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Tax Sale - March 20, 2019
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, March 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.
Janitorial Request for Proposals
The Region of Queens Municipality is soliciting proposals for Janitorial Services. Sealed Request for Proposals plainly marked on the envelope “Request for Proposals JS02-2019 – Janitorial Services”, will be received by the undersigned until 2:00 pm, Atlantic Standard Time, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
The Request for Proposals documents may be seen
or by phone at (902) 354-3453. Proposals shall be completed in accordance with the RFP document. The right is reserved to reject any or all proposals or to accept any proposal that may be considered in the best interest of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Research List to be Sent Regarding Proposed Aquaculture Expansion in Liverpool Bay
February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Over the course of several months, and with data gathered by staff and input submitted by local residents, Region of Queens Municipality’s Council has compiled a list of 24 questions to send to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay. The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting, and the letter to be sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requests that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay.
“Council has heard discussion, received letters and emails from the local residents and seasonal residents, has consulted with provincial representatives from Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, reviewed scientific data, and a presentation by representatives of Kelly Cove Salmon Limited. The list of questions we are sending them will inform the process undertaken by the Aquaculture Application Review Board,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. On September 7, 2018, Kelly Cove Salmon Limited applied for and received a six month scoping Option for Liverpool Bay from Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
To better understand the entire aquaculture licensing process, and how best to have meaningful input, in December 2018, most members of Council met with representatives of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. They learned that the new aquaculture application process is completely external to the Minister, and that any correspondence with the minister will not have an impact on the process. The Aquaculture Review Board is a separate entity, bound by the terms and processes of their Board; detailed scientific and technical data is a requirement. Public opposition or support of an application may also be submitted to the proponent during the Option period, or to the Review Board once they receive the application.
The list of 24 questions compiled by the Region of Queens Municipality will begin the process of understanding the scientific data currently available, and the potential impacts. Responses to the questions provided by Kelly Cove Salmon Limited will effect a more informed Aquaculture Review Board, should the company submit an application. The questions were reviewed with a local ad hoq committee who is opposed to the proposed expansion of aquaculture in Liverpool Bay. They declined to partner with the Municipality in the submission of questions.
Policy Changes to Include Evening Council Meetings in Region of Queens Municipality
February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Evening Council meetings will now be part of the schedule in Region of Queens Municipality. Following a one year trial period of quarterly evening Council meetings, a motion was approved at the February 12, 2019 regular Council meeting to change the scheduling of Region of Queens Council meetings to include one meeting each quarter to be held in the evening. Council will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber at the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS, and for the first meeting of each quarter of the fiscal year, an evening meeting will be held in a different geographical location in Queens; the meeting scheduled for the first Tuesday of April, July, October, and January will be held in West Queens, North Queens, East Queens, and South Queens, respectively.
“The changes to our meeting schedule are about making meetings more accessible to the public. In holding meetings in the evening, in locations across the Municipality, those who are unable to attend a meeting in Liverpool or during the daytime will have opportunities to attend and experience the process,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Evening meetings are no longer in a trial stage. We hope to have more public engagement as people become aware of this change, and come out to a meeting.”
Dates and locations of Council meetings are posted on Region of Queens website https://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-calendar-for-cg. Agendas for Council meetings are posted online the Friday before a meeting: https://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-agendas-minutes-audio. Notice of meetings are also posted the week prior on Region of Queens Municipality’s Facebook page: @RegionofQueens.
Volunteers of the Year Chosen in Region of Queens Municipality
February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: The effect that volunteers have in a community is far reaching, impacting many areas of community life, much like how ripples spread outward when a stone is thrown into a body of water. Two volunteers were selected to be Volunteers of the Year by Region of Queens Council at the February 12, 2019 Council meeting. Lauren Amirault and Raya Stewart, both of Liverpool, NS, were drawn from a pool of 16 nominations recognizing the hard work and dedication of 17 individuals nominated over the past year through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative; one of the nominations received was for a couple who does much of their volunteer work together.
“The Ripple Effect Volunteer initiative program is in place to allow community members to recognize and show their appreciation for the volunteers who have made an impact in their lives. Volunteers in Queens County do much to enhance our community, providing needed services, recreational opportunities, social connections and more,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are pleased that Raya and Lauren will be honoured for their volunteer work and represent Region of Queens Volunteers at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2019.”
The Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative is a program launched in the fall of 2015 to showcase the efforts of volunteers in Queens County. Nominations may be submitted throughout the year by members of the community; the nominees biographies and photographs are posted on the Region of Queens website, Facebook and Twitter pages, enabling the community to learn about the volunteer work of their friends and neighbors.
From those nominees, Council chooses two Volunteers of the Year for the Region of Queens who will receive an award at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony held the week prior to Volunteer Week in April. The Province of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony honours approximately 70 volunteers from across Nova Scotia each year for their commitment and dedication to community life. The Provincial Volunteer Award is a once in a lifetime award. The ceremony is being held on April 1, 2019, in Halifax. National Volunteer Week takes places April 7 - 13, 2019.
