Latest News and Public Notices
Citizen Appointment Openings
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is looking for volunteers to serve on the following:
Police Advisory Board – (1 vacancy) a 2-year term
Members of the Police Advisory Board assist Council in working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to develop a vision on how policing services are to be delivered to the citizens of the Municipality.
Fire and Emergency Services Committee – (1 vacancy) a 3-year term
The Fire & Emergency Services Committee provides an advisory and consultative role to Council respecting fire and emergency services and programs. Applicants for this vacancy may not be a member of, or the spouse of a member of Council, a Fire Department, Fire Commission or an Auxiliary of a Fire Department.
If you are interested in applying for these opportunities and are resident of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, please forward a letter of application outlining your skills and why you would like to serve. For the Police Advisory Board, applicants must supply three professional and/or volunteer related references and must consent to criminal and background checks.
Applications should be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18th, 2020 to the undersigned:
Alex Dumaresq, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
210 Aberdeen Road
Bridgewater NS B4V 4G8
Planning Advisory Committee Seeks New Members
The Municipality is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to serve as a member of the Municipality’s Planning Advisory Committee. This is an exciting opportunity for those people who would like to actively participate in the MODL2040 project, where we plan the entire Municipality for the next 20 years – visit https://www.modl.ca/municipal-planning-strategy.html for more information.
PAC also advises Municipal Council on land use planning issues, which include zoning, complex development applications, and municipal heritage properties. Meetings are normally conducted on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 7:00 p.m. Members-at-large of the PAC receive an honorarium per meeting plus travel expense.
One (1) member-at-large appointment is open between January 2021 to November 2021, and two (2) member-at-large appointments are open between January 2021 to November 2022, both with the possibility of reappointment.
To apply, pdf complete the Application Form (147 KB) . Please submit your form by Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. by:
2. mailing the form to 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS, B4V 9E4.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this appointment. If selected, the first meeting of the PAC will be on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Proclamation - Municipal Awareness Week
Notice of Public Engagement: Hemford Forest
Notice of Public Engagement: Adoption of the Hemford Forest Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law
The Municipality would like to invite everyone in Hemford Forest to have your say on a proposed plan and By-law for the community.
After a vision exercise and 18 months of discussion, the Hemford Forest Area Advisory Committee is looking for feedback on the draft plan and By-law. Municipality is offering a few different ways to have your say, including:
2. Post in the online forum at https://engage.modl.ca/ (click “Hemford Forest Plan Adoption”)
3. Attend an in-person session scheduled for November 19, 2020 at 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. at Hemford & District Fire Hall, 2121 Highway 208, Hemford, NS
Each slot is limited to 6 people. A mask is mandatory upon entry.
Council & Finance Committee Meetings
The regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting of November 3, 2020 has been cancelled.
There will be a special Council meeting held at 9:00 a.m. on November 3, 2020 to swear in the new Council. This meeting is not open to the public, but the recording of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting.
Council’s regular meeting schedule will begin on November 10, 2020.
Our moving schedule is as follows:
Operations continue at 210 Aberdeen Road until 5pm on Friday, October 30.
Both offices are closed Monday, November 2. No in person services are available.
On Tuesday, November 3 we will reopen at 10 Allee Champlain Drive (across and slightly north from the Best Western) at 8am.
Seeking volunteers for Sherbrooke Lake Stewardship Committee
MODL is seeking applications from interested community members to serve on the Sherbrooke Lake Stewardship Committee.
The Sherbrooke Lake Stewardship Committee oversees the implementation of the water quality monitoring program at Sherbrooke Lake to aid in the evidence-based decisions concerning the development of the properties acquired by MODL for public use.
- There is one vacancy for a resident/property owner of the Municipality of Lunenburg to serve for a 3-year term.
- The Committee is also seeking an on-going member with professional knowledge of the techniques of water quality monitoring.
Deadline to apply is Monday, November 30, 2020.
For further information and to submit applications contact:
Bill Schurman, Director of Recreation Services
Council meeting: Friday, October 16
Please note that the Tuesday, October 13 Council meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, October 16.
