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You're Invited! Municipal Awareness Week Tours
Celebrate Municipal Awareness Week 2019 by touring some of Region of Queens’ facilities & services.November 18 - 22, 2019 is Municipal Awareness Week, an opportunity for residents to learn more about municipal operations and services provided by your Municipal government.
Call 902-354-5741 to reserve your spot by Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Please note, those wishing to take part in a tour must sign up in advance. We look forward to showing you the interesting and technological aspects of your Municipal Infrastructure.
* Mon., Nov. 18, 2:00 p.m.
The Municipal Water Treatment Facility is an enlightening tour, showing the processes that the Municipal water supply In Liverpool and Brooklyn undergoes from the time it leaves Town Lake until it flows from your faucet as clean drinking water.
(please note: this tour is indoors, with some stairs)
* Tues., Nov. 19, 2:00 p.m.
Region of Queens Municipality’s Planning and Development Department is a high technology department, responsible for many areas of progress in our community, from civic numbering to mapping, and more. Learn about the high tech world of municipal planning at an information session.
(please note: there is a brief walk , approx. 200 metres)
* Wed., Nov. 20, 2:00 p.m.
Everybody uses it, but few give much thought to what happens after flushing the toilet. Learn about how raw sewage is processed into clean water at a tour of the Municipal Sewage Treatment Facility.
(the bus tour will take place rain or shine)
Environment Canada Issues Special Weather Statement for Nova Scotia
Potential Significant Snowfall in the Forecast for the Weekend
November 4, 2019; Queens County, NS: Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Nova Scotia, including Queens County. At present there is a system that is being followed, which may cause a major change in the weather pattern late this week, as a large area of cold air approaches eastern North America. As part of this change, there is a higher potential for storm formation and indeed the models are picking up on a storm that could produce our first significant snowfall of the season. There is a good possibility of accumulating snow, heavy rainfall and strong winds.
At this stage there is a fairly large range in scenarios. One model has the bulk of the snow over NB, another has it over NS, while the third has hardly any snow at all. As more accurate predictions are available, information will be updated. With current indications, be prepared for snow to develop over western areas early Friday and progress across the province during the day. While it is still too early to accurately predict the system, the Annapolis Valley, Northern NS, North Shore, and Cape Breton seem to have the highest chance of getting the most snow, however that could easily change. Strong winds may also develop later on Friday into Saturday which could result in continued snow in some areas.
For further information, follow updates on Environment Canada: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns4
TAX SALE November 20
Please take notice that pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, certain lands situate in the Region of Queens Municipality and described in general terms here are now liable to be sold at Public Auction in the Council Chambers of the Region of Queens Municipality at 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM to recover outstanding taxes, sewer and unsightly charges plus interest as well as expenses of, and incidental to, the sale unless the same are paid in full on or before the said date and time of sale. Click here to see the tax sale advertisement , including the properties to be sold. THE REGION OF QUEENS MUNICIPALITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES TO ANY PURCHASER REGARDING THE FITNESS, GEOGRAPHICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL SUITABILITY OF THE LAND (S) OFFERED FOR SALE FOR ANY PARTICULAR USE and does not certify the legal title, legal description or boundaries AND the lands offered for sale ARE BEING SOLD ON AN "AS IS" BASIS ONLY, subject to any estates or interests of the Crown in Right of Canada or the Province of Nova Scotia.
Leaf and Yard Waste Pick-up
This year’s LEAF AND YARD WASTE roadside pick-up will be held during the weeks of November 4 to November 8, 2019 and November 11 to November 15, 2019 on your regular collection day.
The materials acceptable for pick-up shall include leaves, grass trimmings, and yard waste placed in clear or orange plastic bags. (No plastics, cigarette packages, cups, etc.) Branches and limbs will be accepted if individual branches do not exceed 7 cm. (2.5 inches) in diameter. These should be tied in bundles no longer than 1.2 m. (4 feet) and 20 cm. (8 inches) in diameter.
Solid Waste Clerk
RQM Wins Award at AMANS Conference
October 21, 2019; Liverpool, NS: During the Fall AMANS Conference in Digby last week, Region of Queens Municipality was presented the ‘Workplace for Wellness Silver Award’. This award was presented for the Municipality's commitment to improving the health of its employees and elected officials.
Thank you to Norm Amirault, Wendy Connors and Mallory Plummer for organizing ‘Workplace Wellness Week’ activities over the past two years.
A big thank you as well to KayLee Oickle for all she does year round to promote health and wellness amongst staff and Council; she inspires and motivates all, and her dedication is appreciated.
