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Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Offices Re-Opening to the Public
May 28, 2020; Liverpool, NS: As the Nova Scotian economy begins to open up, Region of Queens Municipality is re-opening the Administration Building for public access starting on June 1, 2020.
“Our community, along with the rest of Nova Scotia, Canada and the world, has experienced challenges over the past two months. Region of Queens Municipality’s staff have continued to provide service to our community throughout the pandemic, using internet and telephone options. We are happy to be able to offer more services to our residents and the general public. Safety is at the forefront of our reopening, and we have implemented a wide assortment of protocols to observe social distancing, maximum gathering limits, and hygienic measures for the protection of the public and our staff, and will adjust our protocols as needed in response to evolving Public Health guidelines.”
Most municipal services continue to be available online, and residents are not required to conduct business in person at the Administration building; however, beginning June 1, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., public access to the municipal administration building will be available through access points at two doors only - the Finance Department entrance and the Planning & Development/Engineering & Works Departments’ entrance. There will be signage in place, and each of these entrances have parking nearby and will minimize the opportunity to block walkways.
Public members will continue to use the Finance Department entrance to pay taxes, water and sewer accounts, obtain vending permits, pay for building and planning permits, and obtain and pay for dog registrations. The second entrance at Planning & Development Service/Engineering & Works will be used to access supports and information related to building permit and development permit requests, bylaw enforcement, planning matters and municipal infrastructure information. The Recreation and Economic Development entrance will remain closed, but residents can visit one of the other entrances for these services.
Residents will be able to enter one at a time unless support is required from a family member or caregiver. Another individual will be permitted to enter however; they must immediately enter and sit in the chairs provided which will be a safe distance from the counter and the individual being served. If more individuals are present outside the door, they will be asked to remain outside until invited in and to physically distance.
In addition to the Administration Building reopening, a number of services that had temporarily been on hold will be available, effective June 1, 2020. Public market permits and vending permits will be available, with approved safety plans in place, and enforcement will resume for parking meters and timed parking lots.
“The new normal we are experiencing is different and will take some getting used to, but is necessary to help reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19,” said Mayor Dagley. “Many in our business community will also be opening and expanding their services next week. We encourage residents to support our local businesses, as these have been challenging times for their businesses. They have adapted to the changes, as have our residents. I am proud that Queens County residents have continued to show their resilience and strength.”
Queens Place Emera Centre will remain closed at the present time and a plan for that facility will be forthcoming at a later date.
Jubilee Street Rehabilitation Project to Start May 4, 2020
Region of Queens Municipality’s Capital Works staff will begin work on the Jubilee Street Rehabilitation project on Monday, May 4, 2020. The first two weeks of work will begin within the intersection of Jubilee and Main Streets, during which Main Street will be closed to public traffic between Gorham Street and Market St. The 3-way intersection will be open on Market Street and on Main Street in front of the Post Office.
When the work is completed within the intersection, Main Street will reopen, and Jubilee Street will be closed until late summer. During this construction period Sewer, Water, Storm, Curb/Gutter, Sidewalks and Retaining Walls will be installed, utility poles relocated and the paving completed. Jubilee Street will be open to Residents and Emergency vehicles. The Royal Bank Parking lot may be accessed through Gorham Street.
Please plan your route accordingly, while this necessary construction takes place.
Message of condolences from Mayor David Dagley
The tragic results of the loss of so many innocent lives in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19 will remain with us for a long time. Along with all of Nova Scotia, our residents mourn with the families and their communities, including the death of a courageous member of our Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the families impacted by this tragedy.
The grief, shock, and sense of sorrow that result from the loss of lives affects us all, as we mourn the victims. It is challenging in this time of self-isolation to feel comfort from loved ones to help us through, and the reassurance often found from a simple hug is not possible now. I urge you to reach out to your loved ones by phone or over the internet, to make a connection, and help each other to manage the grief. We are all in this together, and no one should have to feel alone.
There are resources available to help all Nova Scotians during these difficult times. Please reach out, or recommend that a family member or friend do so if they need support.
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).
Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. The number is: 1-844-751-2133.
Our deepest gratitude is extended to the courageous members of the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police for their work to bring an end to the devastation.
Flags at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Offices and former Town Hall will be flown at half mast as a remembrance to those who lost their lives.
April 20, 2020
Spring Clean Up Collection Dates
April 20 to April 24, 2020 and April 27 to May 1, 2020
This year’s SPRING CLEAN-UP COLLECTION will be held during the weeks of April 20 to April 24, 2020 and April 27 to May 1, 2020 on your regular collection day.
Generally, items acceptable for pick-up are over-sized items and items not regularly collected on your regular collection day. These items shall not exceed 150 lbs. in weight or 6 feet in length. Items that will NOT be collected are Leaf and Yard Waste, Household Hazardous Waste, Building Demolition Waste, Tires, Propane Tanks and Electronics (Computers and TVs, etc.).
