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Partnership Agreement Approved for Inclusive Playground in Liverpool, NS
April 10, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality is entering into a partnership agreement with Autism Nova Scotia for a future inclusive playground to be built on Municipal lands in Liverpool, NS. The playground, unique in Southwestern Nova Scotia and the province, will feature inclusive play equipment and structures that supports use by all children and adults.
“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Autism Nova Scotia, and are proud that Queens County will be home to this wonderful asset which will give families of all abilities many fun experiences that they may not have had in the past,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only is the inclusive playground a benefit to local families, it is something that families from all around Nova Scotia will come to visit and enjoy.”
The proposed agreement resulted from discussions around a motion of Council approved on February 27, 2018, and rescinded on April 9, 2019, in which Region of Queens Council agreed to donate the land and a maximum of $25,000, and enter a renewable partnership agreement for a period of 5 years with Autism Nova Scotia to manage construction and ongoing maintenance of the playground. Under the provisions of the proposed partnership agreement, Autism Nova Scotia will prepare the design of the playground, and determine the suppliers of the equipment, as well as work with the local Queens County fundraising committee to raise the funds needed. Once funds have been raised, and the plans and equipment have also been approved by both partners, the Municipality will manage the project through to completion, own, and maintain the playground as an additional infrastructure asset of the Municipality.
"We deeply appreciate the partnership of the Region of Queens, as well as the tremendous vision and dedication of the many volunteers and supporters who have come together to create this inclusive outdoor recreation space for people of all ages and all abilities,” said Debbie Wamboldt, chairperson of Queens Universally Designed Playground’s fundraising committee and board member of Autism Nova Scotia’s South Shore Chapter.
The projected cost of the inclusive playground is approximately $450,000, with the local fundraising committee working towards reaching that goal through community and corporate fundraising efforts. The playground project will not proceed until sufficient fundraising is in place. One of the conditions of the proposed agreement allows Autism Nova Scotia up to two years to source the required funds. In the event that the funds are not raised in two years, the partnership agreement would terminate. Under the proposed agreement, the local fundraising committee will be eligible to apply for Region of Queens’ new Community Investment Fund grant program, and therefore the previously committed $25,000 is not included in the 2019-2020 budget, and not in the proposed agreement.
Redefining Retirement program to come to Queens County
April 4, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Queens County is one of three communities selected to participate in the next round of Redefining Retirement.
The program is free to participants. It is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors in partnership with Region of Queens Municipality. This program is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contribution older adults make to their community and was successfully piloted in 2018 in Yarmouth, Windsor, and St. Margaret’s Bay.
Briefly: Redefining Retirement is a free, 5-part workshop series that helps older adults (typically 55+) answer such questions as: How can I make my retirement better? What am I going to do when I retire? In contrast to the many retirement programs that focus solely on finances, this program is about enabling older adults to determine how they will engage with their communities, deploy their skills, and connect with like-minded people once they ‘retire’. The program originated from the observation that even though many people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s (and even 90s) are ‘retired’ in the traditional sense, they still have important social and economic contributions to make. This program helps participants live fully and purposefully in their later years, to the benefit of all.
The workshops in the series are interactive and begin on April 30, 2019. Participation is limited to approximately 25 participants. Registration is now open by visiting the Redefining Retirement website at www.redefiningretirement.ca.
For more information, please contact:
902 717 6291
Council approves 2019/2020 Budget
Council approved the 2019/2020 Budget on March 26, 2019.
Click here to view the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality General Operating and Water Operating Budgets and the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality Capital Budget.
Click here for Mayor Dagley's budget speech.
Response Received from Kelly Cove Salmon Limited to Questions Submitted by Region of Queens Municipality Pertaining to Aquaculture Option for Liverpool Bay
March 11, 2019; Liverpool, NS: In February 2019, Region of Queens Municipality's Council sent a letter containing a list of questions 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. The letter sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requested 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.
Click here to read the cover letter from Kelley Cove Salmon Limited received today, March 11, 2019, and click here to read the the responses to the questions .
Message from Mayor David Dagley: World Junior Curling Championships 2019
This past week has been one to be remembered.
I was pleased to provide two speeches at the World Junior Curling Championships, and also pass out some keeper awards to the curlers. The exceptional quality of curling by the teams was evident. Congratulations to the medal winners, as well as all participating teams from around the world.
Not only did we experience exciting world junior curling draws, but we also had an opportunity to make connections with guests from across the Province, Canada, and the Globe.
During the week a large number of fans attended the Event, and our residents and businesses provided strong support and hospitality. Major sponsors included the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, J and W Murphy Foundation and Region of Queens Municipality.
The World Curling Federation took a leap of faith that a small community such as Liverpool, Nova Scotia could successfully host a world class event, and we did. Support was received from all communities throughout Region of Queens Municipality.
We owe a huge gratitude for the vision and hard work of the dedicated volunteers of the Liverpool Championship Host Society in their bid to host the 2019 World Juniors. They and nearly 200 volunteers helped to successfully put Liverpool and Queens on the world stage. Our large number of volunteers allow Queens to showcase major Events.
I was told by Kate Caithness, the President of the World Curling Federation as well as other dignitaries attending, that everyone was pleased with the organization and professionalism of the World Junior Curling Championships, and that Queens Place Emera Centre and the quality of ice were exceptional. Visitors embraced our local hospitality, were very impressed with all of the citizens they encountered, and were happy to share their pleasurable experiences. Queens has worked hard to earn its great reputation.
There was a large visitation throughout our communities, as scheduling time actually permitted visitors to take in our local cuisine, shops, and natural beauty. Local accommodation providers were smiling. All visitors were impressed with Queens and our quality of life.
Each and every one of our residents, businesses and staff of Region of Queens Municipality are ambassadors of Queens, who strive to provide and receive this level of satisfaction from visitors who grace our doorstep.
I personally wanted to take the time to thank all of you for your extra effort to allow Queens to provide a very successful World Junior Curling Championships Event.
Please be proud of this wonderful collaborative accomplishment, as I am certainly very proud of you.
Mayor David Dagley
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.