From February 2018 through to January 31, 2019, 16 nominations were received for the Ripple Effect, representing 17 individuals. Those nominated were Lauren Amirault of Liverpool, Katharina Cochrane of Liverpool, Larry Cochrane of Liverpool, Alex Doggett of Hunts Point, Debra Hansen of Hunts Point, Karleigh Huskins of Brooklyn, Faye Levy of Brooklyn, Dan MacLaren of Brooklyn, Barbara Ross of Liverpool, Bob Sanford of Liverpool, Raya Stewart of Liverpool, Chuck Taylor and Deborah Sponagle-Taylor of Liverpool, Lorraine ‘Cookie’ Trainor of Liverpool, Kathy Veinot of East Port Medway, Cathy Williams of Port Mouton, and Colleen Wolfe of Liverpool.
“Each of the volunteers who were nominated play very important roles in our community, and all of their contributions are valued. It is challenging to select just two as Volunteers of the Year; how can anyone determine the value of one act of volunteerism over another? In the interest of being fair, we draw two names randomly,” said Dagley. “We are very fortunate in Queens to have many dedicated volunteers – the nominees this year are a great example of the passionate, energetic and skilled volunteers in Queens, however we know there are even more who deserve recognition. Residents are encouraged to thank those who make Queens a great place to live - make a Ripple Effect nomination!”
Photos and biographies of Ripple Effect nominees, along with a downloadable nomination form are posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/volunteering/overview . Due to the high volume of nominations received on or near the deadline for nominations, nominations for the 2019 award are being added online as biographical information is finalized.
Telecommunications Tower Development Agreement Application Declined
February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: An application for a development agreement to erect a cellular telecommunications tower in Liverpool, NS has been declined by Region of Queens Municipality’s Council. The proposed location for the tower was on privately owned property located near the end of Meadow Pond Lane in Liverpool, which is zoned R6 -Mixed Use Coastal Residential. A telecommunications tower does not fall under the list of permitted uses in the R6 zone, however, Council has provisions in the Region’s Municipal Planning Strategy to consider approvals of such uses by way of a development agreement.
The applicant, Eastlink, held a public meeting on November 21, 2018 to provide information to the publicregarding the plans for the tower. Region of Queens Municipality held a public hearing on January 22, 2019 to provide opportunity for the public to make oral or written presentations respecting the proposed development. A number of local residents and property owners spoke at the hearing, stating concerns of potential health impacts to residents in the proximity, decreased property values, and future plans for multi-unit residential development. Several written submissions were also received prior to the hearing, and provided to Council for their consideration.
“Council carefully deliberated the advantages and disadvantages of approving the development agreement to allow the telecommunications tower to be erected. In the end, Council determined that while telecommunications towers are necessary to provide our residents, businesses and visitors to Queens with reliable communications, the proposed site wasn’t an appropriate location for the tower. Approval was not given to the applicant,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Surplus Municipal Property to be Sold to Queens Daycare Association
January 22, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Queens Daycare Association will become the owners of the building that they have called “home” since they began operations in 1984. At the January 22, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting, Council approved a purchase and sale agreement with Queens Daycare Association, selling the non profit organization the former Mount Pleasant School building and properties for $1.00.
“Queens Daycare provides a valued service to families in Queens County, and Council is happy to be able to provide them with the facility and 3 acre lot for the nominal fee. Their proposal to purchase the facility indicated that the building and grounds meet their needs, and will allow for them to expand and grow their programs, should they choose to do so,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We wish them much success as they take ownership of the property.”
The 57 year old former school was declared surplus by Region of Queens Municipality in September 2017, and the tenants were advised to find alternate arrangements by the end of June, 2019; Municipal staff initiated a request for proposals (RFP) in October 2018, seeking offers to purchase the property. The proposal submitted by Queens Daycare Association was accepted at the November 27, 2019 Council meeting, and Council approved entering into a purchase and Sale agreement with the Association for a sale price of $1.00. A public hearing respecting the proposed sale, as required by the Municipal Government Act, was held on January 8, 2019, with no objections presented from the public. The closing date for the sale of the property will be or before July 2, 2019.
“The purchase of the building enables us to continue to provide licensed childcare to families in Queens County. That is why we, as a volunteer board, have accepted this additional financial responsibility. We do this for the families, the children and as our commitment to our community,” said Donna Dexter, Board Chair of Queens Daycare Association.
Region of Queens Municipality to Make Application to Remove Sewer Discharge from Liverpool Harbour
January 8, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipal Council is applying for federal and provincial government funding support to remove sewage from two outfalls into Liverpool Bay; at the January 8, 2019 Council meeting, Council voted in favour of submitting a funding application under the Green Environment Quality Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The proposed project has an estimated cost of $4,493,530.00+ HST, and involves the area of Waterloo Street below the intersection of Waterloo and School Street, as well as William Street, Bartling Avenue, and James Street.
