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July 10, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Homes and public facilities in Liverpool, NS date back centuries, and at the July 10, 2018 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting, motions were approved to preserve and recognize two buildings for their historic significance in the community.


The Heritage Advisory Committee of the Region of Queens Municipality met on June 14, 2018 to discuss the requests for Heritage designations. The owners of the property located at 547 Main Street, Liverpool, NS submitted an application to have their property designated under the municipal register of heritage properties. The dwelling was constructed between 1760 and 1762 on land that was part of the original Town plot, and granted to Captain John West. It is known locally as the John and Phebe West House (West’s Tavern), and the portion of the house containing the original Gambrel-roofed construction is thought to be one of the oldest structures in Liverpool. The architectural style of Gambrel-roofed homes is rare, and the home is among approximately seven in Nova Scotia. The property received provincial heritage designation in 2012. Council served Notice of Recommendation upon the owners of 547 Main Street, Liverpool, and on August 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS, will sit to hear any comments and/or concerns from the owners regarding the registration.


A letter of request was received from the Queens County Museum requesting that the Region of Queens Municipality, as owners of the building, consider making application to have the Liverpool Court House designated as a Place of National Historic Significance. Council approved a motion in support of this recommendation, and requested staff begin the application, which once submitted, may take up to two years to process by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The Court House was recognized for its historical significance with a provincial heritage designation in 2001. The Court House was built in 1854 by George W. Boehner and was designed by William G. Hammond; it is considered an excellent example of Greek Revival temple style architecture. The Court House has been home to the Queens Museum of Justice since 2017.
Both properties are recognized for their historical significance through listings on Canada’s Historic Places website, which is a Federal, Provincial and Territorial collaboration, featuring historic buildings across the country.

June 26, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Succession planning and asset management are important components of running a non-profit organization, and the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 is making long term plans for the future of the Legion in Liverpool. A motion was approved at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting on June 26, 2018 in which the Region of Queens agreed to consider first right of acceptance/refusal for the lands and buildings of the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 if at some point in the future the membership gives up its Charter.


“We’ve met with members of the Executive Committee of the Mersey Branch Legion who advised Region of Queens’ CAO and me that, while the Legion currently has no plans to close, declining membership and an aging volunteer base are factors for them to consider when planning for the future of the Legion. It is wise of them to take steps now to ensure that the assets of their organizations will continue to benefit the citizens of Queens in the future,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


“Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #038 is very pleased that the Region of Queens Municipality has agreed to accept our land and building when we can no longer retain our charter. This action will perpetuate our mission to provide for Veterans, Seniors and Youth and to provide an asset for the community. This land and building was provided by the communities’ Veterans and members and we are pleased to know that it will remain a community asset,” said William Cox, Branch Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038.


The Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 is a non-profit organization located at 43 Henry Hensey Drive in Liverpool. The Mersey Branch #038 Legion owns and operates the building and land, and the agreement as approved and subsequently incorporated into their by-laws, would grant the Region of Queens Municipality the opportunity to obtain ownership of the building and land if it wished in the event that the Legion surrenders its Charter in the future. The Mersey Branch #038 Legion will submit a ratified by-law to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Provincial Command for approval. The amended by-law was approved by both the Executive Committee and at a General Meeting of the Mersey Branch Legion.

Region of Queens Municipality’s application to the  Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program, coordinated by Municipal Affairs Nova Scotia, one of only four approved in the province.  Read the details in the link

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20180622005

May 31, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Top ranked competitors from across Canada and Europe will converge on Liverpool, Nova Scotia on August 25 - 26, 2018 for the inaugural Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships. The event, the first national championship in Lumberjack sports to be held in Nova Scotia, will be held in Liverpool’s Centennial Park, overlooking the Mersey River, coordinated by North Nova Lumberjacks Society.


“Queens County has a rich forestry history, and Council is pleased to welcome Canadian and international participants as they compete for top honours in axe throwing on August 25 -26, 2018 in Centennial Park, Liverpool, Nova Scotia,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “We are happy to be a sponsor of the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships. Events of this nature build on Queens County’s reputation as a host of unique, interesting, and successful events.”