Notice: Mader’s Cove Fire Protection Rate Payers Meeting
The 2020 Annual Rate Payers Meeting of the Mader’s Cove Fire Protection Commission will be held in the Gymnasium of the Mahone Bay Centre on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00pm.
Notice of Special Council Meeting – September 10, 2020
NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG
Special Council Meeting – September 10, 2020
A Special Council meeting will be held via telephone and video conference on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to deal with a matter regarding J Class Roads re Cost Approval. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording of the public session portion of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting.
What's New at MODL - August 2020
Internet Projects Underway
- In February 2020, Develop Nova Scotia announced the first round of Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative Projects which included an award to Bell Canada to connect Bell Fibre Op to more than 1000 homes in and around New Germany including parts of Barss Corner, Meisners Section, Simpson’s Corner, Union Square, Elmwood, Watford and Farmington.
- MODL has also supported seven projects that were submitted as part of the second round of applications, which closed in June 2020. We continue to work to improve access to high-speed internet for our residents and businesses. Since 2016 we’ve increased high-speed Internet connections from approximately 60% to 72%. These seven projects, if funded through Develop Nova Scotia, will increase our connectivity to provide fibre-based coverage to up to 95% of residents.
- Since March 2020, we have installed a fixed wireless tower in Chelsea, and expect completion of fixed wireless towers in Nineveh and North River in August, Union Square in September, and Butler Lake in October. Council has also approved two additional TNC fixed wireless towers in East LaHave and LaHave Island.
Elections Going Electronic
- This year, the municipal election will be entirely electronic, with telephone and personal computing devices such as smartphones, iPads, and computers for both the Advance Poll and on Election Day in the 2020 Municipal and CSAP elections to be held in October.
- The decision was made out of concern for the safety of both electors and election workers at the polling stations. Telephone and internet voting were used successfully in the 2016 Municipal and School Board elections during the Advance Polls. This October, voting will be open from 8:00 am Thursday, October 8, ending at 7:00 pm Saturday, October 17.
- All qualified electors who are on the List of Electors with a correct mailing address will receive a Voter Information Letter in late September. This letter will contain a unique PIN identifier which will be required to vote either by telephone or by internet.
Emergency Funding for Community Organizations and Fire Departments
- Council recently awarded more than $116,000 in emergency funding to support not-for-profit organizations and fire departments impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.
- Forty-four organizations received a total of $83,658 from the Community Facility Emergency Assistance Fund. Additionally, Council distributed $32,500 in emergency assistance funding to MODL fire departments, which is a 50% increase in their annual grant.
- Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities; for safety, to maintain property value and for tourism. In the 20/21 fiscal year, MODL has committed to cost sharing with the province more than 12 kilometres of J class roads, for a total investment of more than $3 million dollars.
- The Municipal Road Upgrade Project in Meadow Brook Subdivision which includes Meldrum Ave, Buena Vista Drive and Aspen Court is progressing well and is on schedule meet the substantially completion date of August 28. The re-grading of ditches and grade adjustment of culverts has been completed. A grade crew is scheduled to start preparing the roadbed for asphalt Wednesday August 19, and a paving crew is tentatively scheduled to start paving Monday August 24.
Leading in Accessibility
- MODL launched our new website, www.modl.ca, designed to be more accessible to all website visitors, including people who identify as having disabilities.
We worked with the Association of Municipal Administrators’ Municipal Website Venture, and the website was audited for barriers throughout the development process by the Canadian digital accessibility company, Access Changes Everything.
- The new website is focused on lowering barriers for people with different disabilities, such as visual, hearing, mobility, speech, communication, cognitive, neurological, intellectual, learning, and those with multiple disabilities.
Pleasantville Fire Dept Ratepayers Meeting Rescheduled
Due to unfolding events in the Pleasantville and surrounding area, and for the safety of residents, the Pleasantville and District Fire Department ratepayers meeting scheduled for tonight at 7pm has been cancelled and will be moved to Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 7pm.
Thank you for your understanding.
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