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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.

Liverpool waterfront public meeting

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.

June 28, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   Region of Queens Municipality continues to receive a number of inquiries from the public regarding an odour at various times near Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. Region representatives are proactively consulting 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. This local odour is suspected to be a combination of decomposing organic material 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.  Region of Queens staff are conducting research, consulting with industry experts, talking with others regarding possible similar issues in other areas of the Province, potential remediation options, reviewing provincial environmental legislation, while conducting a comprehensive assessment of our Sewer Treatment Plant. Unfortunately, all of these efforts take time. We continue to incrementally attempt to rule out potential odour sources and locate sources of the offensive smell. While wetlands always have a smell, the issue this year seems to be the extent and intensity of the smell. Staff will continue to research and consult with experts in their areas of expertise. These activities will continue to occur to rule out potential causes and seek solutions as timely as possible.

Region of Queens Municipality's Municipal Planning Strategy and land Use Bylaw (MPS LUB) is currently under review.  Following a series of public consultations, surveys, stakeholder meetings and consultations, the process is at the midway point.  Discussion papers and policy direction papers have been developed, and are available for review by residents.  Visit https://www.queensplan.com to review the documents online, or contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-354-3455 to receive documents in another way.

Your input is important to us!  Have your say by the June 30, 2019 deadline.

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June 18, 2019; Liverpool, NS:   Region of Queens Municipality has received a number of inquiries from the public regarding an odour at various times near Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, and Highway #3, Brooklyn. There has been some speculation in the community that the odour is from the Municipal Sewage Treatment facility, located on Hank Snow Drive. The sewage treatment facility is functioning properly and meeting all regulatory effluent requirements. The odour is suspected to be a combination of organic material from the marsh located behind the businesses on the seaward side of Bristol Avenue and Hwy. #3 to Brooklyn,  tidal lagoon, and sewage treatment facility.  Prevailing winds direction generally dissipates odour, however certain wind direction and humidity levels can result in noticeable levels.  Region of Queens Municipality is operating the plant at maximum level to reduce any odour generation.

June 18, 2019

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16, 2019, many dedicated volunteer firefighters answered the call to fight a fire at Region of Queens Municipality’s landfill site.  Their prompt response, which knocked the fire down very quickly, is greatly appreciated. 

A special thank you to the Greenfield and District Volunteer Fire Department, who were first on the scene and the lead department, with support on the scene and as mutual aid from all Queens County fire departments, as well as from Lunenburg, Annapolis, and  Shelburne Counties.

In all, 14 volunteer fire departments responded to the landfill fire, or served as standby at fire stations involved in the firefighting efforts. In addition to the Greenfield and District Volunteer Fire Department, crews responded from Liverpool Fire Fighters Association, Port Medway Fire Department, Mill Village and District Fire Department, North Queens Fire Association, Annapolis Royal Fire Department, New Germany Fire Department, Bridgewater Fire Department, Dayspring and District Fire Department, Hebbville Fire Department, Lunenburg and District Fire Department, Tri County Volunteer Fire Department, Hemford District Fire Department and Sable River Volunteer Fire Department. 

Region of Queens Municipality’s Council, staff and residents appreciate the work and specialized training of these community volunteers from Queens and our neighbours as well.  Thank you very much for all you do to ensure safe communities.

Sincerely,

David Dagley,  Mayor

June 7, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  On Monday, June 17, 2019, upgrades will begin on the water and sewer system that serves the streets to the east of lower Waterloo Street, Liverpool, NS.  Work will commence on William Street, James Street, and Bartling Avenue. This project is the first year of a multi-year project which will see upgrades to complete the lower Waterloo Street area.  A key component of this project is to eliminate historic sewage outfalls from this area from the harbor and connect to the sewage treatment plant.

Work on William and James Streets and Bartling Avenue is expected to continue from June 17 through to late fall, 2019.  Detours and traffic rerouting will be in place on the affected roadways.  During the construction period, access to the work area will be restricted to local traffic and emergency vehicles only.

Over $70 million in capital upgrade investments throughout Queens County have been made by Region of Queens Municipality since amalgamation in 1996.  Much has been accomplished in the past 22 years, with infrastructure investments to help to improve our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities. 

Waterloo east Infrastructure Upgrades

June 5, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia is preparing for the hottest concert on the South Shore this summer, an evening of Canadian Classic Rock featuring three legendary Canadian acts.  Canadian chart toppers Honeymoon Suite will take the stage on Sunday, August 25, 2019, and will be joined by well-known hard rockers Teaze from Windsor, Ontario, and the iconic Matt Minglewood Band. 

On August 25, 2019, fans at Queens Place Emera Centre will be “Burning in Love” with Honeymoon Suite, Teaze and Matt Minglewood Band! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, in person at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, or online at Ticketpro.ca.  There is a presale on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for those qualifying Queens Place Emera Centre Fitness members with 1 month, 3 month or 1 year memberships, or 1 month walking track memberships.

Canadian classic rock stars Honeymoon Suite were formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Dee in 1981. In 1983 the band was bolstered by the addition of Derry Grehan who quickly became the bands primary song writer and who soon after penned ‘New Girl Now’. On the strength of that single the band signed a deal with WEA Canada and soon after came the launch of the bands self-titled debut album in June 1984. From that album came hits such as re-mastered ‘New Girl Now’, ‘Burning in Love’, ‘Wave Babies’ and ‘Stay in the Light’. Next came The Big Prize, and hits such as ‘Bad Attitude’, ‘Feel it Again’, and ‘All Along You Knew’. A number of these songs became included in soundtracks for series shows, and movies. Through the late 1980’s, songs such as ‘Love Changes Everything’ and ‘Still Loving You’ hit the singles charts.  Their extensive catalogue of music and recognizable hits, energetic stage presence and sizzling musical execution continues to shine through as the band entertains fans from across the world.

From 1977 to 1980, Teaze recorded and released 4 studio albums plus one live album based on their tour of Japan in 1978, and even played with April Wine at the old arena in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.  After a 40 year hiatus, they are back! On April 6, 2019, Teaze reunited to play in their hometown of Windsor, Ontario for a benefit concert, meeting with huge success.  Their catalogue includes timeless hits such as; ‘Sweet Misery’, ‘Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight’, ‘Boys Night Out’ and ‘On the Loose’ to name a few. TEAZE will head east to Liverpool NS for an exclusive comeback show, certain to lead to years of entertaining the world again going forward!

Matt Minglewood Band are a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee deep in rock. Matt Minglewood himself has long been known as a musical shape-shifter, with such well known hits as ‘Amsterdam, ‘Dorchester’, and ‘Can’t You See’. Their high-octane show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of ‘down to earth bearers of good will and good times’. Their diversity and broad audience appeal has made them a favorite on the Canadian touring circuit. In a climate ripe with ever changing musical styles, Matt’s artistic character has been defined by his simply remaining true to himself.

Check Ticketpro.ca for notices as the concert date approaches.

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