“Region of Queens Municipality has been involved for several years in remediating historic sewage outfalls. Work on the lower end of Waterloo Street, Bartling Avenue, William Street, and James Street is a significant project, which would benefit greatly from the support of this funding,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
The project, if approved, is expected to take place over a three year period. Maximum funding available is up to 40% federal contribution and up to 33.3% from the province. The balance would be funded by the Region of Queens Municipality. Decisions regarding whether the application is approved are not expected until spring 2019.
Liverpool, NS Makes the Cut to Host Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships
December 14 2018; Liverpool, NS: On the heels of a successful inaugural event in 2018, the organizers of the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships announced the 2019 Championships will return to Centennial Park, Liverpool, Nova Scotia. North Nova Lumberjacks Society are making preparations for the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships to be held on August 24 and 25, 2019 on the picturesque Liverpool waterfront.
“We are a small nonprofit group trying to make a positive difference in the communities we host our events in while drawing attention to our sport. The support we’ve received from Region of Queens Municipality and the south shore is like nothing we’ve seen since our inception in 2016. We are grateful for that support and are looking forward to hosting the most prestigious and highest level axe throwing competition in the country,” said Ryan McIntyre, Vice President and Founder of the North Nova Lumberjacks Society.
The 2019 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships are anticipated to draw top ranked double bitted axe throwing competitors from across the country, as well as from Europe, along with a large fan and spectator base to watch the competitions. The 2018 event featured 54 competitors, including 15 international throwers. Four countries were represented, including Canada, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden in the Men’s, Women’s, and Junior Divisions. Over 1,000 spectators were in attendance at Centennial Park, Liverpool for the Championships. 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championship winners in the Women’s Division were Anki Hedberg of Sweden with gold, Tess Billings of New Brunswick won silver, and the bronze went to Suzy Atwood of Barrington, NS. The top positions in the Men’s Division were Udo Hofmann, of Germany in the gold medal position, silver ranking went to world champion Daniel Hedberg of Sweden, and Pierre Kaminski of Germany took the bronze.
“We are proud to once again welcome competitors from across Canada, and around the world to Queens County. The 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships was a well-attended, and much talked about event, and the 2019 Championships will build on that success,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Region of Queens Municipality is happy to be a sponsor of the 2019 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships. This event is a good fit for Queens, with our rich forestry history and reputation for hosting unique, world class events and competitions.”
In addition to the 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships, North Nova Lumberjacks Society has successfully hosted Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, which were nationally televised. Promoting the sport of Lumberjack skills and its athletes, hosting elite level competitions, promoting the community, and contributing to the local economy through attracting spectators and competitors are the values of North Nova Lumberjack Society. Further information about the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships, as well as sponsorship opportunities are available online: www.novalumberjacks.com.
Region of Queens Municipality Celebrates Staff Milestones
This photo shows nine of the 21 staff recognized for their long service to the Region of Queens Municipality. From left to right: Mayor David Dagley, Wayne Henley, Bill Leighton, Lloyd Wolfe, Colin VanBuskirk, Shelley Connolly, Alex Comeau, Audrey Wamboldt, Steve Burns, and Richard Lane.
December 11, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality provides services and programs which impact the lives of residents and visitors alike. A team of staff are employed by the Municipality to plan, coordinate, and respond to those services and programs. Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards presented at the December 11, 2018 Region of Queens Regular Council meeting.
“The staff which were recognized today have a strong commitment to excellence in public service. Council is proud to recognize and celebrate the years of service and commitment provided by the skilled staff working in the diverse and varied operations in the Municipality,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “All employees are positive ambassadors of Council and the Region of Queens, and they provide a high level of service.”
At the December 11, 2018 Council meeting, 21 of Region of Queens Municipality’s employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, 25, and 40 years of service; those employees collectively represent 240 years of employment. Staff who have worked for the Region of Queens for five years are Steve Burns, Alex Comeau, Paul Dauphinee, Amy Hatt, David Kelley, Richard Lane, and Lloyd Wolfe. Ten years of service was reached by John Berry, Bill Leighton, Frank Oickle, Meaghan Roberts, Neil Roy, Janie Ryan, Colin VanBuskirk, and Rodney Weagle. Shelley Connolly, Wayne Hanley, Dwayne Hurshman, and Audrey Wamboldt were recognized for 15 years of service. Reaching the 25 year mark is Tim Thorbourne; and Sherman Roberts marked 40 years of employment with the Region of Queens Municipality.
The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and include departments of Planning and 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 Home for Special Care. Service Awards are presented each year in December by Council to staff as they achieve 5 year milestone increments. Years of service for staff employed by either the former Municipality of Queens or former Town of Liverpool prior to the amalgamation are carried forward and added to their employment with the Region of Queens Municipality.