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April 14, 2021: On April 18 & 19, 2021, Region of Queens Municipality will fly the flags at the Administration Building and Queens Place Emera Centre at half mast to honour and remember the 22 Nova Scotians killed on these dates one year ago. The Province of Nova Scotia has advised it will be lowering flags to half mast at all provincial government buildings and institutions, and encourages citizens, community organizations and businesses to lower their flags in remembrance of this tragedy. Others may choose to place a flag in their window to show support and remembrance.

A service of remembrance is being organized by Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society. Those who wish to watch the service may watch on the Society’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/162084731778930. The service of remembrance will also be livestreamed by news media.

A province-wide moment of silence will be observed at 3 p.m. on April 18, coinciding with the start of the memorial ceremony. In a media release issued by the province, Premier Rankin encouraged all Nova Scotians to pause at this time for two minutes to remember and honour those most impacted by the events of April 2020.

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The New release from the Nova Scotia Government is online: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210412001

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April 9, 2021: Flags at Region of Queens Municipality's Administration building and Queens Place Emera Centre have been lowered to half mast in respect for the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  Flags will remain at half mast until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) . The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021, at 99 years of age. He was the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Spring Clean-up

April 19 to April 23, 2021

and April 26 to April 30, 2021

This year’s SPRING CLEAN-UP COLLECTION will be held during the weeks of April 19 to April 23, 2021 and April 26 to April 30, 2021 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
902-354-3455

Customers are advised that the Water Department will be flushing watermains during the period of Monday, April 19, 2021 to Friday, April 23, 2021.  Following are the dates, locations and approximate times the flushing will be carried out:

Monday, April 19, 2021                       West of Union Street, Main Street and Streets off Main

                                                            2:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021                      West of Union Street, Old Port Mouton Road, Industrial 

                                                            Mall, Payzant Street, Main Street east of Union Street

                                                            2:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021                East of Union Street, Church Street, Waterloo Street,

                                                            Crowell Street, Barss Street, College Street

                                                            2:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2021                     Henry Hensey Drive, Wentworth Street, Stenpro Area,

                                                            Bristol Avenue, Mersey Avenue, Old Falls Road, Milton

                                                            Road East, Highway #3 in Brooklyn, Markland Avenue,

                                                            Brooklyn Shore Road

                                                            2:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Friday, April 23, 2021                          East of Union Street, Holland Drive, School Street,

                                                            Lower end of Waterloo Street          

                                                            2:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Throughout the week, customers within the entire water system will generally experience loss of water pressure and discolouration of water until all the flushing is completed.  This discoloured water should return to normal within a few days after flushing.  Customers should refrain from using water when flushing is being undertaken in their area.  Also customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually.  If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering and Works Department at 902-354-3455 during working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the pager at 902-354-4749 after hours.

The Region of Queens apologizes for any inconvenience experienced by a customer and your cooperation and understanding are appreciated during this flushing period.

Adam Grant, P. Eng.

Director of Engineering and Public Works

March 24, 2021; Liverpool, NS: Fort Point Lighthouse, the third oldest standing lighthouse in Nova Scotia, will reopen this season under new management. At the March 23, 2021 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting, a motion approved the proposal submitted by Queens County Museum for the seasonal operation of Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for a three year period, beginning in spring 2021. It has been a visitor attraction site for approximately 30 years. A popular local attraction steeped in history, it has stood at the mouth of the Mersey River since 1855, and was decommissioned in 1989. The Region of Queens Municipality opened it seasonally as an attraction, enabling the public to have the unique experience of being able to go inside a lighthouse, access the light, and turn the hand crank to sound the fog horn.


“It will be exciting to see the new direction that Queens County Museum takes Fort Point Lighthouse. Fort Point will be an excellent location for Queens County Museum to showcase the cultural and seafaring history of our Region,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


“On behalf of our Board and Staff, we can't tell you how thrilled we are, the museum now having the privilege of running this iconic landmark, Fort Point Lighthouse. She will reopen this summer as an Interpretive Centre featuring the history of the lighthouse and the colonial history of the site plus a few other surprises. Stay tuned.....and again many thanks,” said Linda Rafuse, Director of Queens County Museum and Perkins House.