Approximately 80 competitors are expected to take part in the two day competition, projected to draw approximately 1,000 daily spectators. Among the challengers are 10-15 European competitors, including World ranked athletes from Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Prizes will be awarded in men’s and women’s divisions.


“We are thrilled to be hosting this historical event and showcasing our beautiful province to axe throwers from all over the world. We are grateful to the community of Liverpool and the Region of Queens Municipality for their enthusiasm and support and look forward to hosting an exciting community event in August,” said Ryan McIntyre, President and Founder of North Nova Lumberjacks Society.


North Nova Lumberjacks Society successfully hosted Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships in 2016 and 2017, which were nationally televised. Promoting the sport of Lumberjack skills and its athletes, hosting elite level competitions, promoting the community, and contributing to the local economy through attracting spectators and competitors are the values of North Nova Lumberjack Society. Further information about the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships is available online: www.novalumberjacks.com.

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Pictured in the photo (left to right): Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley; Ryan McIntyre, President and Founder of the North Nova Lumberjacks Society; and Steve Burns, Region of Queens Municipality’s Manager: Events, Promotions & Sponsorship in Centennial Park, on Liverpool’s waterfront, where the inaugural Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships will take place on August 25 – 26, 2018.

May 28, 2018; Liverpool, NS: National Health and Fitness Day is being celebrated on June 2, 2018 in communities across Canada, with a variety of activities planned to encourage people to be active. Senator Nancy Greene Raine (retired), Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Olympic gold and silver medalist, and one the best known names in Canadian skiing, will be taking part in National Health and Fitness Day events in the Region of Queens Municipality to mark the occasion. Greene Raine will join Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley for a Community Family Walk at Pine Grove Park in Milton at 4 p.m. She will also make an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark during the “Skateboarding Fundamentals” session at approximately 3 p.m., and will take part in the 3:15 p.m. Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre.

“We’re pleased that Nancy Greene Raine is able to take part in several of our National Health and Fitness Day activities in Queens County and embrace our local hospitality. This a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to Queens to meet a Canadian skiing legend, a two time Olympic medal winner and an inspirational athlete who is a role model to many for leading a healthy active lifestyle,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

The Community Family Walk begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Pine Grove Park, 44 Hwy.8, Milton, NS. Greene Raine and Dagley will lead the walk through the trail system at Pine Grove. The walk is approximately 2 kilometers on groomed trail surfaces, amidst stands of century old white pine trees, with plantings of azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons in various stages of blooming. The public are encouraged to attend and enjoy a walk with Greene Raine, a Canadian skiing icon. The Community Family Walk is a rain or shine event; participants should dress for the weather. Earlier in the day, she will be making an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark for a “Skateboarding Fundamentals” workshop at approximately 3 p.m. The Mersey Skatepark is located at 72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS. Greene Raine is also planning to take part in a Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, beginning at 3:15 p.m.

In her role as a Senator for British Columbia, Greene Raine was and continues to be an active promoter of National Health and Fitness Day since the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, became law in December 2014. Greene Raine is known throughout Canada and around the world for her successful nine year ski racing career, during which she won three U.S. Championship titles and nine Canadian titles; a silver medal in the slalom and a gold in the giant slalom at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France; and a total of 13 World Cup victories in a two year period, the most by any Canadian and still one of the top overall averages today. She retired from ski racing at age 24, but has remained active and involved in the sport over the years, developing Whistler, BC and Sun Peaks near Kamloops, BC as skiing destinations, as well as coaching, advising and serving on committees that promote and support amateur skiing. Greene Raine was a member of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s “Task Force for Sport for Canadians” in 1968, and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2009 , retiring on May 11, 2018, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, her name was added to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1999, is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and along with Catriona Le May Doan, Rick Hanson, Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky, lit the Olympic cauldron at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:   Littering is a concern in communities across Nova Scotia; the Council of Region of Queens Municipality has taken steps to support those who conduct roadside clean ups to reduce roadside litter.  A motion to approve the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program was passed at the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting.  The Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program supports community groups that clean a portion of highway in their community, with a grant of $100 per kilometre, along with the required safety supplies, gloves, and garbage bags.  

