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Click here to see the results of the tax sale held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 10 a.m.

 

 

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, August 21, 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.

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August 15, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Volleyball players in the North Queens area can enjoy a game on the newly restored beach volleyball court in Caledonia beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  At the July 9, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a request to install a new beach volleyball court adjacent to the North Queens Aquatic Centre, where a beach volleyball court was built in 1997.  The newly constructed court is now open, and ready for organized programs and recreational use.

“Council is pleased to provide funds to install a new beach volleyball court in Caledonia.  Members of the community requested this municipal recreational space be developed, and with a recent resurgence of interest in the sport in the area, it will be a well-used site in the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “The court will be usable for three seasons of play, and provide residents and visitors in Caledonia and area with another opportunity for outdoor recreation.”

The beach volleyball court was constructed to the guidelines and recommendations of Volleyball Canada.  The minimum size of a beach volleyball court for triples, fours and sixes to compete is an area of 46 feet by 79 feet with a sand depth of 12 to 16 inches, and a permeable liner laid under the playing surface to prevent weeds growing within the playing surface.  Approximately 180 tonnes of appropriate sand was required. Council approved funding of approximately $7,400 plus HST for the costs associated with the rebuilding of the court, funded from Region of Queens Gas Tax fund.  A new net system was purchased by local residents who fundraised in the community for its purchase.

Although the beach volleyball court has just opened, there are already an assortment of activities planned.  Members of the community have plans to run volleyball programs at the new court, and have tournaments planned as well.  Twice a week in August and September, there will be organized pick-up games of volleyball for ages 14 and up, held on Wednesdays from 6 until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 until 5 p.m., beginning Sunday, August 18, 2019.  A volleyball skills development clinic for ages 8 through 13 will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  A 4 on 4 Recreational Volleyball Tournament for ages 14 and up will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019; six teams may register to play.  Another tournament is being planned for September, with the date to be announced.  For information on the tournaments, pick-up volleyball games or the volleyball skills development clinic, please contact Sheila Apostolofski at 902-682-7222.

The beach volleyball court is located at 9708 Highway 8, Caledonia, NS, beside the North Queens Aquatic Centre.

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A Request For Proposals is issued for the operation and management of Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre in Liverpool, NS. Proposals are invited until 2pm, Friday August 30, 2019. Please see attached link for full details:  RFP OperateTHACC 08 2019

Top female players to gather in Nova Scotia to begin season-long road to 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro

 CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team will kick off the 2019-20 season on the East Coast when it heads to Liverpool, N.S., for the annual BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, a training camp aimed at helping develop and evaluate the nation’s top female players.

The camp, set for Sept. 9-15 at the Queens Place Emera Centre, will see players split into two teams – Red and White – for a series of on- and off-ice sessions, including two intrasquad games and two match-ups against local junior hockey clubs over their seven-day stay on the South Shore.

“Council and residents of the Region of Queens Municipality are thrilled that Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team have selected the Queens Place Emera Centre to host the annual Fall Festival,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Hockey fans in the region and across Nova Scotia are excited for the opportunity to watch the top female hockey players in the country, and we look forward to attending the games as the team prepares for the upcoming season.”

The roster for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, will be announced in the coming weeks, but fans can reserve their spot to watch Team Canada by purchasing a ticket package for $20 plus fees and taxes at TicketPro.ca or the Queens Place Emera Centre box office. The package includes one ticket to each of the four games, which run from Sept. 11-14.

“We are excited to bring Canada’s National Women’s Team to the community of Liverpool for seven days of highly-competitive games and practices, and to provide young hockey fans the chance to watch their role models at an affordable price,” said Ryan Robins, director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “This camp will provide fans in Liverpool and surrounding communities the opportunity to watch the top female players in Canada as they begin for the road to the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Nova Scotia next spring.”

All practices are free and open for the public to attend. Media accreditation for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, can be requested online.

“Hockey Nova Scotia continues to focus on the growth and development of the game, and providing opportunities for young girls to play hockey,” said Amy Walsh, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled that Canada’s National Women’s Team is coming to Nova Scotia as we believe this is just one of the many initiatives in the 2019-20 season that will help put female hockey in Nova Scotia in a great place moving forward.”

Halifax and Truro, N.S., will host the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship from March 31-April 10. Canada’s National Women’s Team will look to capture its first world championship gold medal since 2012, and first on home ice since 2007 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man.

Canada’s National Women’s Team has won 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship 10 times, in addition to eight silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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 August 12, 2019:  As noted last week, the Municipality has confirmed that after a review of the tidal wetland by an independent wetlands and environmental expert that the lands adjacent to Hank Snow Museum are not the cause of the extreme odour during certain times of the day over the past several weeks. 