Public Notice: Be Prepared for Upcoming Weather System
Queens County; October 16, 2019: Weather predictions indicate that winds could reach 100 km/hour and in excess of 50 mm of rainfall arriving this Thursday, October 17. It is likely that power outages could occur, as well as higher than average tides.
Residents should be prepared to shelter in place for 72 hours in the event the power goes out for an extended period and/or highways are blocked. Residents should have a basic emergency kit; recommended contents for an emergency kit include:
- Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.
- Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace food and water once a year).
- Manual can opener.
- Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries).
- Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) to listen to radio news for updates.
- First aid kit.
- Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities.
- Extra keys to your car and house
- Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
- A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
Be prepared by clearing storm drains and gutters, securing objects outside your home and in your yard, check your emergency kit, and ensure that electronic devices are charged.
For residents whose health is directly dependent on electricity, such as those requiring oxygen machines or dialysis, Nova Scotia Power has a Critical Customer Communications Program which provides advance notice of planned power outages, contact during unplanned power outages expected to last longer than four hours and information on the cause and the expected time power will be restored, and updates if the restoration time changes during the repairs. To be added to their list, you need a letter from your doctor or registered medical service provider describing the type of home/critical care you currently receive that is dependent on electricity. The letter can be mailed or faxed to Nova Scotia Power, P.O. Box 910, Halifax, NS, B3J 2W5 Attention: Critical Customer Communication Program; or sent by fax toll free 1-888-428-6108 Attention: Critical Customer Communication Program.
To stay informed during an emergency, monitor local weather advisories, report outages and get estimated times of restoration online at outagemap.nspower.ca or by calling Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004, call 811 for information and advice when you have a health concern or question, follow Region of Queens Municipality on Facebook for updates about local conditions/hazards, and call 511 for road conditions. Remember to call 911 if there is immediate danger.
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New Canteen Operator at Queens Place Emera Centre
October 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: The canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS, will soon be serving up tasty snacks and delicious meal options under a new management agreement. At the October 8, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, a motion was unanimously approved to enter into an agreement with Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Service, effective October 11, 2019, or as soon as possible following this date.
“Council is pleased to be able to enter into this agreement with Angela Ahmad, and feel that Taste of Saffron will be a great addition to the services provided at Queens Place Emera Centre. The proposal submitted by Angela Ahmad was well thought out, with a proposed menu featuring traditional canteen favourites, as well as some of the home cooked Indian dishes that have made Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services a popular local business,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
On September 18, 2019, Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services submitted an unsolicited proposal to operate the canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, proposing a monthly rental from October 2019 through to March 31, 2020 as a trial. The proposal was discussed at the Queens Place Board of Directors meeting on October 1, 2019, and a motion was made that the Board recommend that staff negotiate an agreement for food and non-alcoholic beverages Queens Place Emera Centre, based on the proposal received on September 18, 2019. To accommodate a number of events at Queens Place Emera Centre, the agreement between Region of Queens Municipality and Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will be in effect through to April 30, 2020.
“I have always enjoyed cooking and strive to use healthy ingredients in as many of my dishes as possible. I have been operating Taste of Saffron particularly at the Liverpool Market. I look forward to operating A Taste of Saffron from Queens Place Emera Centre. You will see me during major events such as the numerous hockey games during the current hockey season. I look forward to seeing you” said Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services.
Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will open at Queens Place Emera Centre on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10am - 1 pm. Regular hours will start on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. For updates on hours and menu selections, follow Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services on Facebook.
Notice: Planning Advisory Committee meeting cancelled
The Planning Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday October 7, 2019 has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for November 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
Flags at Half Mast in honour of the former Premier of Nova Scotia John Buchanan
The flags will fly at half-mast until after the funeral is held on Friday, October 11, 2019.
Schedule of Public Meetings about Physical Activity Strategy Re-Write
We are consulting with residents throughout Queens County as we begin the re-write of Region of Queens Municipality's Physical Activity Strategy. All are welcome to come and provide input on how the Region can support residents leading healthier lifestyles. Choose a location near you or a date that suits your schedule!
October is Mi'kmaq History Month
October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. October was proclaimed Mi'kmaq History Month in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. The purpose of Mi'kmaq History Month is to increase public awareness about the Mi'kmaw culture and heritage for all citizens of Nova Scotia. In recognition of this important month, the flag on the special purpose flagpole on the Liverpool Waterfront will fly the Santéé Mawióómi flag (also known as the Mí'kmaq Grand Council flag) for a two week period beginning on October 1, as per Region of Queens Municipality’s Operational Policy #84: Flag Flying.