“Litter is a concern in every corner of Queens, and there are a number of community organizations that conduct litter clean ups in their areas as a community pride initiative; they have a desire to keep Queens clean and beautiful, and Council appreciates and values those efforts,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Some groups have registered their clean up area with Adopt A Highway, and commit to twice annual litter clean ups.  Other groups are not affiliated with an organized litter removal program, and do clean ups as needed.  Their work to pick up litter makes an impact, and is an example to others.”

An ad hoc litter abatement committee made up of Community members, a few Region of Queens staff, and some Council members, has been working on projects that educate residents about litter and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle.  The ad hoc litter abatement committee brought forward the idea of establishing a program where community organizations could apply to clean up an area, and receive a financial support in return.  The budget implications of the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program are $3,000 for the grants, and an additional $2,500 budgeted to cover the gloves, bags and safety supplies.  

Incorporated non-profit community organizations or groups within Queens are eligible to apply once per fiscal year for funding, and must supply proof of approval from Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for their litters clean up.  Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, at a rate of $100per kilometre, including both sides of the road, to a maximum of $300 per year.  Program guidelines and an application form are available by contacting Scott LeBlanc, Solid Waste Management Clerk at 902-354-3455, and they will also be posted on the Region of Queens website (http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/works/overview ) by May 11, 2018.


May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Volunteers are the backbone of any community, offering wide variety essential and recreational programs.  At the May 8, 2018 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a total of $10,000 to six recreational organizations through the Facility Development Assistance Program.

 
“From roofs to floors, new construction to repairs and renovations, the funding awarded today will help these organizations to offer their programs and services more efficiently, in locations all over Queens.  Council is pleased to support these organizations, and we look forward to seeing the groups continue their great work in our communities,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


The Facility Development Assistance Program offers assistance to community groups in making renovations, construction, or acquisition of facilities for public recreational purposes.  Community groups are required to provide half of the project funding through their own fundraising efforts or though in-kind contributions, and may request up to half of the project budget through a Facility Development Assistance Grant.  One Major category grant is given each year, in the amount of $5,000, to a project with a minimum budget of $10,000.  This year, the Milton Canoe and Camera Club received that funding for their project at their new location; the project involves site work, foundation repair, construction of a storage building with an accessible washroom, new docks, and relocation of their existing boathouse.  The project is estimated to cost a total of $135,906.


Five Regular Category grants were awarded, totaling $5,000.  Queens County Fair Association received $1,250 for their $4,045 project which involves installation of lighting for the playground on the Fairgrounds, exterior plugs to allow for additional programming at the facility, and replacement of stall floors in the horse barn to prevent injury to the animals.  North Brookfield Community Hall will be able to complete a partial roof replacement and exterior painting with the $1,100 they were awarded towards their $3,407 project which will prevent interior damage due to leakage.  Queens County Soccer Association is relocating their summer program to the soccer field on Waterloo Street, Liverpool, and was awarded $950 to purchase and place a storage shed at that location.  Their project has a $3,005 budget.  Queens Archers Association submitted a budget of $2,735.23 to replace the floor in their club house, and received $900 toward that project.  The west side of Hollow Log Rifle & Pistol Association will be resurfaced with vinyl siding as a result of the approval of $800 in support of the organization’s $2,530 project budget.


Facility Development Assistance Grants accept applications each spring, with a deadline in mid-April each year. The guidelines and application forms can be found online at: http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants/facility-development-assistance-program

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Privateer Park and Centennial Park, located on Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s  waterfront are soon to have two significant additions that reflect the areas’ history.  At the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, Council approved a motion to authorize the Terrence “Tiger” Warrington support committee to place its commemorative statue in Privateer Park, Liverpool, NS in June 2018,  and also approved a motion to authorize Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38 to seek out an appropriate field gun for placement in Centennial Park in 2019.

“Queens County has a varied and diverse history, and passionate volunteers with a desire to celebrate the history of the community and our residents.  Council is pleased to approve a prominent location to showcase the statue of Tiger Warrington, a beloved local boxer who reached international fame as a result of his skill,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are also happy to allocate a spot in Centennial Park, across the street from the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38, for placement of a field gun.  Our veterans have served our country, and placement of a field gun will help the public and veterans to remember the sacrifices that were made in pursuit of the freedoms we now enjoy.”

