Municipal Council Highlights April 18, 2023

Municipal Council observed a moment of silence in recognition of the 22 people who lost their lives during the mass shooting in Portapique, NS.

Land Sale (Mountain & Meadows Care Group) – Municipal Council approved Mountain & Meadows Care Group’s offer to purchase municipally-owned land on Church St., Bridgetown in the amount of $85,000. 

Granville Parking Redevelopment – Municipal Council agreed to hold a public meeting in the community of Bridgetown to discuss use of funds from the sale of the former town hall. The date and time to be determined. 

Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) Submission Boundary Review – Municipal Council authorized the Warden and Municipal Clerk to submit an application to the NSUARB to confirm the number and boundaries of polling districts at 11, and to confirm the number of councillors at 11.

Municipally-Registered Heritage Property (St. John’s Anglican Church Application for Alterations) – Municipal Council will refer the substantial alteration application for the replacement of the existing green asphalt shingles to black metal roofing material on the Municipally-registered property, St. John’s Anglican Church, to the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Sewer Rates (County) – Municipal Council authorized an increase to the County Sewer Rate of 2% resulting in a flat rate annual charge of $590.39 per equivalent unit.

Sewer Rates (Bridgetown) - