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December 12, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The staff of the Region of Queens Municipality is a diverse and varied workforce, providing services and programs that are significant in the lives of residents and visitors alike. They are the voice on the phone when you call looking for information about waste collection schedules or supports for non profit organizations, they are the smiling caregiver at Hillsview caring for your loved one, they are the heavy equipment operator working on infrastructure projects to make the community stronger, they are the ones who maintain our parks, and they are the people who coordinate recreational programs for you and your family to enjoy. The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and include the administration office, Engineering and Public Works, parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the Municipal landfill and recycling facility, as well as Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care. Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards at the December 12, 2017 Region of Queens Regular Council meeting.


“The Region of Queens has a skilled workforce which is committed to excellence in public service. Each year, Council recognizes and celebrates the milestones that staff has attained in their career,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are proud of the level of service provided by Region’s staff. All staff members are positive ambassadors of Council and the Region of Queens; their work is greatly appreciated.”


Five employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service; those employees represent 75 years of cumulative employment. Julie Oickle reaching five years of employment; ten years of service was reached by Adam Grant; Roma Whynot with 15 years of employment; Mike MacLeod marked 20 years of service; and a 25 year milestone was reached by Wanda Allison.


Service Awards are presented each year in December by Council to staff as they achieve 5 year milestone increments.

Mayor Wanda Mike and Julie

Pictured are:  Mayor David Dagley, Wanda Allison, Mike MacLeod, and Julie Oickle.  Missing from picture are Adam Grant and Roma Whynot.

October 24; Liverpool, NS:  The Queens Community Aquatic Society (QCAS) intends to hire independent consultants to define the proposed community pool project and outline costs for the project. The Society requested funding support from the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality.  At the October 24, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a grant of $6,000 to be paid from the previous year’s operating surplus to assist the QCAS to proceed with their consulting report. 

The report, with an expected cost of $24,000, will also require provincial funding.  Having a detailed plan is a necessary step for the QCAS before they can proceed to the funding stage of the project.  Once a plan has been finalized through the consultant, a report will be brought back to Council the end of February which will include a detailed plan that includes a project definition, construction costs and operating costs.

The QCAS held a Public meeting in February 2017 with approximately 80 people in attendance, and also conducted an independent survey with 946 respondents, in which they advise that 83% of respondents believe it is important to have a year round pool.  A fundraising subcommittee of the QCAS has been formed who have investigated possible funding options, and determined that funds may soon become available through federal and provincial programs, as well as from the private/corporate sector and a public campaign. 

“Council is appreciative of the work that members of the Queens Community Aquatic Society are putting into researching the viability of a community indoor pool for Queens County. Their due diligence in reaching out to hire independent consultants to source the best information as to the capacity, use and needs of the community in a pool is very important,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


October 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS:  A new policy approval by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality provides guidelines and protocols for flag flying on municipally owned flag poles. At the October 24, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved Operational Policy 84- Flag Flying , a new policy that outlines protocol for the appropriate manner for flying and displaying flags on municipally owned flag poles, protocol and location for flying flags of non- profit organizations’ flags, and protocol for flying flags at half mast.


“In developing and approving a policy on flag flying, Council has established reasonable parameters for flying flags requested by organizations as well as guidelines as to when it is appropriate to fly flags at half mast in the Region of Queens,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


Council has approved a policy that includes an opportunity for non profit organizations to fly their flags, or to denote occasions of significance in the community, using the Region’s special purpose flag pole located next to the VIC and bridge on the Liverpool waterfront. Flags will be flown for a two week period. Among the flags that will be flown in two week increments are the Pan African Flag for African Heritage Month in February, National Volunteer Week flag in April, the Pride flag in June, the Mi’kmaq Nation flag for National Aboriginal Day in June and for Mi’kmaq History Month in October, and the Veterans Flag during Veterans Week in November. Non profit organizations may submit a completed application one month prior to the date they would like their flag flown.