There are limited financial implications resulting from consenting to locations for the statue and field gun; each will require a concrete pad, costing approximately $3,000 each.  The Terrence “Tiger” Warrington support committee intends to reimburse the Region of Queens Municipality for the costs, while there is no funding dedicated to the base for the field gun in the current fiscal budget.  It will be budgeted in the 2019/2020 budget.

 At the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, approval was given for the 2018/2019 Operating, Water Utility and Capital Budgets. 

Click here to read  Mayor Dagley's budget speech , and click the links below to see the planned investments approved to take effect in the Region of Queens this year.

Infrastructure Investments

Investment Readiness

Community Development Investments

Investments in Community Engagement

Investments in Our Local Economy

Investments in Council and Staff

 

Following Region of Queens Municipality's public budget deliberation sessions on March 27, 2018 and April 10, 2018, the following draft documents have been released.  The 2018/2019 Operating, Capital and Water Utility budgets will come to the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipal Council for approval.  The Council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber at the Region of Queens Administration Offices, 249 White Point Rd., Liverpool, NS;  all are welcome to attend.  

Draft Budget Documents:

   Draft 2020 Vision "Strategic Priorities for Growth by Investing in Our Community and People"

  Budget Review Power Point, April 10, 2018

  Draft 2018/2019 Operating and Water Utility Budget, April 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.

  5 Year Capital Investment Plan, 2018 - 2023

 

 

 

March 27, 2018; Liverpool, NS: In a unanimous vote, Council of Region of Queens Municipality approved a motion to give notice to South Shore Regional Enterprise Network (REN) of its intention to withdraw from the South Shore REN effective March 31, 2019. Region of Queens Municipality, along with five municipal units in Lunenburg County and three municipal units in Shelburne County, entered into a Regional Enterprise Intermunicipal Agreement on August 20, 2014.

The REN was, a proposed model developed resulting from a recommendation of the One Nova Scotia Report, cost shared at a 50% Level by the Province of Nova Scotia with a goal to strengthen regional economic development objectives, following the dissolution in 2014 of Regional Development Agencies and similar entities, which had a similar objective as the REN model. Following two and a half years of involvement, there have been limited achievements.

Upon consultation with all the municipal partners in the South Shore REN Intermunicipal agreement, there are some who would like to withdraw from the REN to explore other opportunities for economic development partnerships. The Intermunicipal Agreement outlines that those interested in withdrawing from the agreement must give 12 months notice, or, as an option, the agreement may be dissolved by the unanimous agreement of all nine municipalities. A number of other municipalities are expected to vote to withdraw from the South Shore REN this week. Discussions with interested parties and Region of Queens Municipality will be pursued regarding a more suitable economic development model, which will further economic development investments in the future.

Without unanimous approval to dissolve the South Shore REN, the financial obligation for Region of Queens Municipality would be its portion of the REN agreement through to fiscal year end 2019, the sum of $31,193. In the event that all municipalities agree to dissolve the REN, it would take place immediately, and the balance of funds remaining after obligations are paid, ie; staff severances, lease costs, and other South Shore REN expenses outstanding, would be returned to each municipality. The amount is unknown at this time.

March 27, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Over 1,100 homes and businesses in Liverpool and Brooklyn were without running water on Monday, March 26, 2018, due to a mechanical issue at the Region of Queens Municipality’s water treatment facility in Liverpool. An unexpected break in a pipe at the water treatment facility flooded the pumps that convey the treated water to users. The mechanical issue caused a shutdown of the facility, turning off the water for all customers on the municipal water system.


“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while our staff worked diligently to make the required repairs as quickly as possible, ensuring that the provision of water was restored as soon as possible,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “While a breakage in a pipe and plant shutdown is not something we can predict, staff were prepared, and were able to restore water within 7 hours. We are grateful to have skilled staff who can manage urgent situations quickly and professionally.”


The pipe failure that occurred on site at the Municipal water treatment facility was in a location that was challenging to isolate. The break was repaired, pumps assessed from flooding damage, the plant brought back online pumps started, and water sent for treatment at approximately 3:30 p.m., with most users in Liverpool and Brooklyn having water in their taps within an hour of the system starting up.


As of the morning of March 27, water clarity had returned to most customers, following the Region of Queens flushing through the night to improve water clarity.