R.J. MacIsaac won the $39-million disposal contract from the Government of Canada on November 27, 2015, following a competitive bidding process with several other Canadian companies. With the Protecteur docked, the work begins to remediate the ship, decommission its military equipment, and dismantle all remaining material.
The $39-million contract also includes the remediation and disposal of another former navy vessel, HMCS Algonquin, a destroyer. The Algonquin will leave Esquimalt in May, towed by tugboat and following the same route to Port Mersey Commercial Park.
R.J. MacIsaac has successfully completed a number of high-profile, diverse marine-based projects recently. Last fall, the MacIsaac team dismantled the MV Miner shipwreck on Scaterie Island, Cape Breton. In the fall of 2014, they were a key player in the successful installation of four sub-sea tidal power cables in the Bay of Fundy near Parrsboro, N.S.
The Protecteur, in service since 1969, was badly damaged by an engine room fire in February 2014.
About the company: Based in Antigonish, N.S., R.J. MacIsaac Ltd. (RJMI) is an innovative contracting company specializing in marine construction projects for more than 40 years. RJMI does everything from dredging to breakwaters, excavation to demolition. It is also an expert in sub-sea pipelines and cables, underwater drilling and blasting.
For more: http://www.rjmacisaac.ca/
Region of Queens Amalgamation is in the News
On April 14, 2016, Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality, spoke in Pictou County on the experiences our community had when amalgamating in 1996, and the changes in Queens over the past 20 years since amalgamation. The Region of Queens Municipality was the first voluntary amalgamation in Nova Scotia, at a time when few were considering the option.
Click here to read the story in the New Glasgow paper "The News"
Region of Queens Municipality Supports Community Organizations
Community organizations play an important role in Queens County, providing programs, services and recreational opportunities to residents and visitors alike. The Region of Queens Municipal Council voted to approve funding for 16 groups through the Grants to Organizations program in the amount of $46,500 at the April 12 Council meeting.
“Council recognizes that the work that is done by the voluntary sector and also by volunteer groups is essential in our County, and they are well deserving of our support. Through the Grants to Organizations, we are able to offer some financial support to help them do their work,” said Mayor Christopher Clarke. “The Grants to Organizations program has been in place at the Region of Queens for the past 20 years, since the Town of Liverpool and the Municipality of Queens amalgamated. Prior to that, each of the units offered similar grant programs for a number of years.”
Among those who were successful in their applications under the Grants to Organizations funding are the Greenfield Recreation Association, Hank Snow Country Music Centre, Liverpool International Theatre Festival, Mersey Band Society, Milton Community Association, Milton Heritage Association, North Queens Board of Trade for their Canada Day and the Farmers’ Market Committees, North Queens Heritage Society, Privateer Days Commission, Privateer Farmers’ Market, Queens County Fair Association, Queens County Crime Prevention Association Senior Safety Program, Queens County Music Festival, South Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on the Mersey committee, The West House Society Rossignol Cultural Centre.
More than $130,000 in requests were received; some were referred to the Recreation Department’s funding programs, others did not meet grant criteria. Council approved an increase in the funding level for the Grants to Organizations program this year, bringing it back to $46,500, after several years of reductions.
The Grants to Organizations program accepts applications in January, with a deadline of the first Friday in February each year. The program’s purpose is to enable community groups to broaden the scope of their programs, in an effort to help build capacity for growth and sustainability of community groups.
Tax Rates for 2016 /2017 Fiscal Year
Advanced planning, the implementation of cost cutting measures, and a forward thinking Council have reduced the impact of current fiscal challenges to tax payers in the Region of Queens Municipality. After several years of minimal changes to the residential and resource tax rate and no increase to the commercial tax rate, it was necessary to increase revenues. The Region of Queens Council approved a budget today that includes a three cent increase in residential and resource tax rates, and a five cent increase to the commercial tax rates.
“We have crunched numbers for a long time, trying to find the smallest impact to the tax payer. Despite this increase, Liverpool continues to have the third lowest commercial rate in the province, and the rate for the Districts 1 – 12 is comparatively low as well,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Despite the loss of $600,000 in taxation revenue from the Bowater Mill since its closure in 2012, Council has managed to lessen the shock to the economy and has kept taxation low, while still providing a high level of municipal services, and continuing to increase and improve municipal infrastructure. We continue to remain one of the most efficient Municipalities across the province and enjoy our significant reputation as ‘The happening Place’. ”
Tax rates are calculated based on the cost of providing the services needed in a municipality. Some of these costs Council have control over, others they do not. Each of these costs makes up a portion of the tax rate.