The policy also outlines when flags will fly at half mast at the Region of Queens Administration Building and at Queens Place Emera Centre, which includes observing the death of specific heads of state; current or former Mayors, Wardens or Councillors of the Region of Queens Municipality, the former Town of Liverpool, and the former Municipality of Queens; along with other dates of national or international importance, following the provincial example. On the following dates, flags will also be flown at half mast: November 11 in respect for Remembrance Day, April 28 in respect of the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace, and December 6 in respect of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.


Operational Policy 84 is effective immediately, and the policy and application for usage of the Special Purpose Flag Pole may be viewed on the Region of Queens website (http://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/policies-overview/operational-policies , or contact the Region of Queens Municipality for a copy by calling 902-354-3453 or in person at the Administration Building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS.

Sept. 26, 2017;  Liverpool, NS:  At the Sept. 26th Regular Council meeting, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality today approved a staff recommendation to declare the property surplus and to have tenants vacate the former Mount Pleasant School by June of 2019. The recommendation also included giving direction to staff to work with the four tenants, the Queens County Food Bank, Queens Day Care, Queens Learning Network and the Queens Family Resource Centre, to consider relocating these important community services to other acceptable locations.

“Declaring the property surplus to Municipal Requirements is a technical term which allows options, and the building is in need of short term repairs.  A long term increase in the maintenance budget would have an impact on taxes, but the services provided at the old Mount Pleasant School are important services for the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Many residents in Queens depend upon the services provided by the Queens County Food Bank, the South Shore Family Resource Centre, the Queens Learning Network , the Queens County Daycare Association, and the volunteer initiative Plant To Plate. Council is supportive of these organizations.  Prior to a  move becoming necessary, we will work with the tenants to help them find suitable space in the community, and will give them adequate notice to help facilitate their move to ensure these valuable services continue to be provided in our community.”

In support of long term capital planning, a building condition assessment was completed on the facility.  The assessment revealed that current deferred maintenance is escalating to the point where the current level of maintenance will need to double over the next 25 years to keep it in suitable condition for tenants.  This reality may not be financially sustainable for the municipality, the tenants, or their clients.  Based on this imminent cost, it was recommended that the municipality work with each of the four tenants to look at alternative location options.  The four services provided are important to citizens of Queens and finding other financially sustainable locations is something that the Region may need to address over the next two years. 

The four tenants currently utilize the former Mount Pleasant School, 108 College St., Liverpool, NS.  This building was constructed in 1957, had been transferred to the Region of Queens Municipality many years ago, after it was declared surplus by the South Shore Regional School Board.

September 12, 2017; Liverpool, NS:  This afternoon, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality appointed Jennifer Keating Hubley, Director of Finance who is a 13 year employee of the Region of Queens Municipality, as Interim Chief Administrative Officer (ICAO).   This will become effective upon the departure of the current CAO in early October.

Council also approved commencing advertisement of the position to seek a candidate for the permanent appointment of a Chief Administrative Officer.  The objective at the Region of Queens is to provide opportunity for career advancement to staff, while ensuring that the Region enjoys a robust, transparent, and competitive selection process for the next Chief Administrative Officer.  Council will take the time to properly complete this hiring process, and will strive to hire the best candidate for Queens.  In this regard, both internal and external candidates will be considered.

August 8, 2017; Liverpool, NS:  The Region of Queens Council is looking to the future and making plans for down the road by setting up funding reserves and a long range plan to improve road conditions in the Municipality.  At the August 8th Regular Council meeting, approval was given to sign the standard, recurring 3 year agreement to be eligible to “apply at a future date” for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) approval to cost-share on surface upgrades.  Staff will include a list of possible improvement needs to be included in the future capital plan, along with a funding suggestion to be considered at 2017/18 budget discussions.

The suggested solution would be to begin building a reserve as early as the 2018/19 budget, which would then be used in the recapitalization of Local Roads under the Municipal Service Exchange.   The second item included a motion to authorize the Mayor and Chief Administrative Office (CAO) to sign the three year cost sharing agreement for paving subdivision roads; this is a document that is renewed every three years, and enables future consideration of joint paving projects with the Province.