A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of Fort Point Lighthouse was issued on January 27, 2021 for the seasonal operation of Fort Point Lighthouse as a visitor attraction site for a three year term to starting in spring of 2021.
Fort Point Lighthouse was operated by Lanes Privateer Inn for four seasons (June through mid-October, 2017 through 2020), drawing approximately 5,850 visitors per season, excluding the 2020 visitor season which was impacted by travel restrictions resulting from the pandemic.

Thursday, March 4, 2021; Liverpool, NS:  Eligible voters in Region of Queens Municipality’s Assessment District #7 voted in opposition to the area rate request made by Seaside Recreation and Community Centre. On March 3, 2021, eligible voters in the communities of Beach Meadows, Eagle Head, East Berlin, West Berlin, and Port Medway were given an opportunity to vote on a request from Seaside Recreation and Community Centre Association to levy a four cent per $100 of assessment on all assessment accounts in Assessment District 7 beginning in 2021 for five years. The vote is not binding.

The total voter turnout was 223 people, with 30 Yes votes, 192 No votes, and 1 rejected and spoiled ballot. 

“Community halls are the backbone of the 53 communities within Queens and they require support from those who live within their area.  Volunteers are required to assume the responsibilities as board and committee members.  Help is also needed to organize, work at and attend events and fundraisers. The donation of money, when one is able, is also important.  All of these things are required to keep any community hall operational,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Yesterday saw a plea for help from the board of Seaside Centre, as illustrated by their request for an area rate. While the outcome of the vote was not what the group wished for, it is a clear indication that people in the area are unwilling to use area rates as a method to keep this hall operating.  Now that it is known what challenges Seaside faces, it is my hope that people in the community who do believe in the benefits of maintaining a community centre will make themselves known. Seaside Centre is a beautiful community centre that has seen intensive improvements since its day as “District #7 Consolidated School” thanks to the hard work of present and past volunteers.  Seaside is at a crucial point and needs your help.”

The next step of Seaside Recreation and Community Centre’s request is to bring the matter before Council for discussion and a decision, prior to the 2021 -2022 Municipal budgets being set.

February 24, 2021; Liverpool, NS: Much like the effect that a stone cast on water makes, causing ripples that extend beyond the point of impact, the actions of volunteers are felt throughout the community. At the February 23, 2021 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, two Volunteers of the Year were selected to represent Queens County, and will receive the Provincial Volunteer Award. Kendra Shot of Hunts Point, and Ron Shupe of Liverpool, were selected from nine Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative nominations (representing 12 individuals) received over the past year; there were several volunteers who were nominated together in one nomination as they do much of their volunteer work together. Each year, Council chooses two Volunteers of the Year for the Region of Queens who will receive an award at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony held near Volunteer Week in April. The Provincial Volunteer Award is a once in a lifetime award. , and the Province of Nova Scotia honours approximately 70 volunteers from across Nova Scotia each year for their commitment and dedication to community life. The ceremony is being held virtually this year, on April 26, 2021, in Halifax. National Volunteer Week takes places April 18 – 24, 2021.


“Our volunteers are one of our greatest assets in Queens County, and recognition of their work and how they contribute to life in Queens County is important,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Congratulations and thank you to Kendra and Ron, and to all the nominees.”


The Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative is a local volunteer recognition 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. The nominations are accepted all year long, and those nominated between February of the previous year and January 31 of the current year are eligible for selection as Volunteer of the Year, and the Provincial Volunteer Award.


From February 2020 through to January 31, 2021, nine nominations were received for the Ripple Effect, representing 12 individuals. Those nominated were Ella Eddy, Liverpool and Ellie Hartlen, Liverpool (nominated together); Mike Ferguson, Milton; Brian Godfrey, Brooklyn; James and Tanya Grant, Milton ((nominated together); Cathie Pearl-Wentzell, Brooklyn; Tracy Samuels, Liverpool; Kendra Shot, Hunts Point; Ron Shupe, Liverpool; and Carly Smith, Mill Village and Hannah Whynot, Liverpool (nominated together).


“It would be wonderful to have all of the volunteers nominated receive the provincial award, however we are limited to only two per year. All of our volunteers are valued, and it’s impossible to rate one contribution over another, so to be fair, we draw two names randomly from the nominees. We are grateful to all the volunteers we have in Queens, and thank the residents who nominated the volunteers for the Ripple Effect, making all aware of the effect they make in the community,” said Norman.