“For the past two years, we have seen increases in the policing costs and the education levy. These are both very important services in our community, and vital to the safety and future of Queens. Pairing that with the renegotiation of the Call Centre lease, those outside costs, all of which are vital to the community, have an impact on the tax rate,” said Clarke.
The part of the tax rates that the Region of Queens Municipality can influence are costs of provision of Municipal services. All in house municipal departments’ line items have decreased this year. Public Works, Recreation, Planning, Economic Development and Corporate Services all have made decreases to their budgets.
“We have created reserves for a number of planned capital expenses that we foresee, which builds a fund for replacement, repair or additions of needed capital infrastructure in the Municipality,” said Clarke. “Prudent financial planning like this has ensured that when we have sewer, landfill, fire truck replacement or other capital costs, we don’t have to impact the tax rate.”
The water and sewer project in Brooklyn will continue in early spring. Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will complete the new two lane bridge in Milton this year; the Region of Queens Municipality will relocate the sewage pump station, piping and force-main. A cell expansion at the landfill will take place at a cost of $3.7 million, without the need to borrow. The cell expansion is necessary to sustain the revenue streams, as long term contracts are in place to provide a facility for waste disposal. The fire equipment reserve that was formerly established by policy approval will see the Greenfield and District Fire Association take ownership of a new fire truck this year. Barrier free circulation for the main level of the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre will be undertaken this year, which will be a significant improvement to the facility. The Queens County skatepark will be built this year. It will be a great municipal asset, increasing the opportunity for youth and skateboarding enthusiasts of all ages to be active.
"During this Council's mandate, we have faced some strong challenges, but from the beginning, we focused on economic development. We have worked hard together as a Council to maintain a low rate to help residents and businesses cope with the loss of several industries over the past three and a half years,” said Clarke. “We have done all we can with departmental resources and if we are going to maintain or build on current service levels, it will be necessary to re-establish those lost revenues. We tried hard to minimize the impact this year on our business community, but the commercial tax rate increase could not be lower and still maintain the services needed in the community.”
To see the 2016/2017 Region of Municipality's operating and capital budgets, go to http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/finance/financial-statement/budget .
The Region of Queens Council approved a budget today that includes a three cent increase in residential and resource tax rates, and a five cent increase to the commercial tax rates.
The Operating Budget for 2016/2017 reflects a $2,695 surplus and expenditures of $18,877,139.
The residential and resource rate for District 13 (Liverpool) is $1.90/$100 assessment, and for Districts 1 – 12 is $1.02/$100 assessment.
The commercial tax rate for District 13 is $3.00/$100 assessment and in Districts 1 – 12, it is $2.12/$100 assessment.
The commercial rate had remained unchanged in Queens for the duration of this Council’s mandate, and prior to this had been unchanged since 2011. Liverpool continues to have the third lowest commercial rate in the province, and the rate for the Districts 1 – 12 falls in the middle of the rankings.
32% of the tax rate consists of necessary costs that are levied to the Region of Queens Municipality by outside organizations. These include policing services (RCMP and corrections), education levy, assessment services, and the Western Regional Housing Authority.
The remaining 68% are the cost of services provided by the municipality. Each department has worked diligently to produce budgets that maintain service levels without impacting the tax rate. No new staff has been added. The tax rate impact of operations at Queens Place Emera Centre has not increased from last year.
Financial planning through maintenance of reserves for planned expenditures and infrastructure upgrades has allowed a number of capital projects to be undertaken without impacting the tax rate. The water and sewer project in Brooklyn will continue in early spring, funded through the federal gas tax reserves.
Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will complete the new two lane bridge in Milton this year; the Region of Queens Municipality will relocate the sewage pump station, piping and force-main funded through the Region's sewer reserve (special operating reserve), and cost shared with TIR.
A cell expansion at landfill will take place, without the need to borrow; this expansion will not impact the tax rate. Landfill revenues form an essential part of the Region’s operating budget. The cell expansion is necessary to sustain these revenue streams, as long term contracts are in place to provide a facility for waste disposal.
The fire equipment reserve that was formerly established by policy approval will see the Greenfield and District Fire Association take ownership of a new fire truck this year. The fire equipment reserve was established to assist the volunteer fire departments in Queens to replace their aging infrastructure; this reserve accounts for two cents of the municipal tax rates, building a fund to contribute to necessary scheduled equipment replacement for all fire departments.
Barrier free circulation for the main level of the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre will be an operational project undertaken this year, which will be a significant improvement to the facility.