The motion gives staff the flexibility to investigate the various funding solutions.  At an estimated $250,000 per kilometer, and nearly 47 km of roads identified as being in need of resurfacing, there are over $11 million in infrastructure costs currently not funded.  There is an annual financial cap on the Province of Nova Scotia’s cost sharing program, which currently funds up to 50% of project costs.  Establishing a reserve to fund the municipal portion of the resurfacing of the identified roads will help to systematically, over a long period of time, enable roads to be resurfaced that would not otherwise be resurfaced.  Some of the roads identified in the 46.84 km of roads require more immediate assistance, and will been attended to first.  Roads eligible for paving under the Municipal Service Exchange agreement are those constructed prior to April 1995.  Currently, fees paid by municipalities for operational maintenance (ie; winter operations, drainage, ditch maintenance, and pot hole repairs) do not cover resurfacing, and  are adjusted annually by the consumer Price Index for Canada, with the rate for 2015/2016 being $5,064 per kilometer; the 2017/2018 Region of Queens budget allocated $244,613 to pay the Province for these services. 

August 2, 2017; Liverpool, NS:  The mood was celebratory at Queens Place Emera Centre today as the Liverpool Championship Host Society announced they will host the World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, NS from February 17 – 24, 2019.


“The Liverpool Championship Host Society  has done a great job in securing this event, which will  bring 140 of the world’s top young curlers, their coaches, families and fans to Queens County in February, 2019,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.   Queens County has a reputation of hosting great events, having strong volunteer support, and bringing the crowds in support of all events, whether it is sport, cultural, or entertainment. We are excited to welcome the world to Liverpool, Queens County, Nova Scotia in February, 2019.”


President of the Liverpool Championship Host Society, Greg Thorbourne, announced that the Society had been successful in their bid to host the World Junior Curling Championships, and reflected on the previous success that the community had experienced in hosting the 2014 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. During the event announcement, the Honorable Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, advised of Provincial support for the week long world championships, contributing $100,000.  Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley confirmed that Council’s July 25, 2017, pre-budget approval of $50,000 in the 2018/2019 was in support of the World Junior Curling Championships. Shirley Osborne spoke on behalf of Curling Canada, advising that the 2019 Championships will be the 10 year anniversary of the event being held in Canada, which was in Vancouver in 2009.  Also attending the event were representatives from the Nova Scotia Curling Association, Liverpool Curling Club, Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan’s Office, members of the Region of Queens Council, Events Nova Scotia and Communities Culture and Heritage.


The arena at Queens Place Emera Centre will be transformed to contain five sheets of curling ice, and will be the venue for the weeklong event. At least 10 countries will compete in Liverpool at this event with world class curlers aged 21 and under, with 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams.  The top six countries in each gender from the 2018 World Juniors in Aberdeen, Scotland will compete in the 2019 Worlds; three more countries in each gender will qualify out of the 2019 World Junior-B Curling Championships, and Canada’s entries will be decided at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Championships.

July 25, 2017; Liverpool, NS:  Queens County has been approved to host a major event, and the Region of Queens Council is showing its support through pre-budget approval of $50,000 in the 2018/2019 budget.   A funding request was made to the Region of Queens Municipality by a local nonprofit organization that has been successful in its effort to host the event. 

“Although we are not at liberty to release any details about the event at this time, Council is confident that this event will be met with great enthusiasm by the public,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens.

An announcement regarding this event is scheduled at noon, Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS.

July 13, 2017; Liverpool, NS:   In just 14 months, more than 5,700 people from across Canada and the United States of America have taken a virtual journey in Liverpool, NS with a view to retiring in the area.  Liverpool resident Peter Ripple launched the website retiretoliverpool.com in April 2016 to promote Liverpool and area as an ideal choice for to those considering retirement options.

“Mr. Ripple shows a great deal of community pride in hosting and managing the Retire to Liverpool website,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  “To have a citizen spreading the word about the benefits of residing in Queens County, supports the work that Council is doing to grow the population and economy.  We have taken some steps to work with Mr. Ripple in promoting his website, which has many links back to the Region of Queens website.” The Region of Queens Municipality ran a targeted Facebook ad in Ontario in June, directing people to retiretoLiverpool.com, which showed an increase to the website traffic, as well as additional traffic on the Region of Queens Facebook page.  A highway sign has also been placed near the 103, by exit 19 on Queens Crossing land with the Retire to Liverpool web address.