Photos and biographies of Ripple Effect nominees, along with a downloadable nomination form are posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/volunteering.

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Update, January 20, 2021, 8:45 a.m.:  Mayor Norman has recorded a video message regarding painted rocks at Pine Grove Park.  Effective today, placing of painted rocks may resume at Pine Grove park, however, all other materials and items nailed to trees will be removed as found moving forward.

January 19, 2021: Over the past year, an increasing number of decorative items have been brought into Pine Grove Park by members of the public.  While some consider these items an added feature of the park, others feel they detract from the pristine natural setting.  While we appreciated the time and creativity of people,Municipal staff today removed the items. 

Pine Grove Park is a Municipal park and trail system used by thousands of people each year.  The Municipality feels it is important to maintain the natural integrity of the park and ensure it remains a pristine natural site for people to enjoy for many years to come.

We encourage you to continue to visit Pine Grove Park, and while you are there, remember to take only photographs, make only memories and leave no trace.

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January 12, 2021; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Council has appointed Adam Grant, P. Eng., as the Municipality’s new Director of Engineering and Public Works, effective immediately, at the January 12, 2021 Regular Council meeting. Grant had been working in the position in an acting capacity since the retirement of the previous Director, Brad Rowter, in December 2020. Hired in 2007 as Assistant Director of Engineering and Public Works, Grant has a strong comprehension of Municipal infrastructure, management experience working with multi-disciplined teams, and has led complex capital works projects in Queens.


“We are pleased to have Adam take on this important role with Region of Queens Municipality. With 14 years’ experience as an Engineer with the Municipality, we are confident Adam can lead the Municipality in our continued growth and continue to advance important infrastructure projects,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.


As Director of Engineering & Public Works, Grant will be responsible for overseeing the management, maintenance and development of municipal infrastructure two sewer systems, water system, Queens Solid Waste Management Facility and Materials Recovery Facility, streets in Liverpool, parks and green spaces throughout Queens County, as well as the operational components of Queens Place Emera Centre.

December 22, 2020, Liverpool, NS: From parks to parking, from waste management to water treatment, and from residential care to recreational activities, Region of Queens Municipality’s skilled workforce maintains many areas important to the lives of Queens County residents and visitors. Milestone achievements were recognized with Years of Service Awards at the Region of Queens Municipality’s December 22, 2020 Regular Council meeting.

“Council is proud to recognize these milestones in the careers of staff, and celebrate the skills, commitment and high level of customer service they provide to the Municipality,” said Mayor Darlene Norman. “Region of Queens Municipality has a workforce who takes great pride in what they do, and show their commitment to public service. All of these employees are positive ambassadors of Council and the Region of Queens, and are much appreciated and respected by Council and the residents of the Region.”

Twenty employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years of service; those employees represent 265 years of employment cumulatively. Staff who have reached five years of employment include Steve Kennedy, John Nickerson, and Christine Watson. Ten year milestones were reached by Samantha Frail, Rachel Joudrey, KayLee Oickle, James Rhyno, Eugene Wamboldt, Phillip Whynot, and Larry D. Whynot. Those with 15 years of employment are Tracy Baker, Melvin Carver, Jeff Cunningham, Fred Murphy, Steve Parnell, and Randy Rapp. David Henderson, Scott LeBlanc, and Paulette Smith were recognized for 20 years of work, and with a career

of 30 years so far, Jane Lawson, was given her award.

The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and include departments of Planning, Recreation & Healthy Communities, Finance, Economic Development, and Engineering & Public Works, as well as parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the Municipal landfill and recycling facility, water treatment facility, sewage treatment facility, and Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility. Service Awards are presented each year in December 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.

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November 24, 2020; Liverpool, NS: Provincial funds received by Region of Queens Municipality will benefit local public transit organization Queens County Transit. At the November 24, 2020 Regular Council meeting, Region of Queens Municipal Council approved a motion to transfer $25,674 to Queens County Transit as required by Nova Scotia Safe Re-Start Agreement for municipalities.