It is essential that your regular household garbage (black bags), blue bags, cardboard and compost be kept separate from the spring clean-up items.
Scott LeBlanc, Solid Waste Clerk/Safety Officer
Statement from Mayor David Dagley: March 31, 2020
Statement from Mayor David Dagley, Region of Queens Municipality
Tuesday, March 31, 2020: I hope that all residents are attempting to deal with Covid-19 to the best of your ability. Current restrictions, while difficult, are necessary. Please be assured that Region of Queens Municipality is continuing to monitor the transmission and impacts of Covid-19 and are following all Nova Scotia Department of Health protocols.
This virus is a serious health concern and the safety of our facility users, staff and citizens is of our utmost priority. While we must all continue to pull together to succeed in winning this battle;Covid-19 has severely impacted activities and become a burden for many during daily life.Residents in Queens are known far and wide for our great hospitality which is something we should all be very proud of.
Please remember to walk for exercise, not to socialise, to stay close to home, and to practise social distancing of at least 2 metres. The Premier directed enforcement officers to issue fines for non-compliance of Provincial Orders under the declared State of Emergency.
As Mayor, I want to acknowledge the tremendous work being carried out by so many people working and volunteering in our community during this difficult time, including our own municipal staff who continue to ensure our water and sewer systems operate safely, our roads are cleared and salted, permits continue to get processed and approved, and our Queens Solid Waste Management Facility continues to process waste, organics, recyclables, and commercial contractor waste.
I would recommend that all citizens read the latest Region of Queens Municipality Covid-19 Updates as they are posted on our Region of Queens Municipality web site as well as the Province of Nova Scotia Covid -19 Updates which are also available on the Provincial web site.
During the past week I conducted interviews pertaining to Covid-19 with CKBW radio on Monday morning, CBC Information Morning on Wednesday, an article appeared in the March 25 issue of Lighthouse Now on Lunenburg and Queens Counties, and I was in touch with Simple Local Life Media on Friday to arrange an interview.
We recognize that there are residents in Queens without Internet or unreliable service, which is now being compounded due to the Library closure. With such a huge amount of information available, residents are not able to regularly access all information. We placed ads on QCCR and CKBW last week and over the weekend advising residents that if they don’t have Internet ability, to contact Heather Cook, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, at 902-354-5741 and she will mail them the most up-to-date package of information and resources. We only require a name and mailing address.
The Region partnered with Bell Canada several years ago on a Federal Connect to Innovate funding program to install fibre optic cables in Central and North Queens. We again partnered with Bell Canada and Develop Nova Scotia to carry out a $1.9 million project in January forCentral and North Queens to provide last mile and hookups for up to 1250 locations. Design work on this project is underway and when materials are ordered and received, installations will begin. I also provided a support letter to Bell for a new Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission funding application two weeks ago, and if successful, up to 400 more locations will be serviced in Central and North Queens. We will continue to seek and apply for future funding to improve internet service in other areas of Queens. The window of opportunity for funding to improve internet service is short, so we must proceed quickly. The municipality has agreed to contribute up to $1 million to these and other internet infrastructure projects currently under review with Bell Canada.
Council meeting scheduled for March 24th was cancelled and the Municipal Administration Building closed to the public on March 25th. We continue to serve you while some of our staff in the Administration building are currently working from home. Please refer to our latest Covid-19 Update on our web site for particulars on Municipal services. An Order has been signed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to allow electronic or teleconference Council Meetings, and we will hold a Council Meeting when appropriate.
A number of recent issues may be of interest to residents:
1) Queens General Hospital has elevated security at the door with a security guard and nurse present. Please call the switchboard to arrange appointments for blood tests, etc.
2) Region of Queens has applied to the Province for cost sharing of a new Queens County Economic Development initiative, similar to the previous South Shore REN. This funding will enable the Region to hire an employee focused on economic development inQueens; an ability that will be very beneficial to business retention once Covid-19 is under control.
3) Freeman Lumber has advised that they are not able to ship wood chips to Brooklyn Power and are therefore not accepting wood deliveries after April 3rd. Freeman Lumber is anticipated to be shutting down once their mill yard is empty. I wrote a letter to the Premier and Ministers on March 23rd to seek their intervention with Emera in an effort to have Brooklyn Power continue to accept Freeman`s chips and continue to produce electricity for an extended period. Freeman`s are interested in constructing a pellet mill to handle their chips which will likely take 18 months to become operational. This potential closure will impact 200 + jobs.
4) A large firewood supplier, as well as a firewood customer, advised me that without the Freeman Mill operating, the local fire wood supply to sell to customers will significantly decrease. Additional memos were forwarded to elected Provincial officials on March 26thand 27th.