During the past week, de-sludging of the primary lagoon cell as part of the South Queens Sewer Treatment Facility in Liverpool continued without any delay or interruption. This process is expected to be completed by the end of this week. When completed, odour associated with the Sewage Treatment Plant will be reduced significantly.

Additionally, air quality testing was performed on July 16, 2019, which included all of Liverpool and parts of Brooklyn and Milton. The tests performed collected air quality along streets at short intervals and tested for both hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4) gases. While there are no legislated or regulatory parameters around methane gas levels, all of the test samples showed levels that were insignificant. Methane is odorless and non-toxic to humans.

The tests for hydrogen sulfide showed elevated levels at three points around the actual sewage lagoons on Hank Snow Drive with several other locations around the lagoon showing levels under provincial regulatory levels. No areas of Liverpool, Brooklyn, or Milton outside of the lagoon cells showed any levels of H2S above the guideline limit of 3 parts per million in an hour (3 pphm/hr). The average concentration reading for all three communities was .027 pphm/hr with many points showing 0, including areas just outside the sewage lagoons. The tests were conducted by an independent agency that specializes in monitoring emissions and their location. 

Additionally, municipal staff carried out further testing along Milton Road, Liverpool, on July 31, 2019. This testing took place at two manhole locations during two different pumping cycles where a gas detector was used to detect for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane gas (CH4). At one and two foot measurements above both manhole locations, no gases were detected.

There will be a special announcement by Hockey Canada at Queens Place Emera Centre on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.  All are invited to attend and hear the news in person.  For those unable to be there in person, follow Queens Place Emera Centre on facebook and see the announcement on Facebook Live.

 

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August 5, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  As many of our residents are aware,  an odour has been occurring at various times near Liverpool, Bristol Avenue, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. The prevailing wind direction generally dissipates odour however; certain wind directions can result in a noticeable odour in various areas of the community, particularly near Milton Road and along Main Street leading towards Fort Point.

Our waste water treatment facility and aerated lagoons were constructed in 2001 with a projected dredge cycle of from 25 to 30 years. It was determined through expert opinion that while dredging was premature at 18 years of operation, de-sludging of the primary lagoon should occur as soon as possible due to the existing odour issue.

The contractor who performs de-sludging work is currently on site. Work began a week and a half ago, but was delayed by a week because of an equipment breakdown last week. We understand that de-sludging took place over this past weekend and will continue again starting tomorrow. While we have been advised by the contractor that this de-sludging process is odourless, residents will still smell the odour based on prevailing wind directions from the lagoon area. We are proceeding to have this work carried out by the contractor as quickly as possible. 

As part of the ongoing evidence-based decision making process used by the Municipality to rule out other potential sources of the odour in the Liverpool area, a review of the tidal wetland along Hank Snow Drive was commissioned and this review took place on July 5, 2019, by a wetlands and environmental specialists company. The summary of that report concluded that “there is no visible impairment, loss of function, or other sign of wetland distress that would indicate that the marsh is the cause of the prolonged, persistent and intense odour that the community has been experiencing. Therefore other potential sources of odour should be investigated.”

July 22, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   An odour has been occurring at various times near Liverpool, Bristol Avenue, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. Region employees continue to proactively consult with experts to locate causes of the odour and pursue potential solutions. The Municipal Sewage Treatment facility located on Hank Snow Drive continues to meet all regulatory effluent requirements.

As local wetlands transitioned from winter/spring/summer conditions, it became more evident that the odour was increasing from the RQM facility, and decreasing from the wetlands, especially during the recent week of warm sunny weather. It is expected that the water in the primary lagoon experienced a roll over in recent weeks, significantly contributing to the odour. The prevailing wind direction generally dissipates odour, however certain wind directions and humidity levels can result in a noticeable odour in various areas of the community.  It should be noted that the New Minas area also experienced a similar odour issue this spring. While the wastewater lagoon odour is not pleasant, as in other locations, it is not indicated to be a health hazard.

Proactive efforts in past weeks included the flushing of our sewage lines from Milton, as well as on Bristol Avenue, to the sewage treatment plant. Skimming of the surface of the primary cell at the sewage treatment facility was completed to remove any fats or oils which may be present, which could potentially generate an odour.

The RQM Waste Water treatment facility and aerated lagoons were constructed in 2001 with a projected dredge cycle of from 25 to 30 years. It was determined through expert opinion that while dredging was premature at 18 years of operation, de-sludging should occur as soon as possible due to the existing odour issue. The future dredging cycle for the primary lagoon will be significantly extended after the de-sludging process is completed. The sewage treatment facility currently operates at less than 30% of its design capacity.