Ripple receives enquiries about the area through the website, and reports that at least six families have moved to the area as a result of the information in the Retire to Liverpool website.    Ripple set up and maintains the site with his own funds, and does not generate revenue from the website.

“I think it is in all of our interests to promote Queens County as a destination for people to live, regardless of their ages,” said Ripple.  “I would encourage you to use the site as a means of promoting Liverpool/Queens as a great place to live.”

Inspired to take action by the results of the 2011 census data that showed Queens County’s population was in decline and aging, and the loss of some longstanding businesses in the community, Ripple features aspects of Queens County that are desirable to those who are at the age to consider their retirement options.  RetiretoLiverpool.com features information about what’s available in Liverpool, with sections on health and wellness; recreational opportunities; services and area businesses; housing and cost of living; arts, culture and entertainment; and the temperate climate.  Those browsing the website will see many pictures of the amenities, natural beauty and abundant arts, culture and recreational opportunities available to residents. 

July 1, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Even the weather couldn't dampen the spirits of skateboard and biking enthusiasts as the Region of Queens Municipality  and the Queens County Skatepark Association officially opened the Mersey Skatepark in Liverpool, NS. Interested youth and adults gathered with their skateboards, bikes, and scooters to see the opening of the Mersey Skatepark under overcast skies, and a heavy mist.

The Mersey Skatepark has been generating excitement on social media and in the skateboarding community as the current top skatepark in the province, and perhaps even in eastern Canada, as a result of an innovative  design, and features. The skatepark has a large triple bowl, a streetscape, and a flow area, with a small bowl. Since construction was completed, it has been a popular spot, with skateboarders, scooter users, bikers, and rollerbladers of all ages and capabilities.

A skatepark has been a dream of youth in Queens County for over a decade; the formation of the Queens County Skatepark Association in 2012 was the beginning of making the dream a reality. With a vision the “It’s Time for a Skatepark in Queens!”, QCSA approached the Region of Queens Municiplaity for support. The donation of land and $200,000 cash got the wheels moving on the project. Community support through fundraising was huge, with QCSA receiving $330,000 through fundraising and donations.

The Mersey Skatepark is located at 72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, adjacent to Queens Place Emera Centre, a Municipally operated multi purpose recreational facility. Also located on the property is a newly built BMX Pump Track, basketball nets, an outdoor walking trail, and a sledding hill. There are year round recreational opportunities for all ages in this multi use complex.

Thank you to Cook and Sons Financial Services Inc. for their donation of an Epi Pen Station at Queens Place Emera Centre. Melissa MacLeod, a graduating student at the Queens Adult High School, was inspired to spearhead a campaign to place the stations in public buildings in Queens, and contacted local businesses to sponsor the purchase of the stations. Melissa was inspired by her teacher's daughter, a student at Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy, who donated funds to place Epi Pen Stations at the Wickwire and other schools in Queens.

Thank you to Melissa for organizing the program, and thanking to Rob Cook and Peter Cook for choosing Queens Place to donate the station.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Melissa MacLeod, Peter Cook, Meaghan Roberts - Director of Recreation and Healthy Communities, and Rob Cook.Epi Pen Donation

June 13, 2017;  Liverpool, NS:  The Region of Queens Municipality and Hines Proguide Limited (the owner of the Rossignol Cultural Centre) have agreed to a one year extension of the lease for the Thomas H. Raddall Library. The Terms of the lease remain the same as the 2012 lease, with the lease outlining a cost of $10.88 per square foot for the 4750 square foot facility.
“Extending the lease gives Council the time and space needed to deliberate long term options for library services” Said Mayor David Dagley “In today’s times, libraries have evolved and provide an immensely valuable community space for educational, cultural, social, economic, and recreational opportunities and interactions.  It is important that the Region look at what we need for space, and to ensure that space meets the long term needs of our community.  We will take some time reviewing our options, while maintaining communication with the current landlord.”


The Thomas Raddall Library is located at 145 Old Bridge St., Liverpool, NS, and is open Sundays from noon – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.