“The effects of the pandemic have been felt here in Queens and across the province, and we are grateful to Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH) for the funding Region of Queens Municipality has received. Queens County Transit has been a valued service for many of our residents, providing deliveries of needed supplies during business closures, and a safe method of transport to appointments and shopping once restrictions were lifted,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.


DMAH recently announced that they would provide funding to all municipalities in Nova Scotia through its provincial Safe re-Start Agreement funding, which it received from the federal government. The allocation for Region of Queens Municipality was $590,735, with the intent of the funding to help municipalities bridge the COVID-19 lockdown of many municipal operations and services. Region of Queens Municipality’s largest financial loss was at Queens Place Emera Centre, with a projected financial loss of an estimated $300,000 in non budgeted revenue, as of the end of summer.

In addition to the $25,674 provided to local transit as mandated by DMHA, Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) and Association of Municipal Administrators (AMANS) will receive money from Queens. These two groups have been advocating for municipal units across Nova Scotia at the provincial and federal level for funding support to help mitigate the costs and lost revenues resulting from the pandemic. AMANS and NSFM have sent a letter of request to each municipality in Nova Scotia, requesting a small portion of the funds to help them remain solvent in these trying times. The amount requested and approved by Region of Queens’ Council was $2,020.15, to be equally divided between the two organizations.


The remaining $563,016 received from the Safe Re-Start program will be used by the Municipality to balance an expected deficit in its 2020/2021 annual operating budget, mainly due to loss revenue from Queens Place Emera Centre and other pandemic related revenue shortfalls and increased operating expenses related to COVID-19.

October 29, 2020; Liverpool, NS:  The seventh Council of the Region of Queens Municipality officially took office at a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  The Swearing in ceremony is part of the first Council meeting of the newly elected Council, and once they have taken the oath of office, they become members of the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council. 

Darlene Norman was sworn in as the Region of Queens Municipality’s seventh Mayor, along with councillors in seven districts during the ceremony.  The 2020 – 2024 Council includes Mayor Darlene Norman, District 1 Councillor Kevin Muise, District 2 Councillor Ralph Gidney, District 3 Councillor Maddie Charlton, District 4 Councillor Vicki Amirault, District 5 Councillor Jack Fancy, District 6 Councillor David Brown, and District 7 Councillor Carl Hawkes.

Following the swearing in of the Council members, the first order of business approved by Council was the election of the Deputy Mayor.  Councillor Muise, District 1, and Councillor Fancy, District 5, were nominated by their peers, and Councillor Muise was elected by a majority vote to be Deputy Mayor.  The term of office for Deputy Mayor is two years, starting immediately and expiring on October 31, 2022, at which time, Council will take nominations for the position to serve in the position through to the end of their term in 2024.

History was made for Region of Queens Municipality for many reasons during the Swearing in ceremony. It was the first time in Region of Queens Municipality’s 24 year history that the Oath of Office was taken by a person under the age of 30. Councillor Maddie Charlton has that distinction.  Secondly, it was the first time for the Municipality that the Council Oath of Office was taken by three females at one swearing-in ceremony. Thirdly, the Mayor’s Oath of Office was taken for the first time by a female member of Region of Queens Municipality.  Her photograph will join the wall of photographs on display in Council Chamber which features every Mayor and Warden from the former Town of Liverpool, Municipality of the County of Queens, and Region of Queens Municipality. The fourth historic first is that Mayor Norman is the first female person in the history of Queens County dating back to 1879, or 141 years ago, to be installed as its Mayor, and her presence on that wall will forever be a reminder to young girls in the future that she was a trailblazer, and they can be too.

In adherence to Public Health protocols for COVID-19, attendance at the Special Council meeting was limited to members of Council and their family members.  It was live-streamed on the Municipality’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to enable the public to be a part of this occasion which marked the beginning of the four year term of the seventh Council for Region of Queens Municipality.

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2020-2-24 Region of Queens Municipal Council

Front row:  Councillor Maddie Charlton - District 3, Mayor Darlene Norman, Councillor Vicki Amirault - District 4

Back Row: Councillor Ralph Gidney - District 2, Councillor Carl Hawkes - District 7, Councillor David Brown - District 6, Deputy Mayor Kevin Muise - District 1, Councillor Jack Fancy - District 5

Mayor Norman

Mayor Darlene Norman

 

Deputy Mayor Kevin Muise

Deputy Mayor Kevin Muise