The Queens County Skatepark Association fundraised over the past three years and met their commitment of funding. Council committed $200,000 plus a donation of the land on which the skatepark will be built, and this year, it will be built. It will be a great municipal asset, increasing the opportunity for youth and skateboarding enthusiasts of all ages to be active.
In an effort to sustain the many jobs at the HGS Call Centre, in recent lease renewal negotiations, Council has discounted their lease renewal by $200,000, in light of the unused space in the building.
The North Queens Innovation Centre and Business Hub, which includes the North Queens Fire Department, is an initiative that Council supported, providing $375,000 in funding which assisted in leveraging funding from other levels of government. This fiscal year marks the final installment in that commitment of funding.
Soon after Bowater closed, the former mill site was purchased by the Province, and Port Mersey Commercial Park and the Innovacorp Demonstration Centre were established. Port Mersey and Innovacorp have been very successful in bringing opportunity to the community. Council is excited about the opportunities for our community through Port Mersey. The ship recycling that is starting there with RJ MacIsaac later this month is a groundbreaking industry for Canada, and will provide work and experience for many residents. Port Mersey is home to such global firsts as Cellufuel producing biodiesel from wood fibre, and Unify Energy erecting windmills that will allow the first wind energy storage system to be tested here. Port Mersey's warehouses are filling, with businesses are setting up shop there.
Community Walk scheduled for new Anniversary Trail
Come and see the newest addition to the trails system in Queens County, the Anniversary Trail! Join Mayor Clarke and Council on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. for a walk along this trail, explore the new walkways, take in the scenery and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The Anniversary Trail connects the Bristol Ave. end of the Trestle Trail in Liverpool to Pine Grove Park in Milton along a scenic walk through a beautiful section of woodland and along the Mersey River. The public are invited to gather at the Bristol Avenue entrance to the Trestle Trail, and walk as a group to the new section of trail then along the Anniversary Trail to Pine Grove Park, and back.
“Bring along your family, a group of friends, or come on your own and make new friends on the walk. We’d love to show off the new trail to as many folks as possible, and hope you can join us!” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. Clarke noted that the Anniversary Trail has been a vision of Council ever since the forming of the Region of Queens Municipality in 1996, and now, as the Region enters the 20th anniversary of Amalgamation, the Anniversary Trail is open.
The Anniversary Trail is approximately half a kilometer long, from where it branches off from The Trestle Trail to its conclusion as it enters Pine Grove Park.
Light refreshments will be available on the trail. In the event of inclement weather, announcements will be posted on the Region of Queens Website and on their Facebook page advising of the move to the rain date of Sunday, April 3 at 1 pm.
Summer Concert Announcement for Queens Place Emera Centre
All thoughts were of the beach, surfing, t-birds, summer love and having fun, fun, fun at an announcement made in Liverpool, NS today! International recording stars The Beach Boys will be performing at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS on June 30, 2016.
“The Beach Boys are the ideal kick off for the summer season in Liverpool. Queens is the silver sand beach capital of Nova Scotia,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Known for such songs as “Surfing Safari”, “Surf City USA” and “Surfer Girl”, The Beach Boys have made beach life a theme for many of their popular hits. We extend a warm Queens County welcome to Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and the members of the Beach Boys, as well as their many fans in the Maritimes to come and enjoy the concert, and to live the beach boy or beach girl experience by coming down to where the beaches are.”
Many bands can be measured by the number of hits they have had, or how many millions of albums they have sold, but The Beach Boys’ impact surpasses those traditional measures. With album sales over the 100 million mark and such memorable chart topping hits as “Surfing USA”, “California Girls”, “Kokomo”, “Help Me Rhonda” and many more, The Beach Boys have attained musical heights that few bands can claim. Formed in the mid-1960s, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with a youthful vitality, imagination and signature style for over 50 years, and are still going strong, performing more than 150 concerts each year. Known for their concert presence, energy, spirit and outstanding performances, The Beach Boys are a must-see live show.
“The Beach Boys are iconic musicians, and we are pleased to have a band of this stature take the stage at Queens Place Emera Centre,” said Steve Burns, General Manager of Queens Place Emera Centre. “There are only two stops in the Maritimes on this tour, and we are thrilled to be one of them. We expect that there will be a full house at Queens Place Emera Centre on June 30. What better way to get ready for the Canada Day long weekend than to get those “Good Vibrations” going!”
Concert tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, on the Ticketpro website (www.ticketpro.ca or call toll free 1-888-311-9090) , at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, or any Ticketpro outlet in Atlantic Canada. Tickets will be $ $74.50 plus taxes and fees, and $62.50 plus taxes and fees. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.