The contractor who performs de-sludging work was fully obligated with existing contracts, and there is limited availability for this specialized service to de-sludge the primary lagoon through their odourless process. This company is currently on site to begin the de-sludging operation this week. This projected expenditure of $150,000 was approved by Council, with actual dredging being expected to require two weeks to complete.

Other professionals in their specific fields are in the process of preparing research reports and staff will continue to research and consult with experts in their areas of expertise.

Update #4: Odour near Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, Route #3 Highway to Brooklyn

July 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   An odour is occurring at various times near Liverpool, Bristol Avenue, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. Region employees continue to proactively consult with experts to locate causes of the odour and pursue potential solutions. The Municipal Sewage Treatment facility located on Hank Snow Drive continues to meet all regulatory effluent requirements.

As local wetlands transitioned from winter/spring/summer conditions, it became more evident that the odour was increasing from the RQM facility, and decreasing from the wetlands, especially during the recent week of warm sunny weather. The prevailing wind direction generally dissipates odour, however certain wind direction and humidity levels can result in a noticeable odour in various areas of the community.  It should be noted that the New Minas area also experienced a similar odour issue.

Proactive efforts over past weeks have included the flushing of our sewage lines from Milton, as well as on Bristol Avenue, to the sewage treatment plant. Skimming of the surface of the primary cell at the sewage treatment facility was completed to remove any fats or oils which may be present, which could potentially generate an odour.

The RQM Waste Water treatment facility and aerated lagoons were constructed in 2001 with a projected dredge cycle of from 25 to 30 years. It was determined through expert opinion that while dredging was premature at 18 years of operation, de-sludging should occur as soon as possible due to the existing odour issue. The future dredging cycle for the primary lagoon will be significantly extended after the de-sludging process is completed.

The contractor who performs this work was fully obligated with existing contracts, and there is limited availability for this specialized service. That contractor was graciously willing to endeavour to accommodate us as soon as possible due to RQM staff requests, to be able to de-sludge the primary lagoon through their odourless process. This company is expected to begin staging equipment next week at the lagoon site to prepare for the de-sludging operation. The primary lagoon presently emits a significant odour. The projected expenditure is $150,000, which was approved at the Regular Council meeting this week on July 9, 2019, with actual dredging being expected to take two weeks to complete.

Staff will continue to research and consult with experts in their areas of expertise, to receive feedback and potential recommendations toward further mitigation solutions. Activities will also continue to occur towards ruling out potential causes and seek odour solutions, as timely as possible.

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July 5, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   Region of Queens Municipality continues to receive inquiries from the public regarding an odour at various times near Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. Region representatives continue to proactively consult with experts to try to determine the cause of the odour, and to pursue a solution. The Municipal Sewage Treatment facility located on Hank Snow Drive continues to meet all regulatory effluent requirements. The local odour is suspected to be from the marsh area located behind the businesses on the seaward side of Bristol Avenue and Hwy. #3 to Brooklyn, the tidal shoreline principally at low tide, and the operating sewage treatment facility.  The prevailing wind direction generally dissipates odour, however certain wind direction and humidity levels can result in noticeable odour levels.  It should be noted that the Kentville/New Minas area is also experiencing a similar odour issue.

Proactive efforts over past weeks have included the flushing of our sewage lines from Milton, as well as on Bristol Avenue, to the sewage treatment plant. Skimming of the surface of the primary cell was completed early this week and last week to remove any fats or oils which may be present, which could potentially generate an odour.

It should be noted that residents outside of local sewer serviced areas have contractors pump out their septic tanks every several years, and those contractors utilize the Septage Receiving station on a regular basis, with that waste being processed by the sewer treatment plant. No person is known to be dumping raw sewage into the wetland area and any stories to that effect are deemed to be untrue.

The Region also removes rainfall collected in our second generation landfill cells, with that leachate being hauled to the Receiving station on a daily basis. This is the large truck that residents may witness entering and exiting the sewer treatment facility several times a day, all year long.

Additionally, an expert who was consulted has advised that although the dredge cycle for sludge in the lagoons was projected to be approximately 25 to 30 years, and de-sludging would be premature, it may be beneficial to de-sludge the primary cell in view of recent odour concerns. A recommendation will be taken to the upcoming Council meeting to be held on July 9th to approve the hiring of a contractor, at the earliest opportunity, to perform this de-sludging by means of a self-contained odourless process. The estimated cost for this work is $150,000 and is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Staff will continue to research and consult with experts in their areas of expertise. Activities will occur towards ruling out potential causes and seek solutions, as timely as possible.