5) All anglers should be aware that Provincial Fisheries has announced that Nova Scotia’s sport fishing season is on hold until at least May 1st.
6) Open fires of any kind are not permitted in or within 1,000 feet of woods under a Provincial Fire Ban Order. Enforcement efforts have occurred in Queens.
7) The 2020 Olympics were cancelled and have now been re-scheduled for July - August 2021. We were proud to host a local celebration event for Sarah Mitton of Brooklyn recently. We are cheering for her and will continue to follow her progress over the next year.
8) Coach Betty Ann Daury accompanied athletes Michael Moreau and Colby Oickle to the Special Olympics National Games in Thunder Bay in February. Both athletes were successful in winning several medals each in the Snowshoe Event. Region Certificates of Congratulations were not able to be awarded to all of them at Council due to restrictions in place as a result of Covid-19 therefore Betty Ann has agreed to deliver the Certificates on behalf of Council. We are very proud of Betty Ann, Michael and Colby.
The main Trestle Trail bridge from the west end at Main Street to Bristol Avenue is open to walkers, as well as the outdoor walking track next to Queens Place. Please note that the Anniversary Trail next to the Trestle Trail bridge is closed.
During this time of reduced travel and self-isolation, we are asking residents to not hoard food or other household items as it will only harm others in our community who may need those items. When residents do require food or household items, we ask that you maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule and support local businesses. Please select one person from your household to do grocery shopping, and adhere to safe practices by washing hands frequently and refraining from touching your face, eyes or mouth. If you feel unwell, or are self-isolating, please have others deliver required supplies to you.
While many businesses have been required to close or reduce operations, we expect all residents to be respectful of others including staff in our operating businesses and medical providers, who are all working above and beyond, to continue to provide the services which we require. Our compassion is extended to those who may be laid-off including those due to a federal or provincial directive. The Municipality purchases a significant amount of items from local businesses, and we are now issuing cheques weekly to provide a quick turnaround time to our suppliers to support their cash flow. It is my responsibility to review all invoices prior to signing cheques.
Many local businesses are accepting phone orders and electronic payments. Residents can have purchases delivered by some businesses or picked up by a friend or relative. Queens Transit at 902-356-2670 advises that they provide pickup and delivery services, and our Senior Safety Coordinator Shelly Walker also has volunteers helping. Please call her at 902-354-5721 to arrange deliveries if required.
Federal financial support programs for residents and businesses can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Income_Support_for
If you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38 C or higher, or a cough, and you have travelled from outside of the province, or been exposed to a traveller in recent weeks and suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, you are advised to complete the online 811 Screening Tool questionnaire, to determine if you should call 811. If the results advise you to do so, please call 811 for an assessment. Self-isolating for 14 days is now mandatory for anyone who enters Nova Scotia. Those not adhering to this requirement are subject to a fine of $1000. For the greater good of all of our residents, please heed this advice.
Councillors are receiving updates on evolving issues regularly and I continue to work closely with our MLA Kim Masland and MP Bernadette Jordan on many issues of importance to citizens of Queens.
While Covid-19 changes are a major inconvenience, they are necessary. We must be proactive and do what is in the best interest of residents and staff to ensure their safety. I am hopeful that these preventative measures will lessen the amount of time we are required to reduce services while continuing to provide essential services to our communities. It will take time to substantially reduce present disease risk according to senior medical experts. Until new cases on the Covid-19 curve flattens, present controls will continue. We have 127 known cases of Covid-19 in N.S. as of March 30th, and one case of community spread has now been determined by the Province. Evolving concerns will be monitored daily and our plans adjusted as required. With your cooperation we will be successful in winning this battle.
Please continue to be safe.
Mayor David Dagley
Business Facade Program 2020 - available now!
We are delighted to announce details of the 2020 Business Façade Program. This program will help fund a wide range of upgrades and improvements to commercial properties in Queens County to 50% of eligible costs up to a contribution of $5000.
We realize that, because of the current health emergency, business and commercial property owners may not be able to gather the required two quotes to form an application at this time, and so, we have extended the application deadline to June 30, 2020. At this initial deadline, applications will be assessed and approved according to available funds. If sufficient funds remain after the initial allocation, applications will continue to be accepted and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
More details of the program, together with downloadable Guidelines and Application Form documents, are available on the Business Façade Program page.
Administration Office Closure
Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Building will be closed to public access at the end of the business day today (4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020), until further notice, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Permit requests, applications, or information requests will be accepted by telephone, email, fax, or regular mail only. As always, bill payments can be made on-line, through one’s bank, or regular mail. Please contact the department offering the services you require:
* Administration Office general enquiries, Finance Department ... 902-354-3453
* Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection, Engineering & Works, Planning, Solid Waste Management ... 902-354-3455
* Economic Development, Recreation & Community Development ... 902-354-5741
* Administration; Office Fax: 902-354-7473