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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.

Pine Grove Park

There will be a Special meeting of Region of Queens Council held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Region's Council Chambers, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool.  The purpose of this meeting is to deal with an in-camera item under section 22(c) of the Municipal Government Act.  An agenda has been posted on this website.

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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Winter weather conditions are here, and with the colder temperatures, it is time to start thinking about snow - winter parking are now in effect.


Motorists are reminded that Winter Parking restrictions are now in place. Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act states that vehicles may not park or interfere in any way with snow removal or sanding/salting, and that those who do, may be towed at the owners expense.


When removing snow from your property, remember that snow may not be shoveled or plowed onto streets or sidewalks (place it elsewhere on the property it was removed from, or haul it away, and dump in an appropriate location), as per Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, Province of NS.

Questions? Call Municipal Bylaw Enforcement at (902) 354-3455 or Region of Queens Municipality's Traffic Authority at (902) 354-3453.

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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

 

 

The Seventh Council of Region of Queens Municipality will officially be installed at the Swearing In Ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 pm.  The ceremony will be held in Council Chamber, at Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Building, and will be streamed live on the Municipality’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide our residents with the ability to see their newly elected Mayor and Councillors be sworn in and begin their term on Council.  In person attendance at the ceremony is limited to Council members, their guests, and Municipal staff who take part in the Swearing In Ceremony.  In the past, the ceremony was traditionally a public event, however, this is not possible this year, due to indoor gathering limits and physical distancing protocols in effect by Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Please tune in at 7 pm, October 29,  to watch your new Mayor and Councillors be sworn in:

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2q2i7QSvBDBqS38uCApvQ?view_as=subscriber

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RegionofQueens  

Twitter https://twitter.com/RegionofQueens

2020 Invitation Swearing in Ceremony

October 21, 2020:  Observing wildlife is interesting, but human interactions with wild animals, such as feeding them, can cause problems.  There is an established colony of foxes living in the wooded areas of Beach Meadows Beach. These foxes are wild animals, and we request that people do not feed them. This will cause them to become nuisance animals that pose a hazard to residents, and a dependency on people. Nova Scotia Lands and Forestry’s website notes that  “Foxes are easily habituated to humans, and when they are actively fed by people, their numbers can increase to exceed the carrying capacity of the landscape. This may encourage foxes to den closer to artificial food sources which continues the cycle of dependency on human food. During periods of high population, foxes are also more susceptible to fatal diseases like mange, and rabies. Fatal diseases are nature's way of controlling population levels and quickly spread when fox numbers increase.”   

Learn more about wild foxes and how to keep them safe on the Lands and Forestry website: 

https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/fox.asp

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The Official Results of the 2020 Municipal Election have now been confirmed, as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  Following are the Official Council members for the 2020 - 2024 term in Region of Queens Municipality.

OFFICE CANDIDATES VOTE
TOTAL
 
Mayor

DAGLEY, David B.
FRALIC, Brian G.
MACLEOD, Susan
NORMAN, Darlene (Elected)

845
466
1,106
1,336
 

Councillor, District 1

CHRISTIAN, Scott
MUISE, Kevin (Elected)
SMITH, Tara

181
249
198
 

Councillor, District 2

GIDNEY, Ralph (Elected)
KELLY, Heather

282
152
 

Councillor, District 3

CHARLTON, Maddie (Elected)
JOLLIMORE, Roger

513
173
 

Councillor, District 4

AMIRAULT, Vicki (Elected)
LAWS, Allan
MACLAREN, Dan

314
148
120
 

Councillor, District 5

FANCY, Jack (Elected)
ROBART, Leslie A.

325
154
 

Councillor, District 6

BROWN, David (Elected)
CROFT, Jason

 363
234
 

Councillor, District 7

 HAWKES, Carl (Elected)
JOHNSON, Gil

191
155
 

October 16, 2020: Region of Queens Municipality’s Council and staff extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of Evelyn Lockwood, who passed away on October 15, 2020.  Evelyn Lockwood lived a life of community service, devoting 15 years as a Councillor with Municipality of Queens, and as Deputy Warden.  Among her many notable accomplishments were serving as Chair of the committee responsible for construction of Queens Manor, and also as Chair of the committee that coordinated renovations of Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility.  Well known throughout Queens, she was active in many community organizations, and also ran the Mill Village General Store in the 1970s, with her husband Hugh.

Flags at Region of Queens Municipality will be lowered to half mast today through to end of day Thursday, October 22 as per Policy #84: Flag Flying, which notes this level of respect be given to former Municipal Councillors.

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October 9, 2020, Liverpool, NS:  In a court decision released today, Justice Diane Rowe upheld the Municipality’s interpretation of its Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw that prohibits multiple recreational vehicles (RV’s) and/or travel trailers on a property.

For more than a year, there has been an ongoing dispute between the Municipality and owners of a property in Labelle, Queens County, concerning whether or not they are allowed to use the property for multiple RV’s. Evidence presented before the court earlier this week noted that there have been times when more than 5 RV’s have been on the property in question leading the Municipality to enforce the provisions of its Land Use Bylaw which prohibit campgrounds in the Seasonal (R7) Zone.  

As a result of today’s decision, the Municipality will be obtaining an Order of the Court requiring removal of offending RV’s and travel trailers within 15 days of the date of the Order and restraining the owners from a repetition of the offence in the future.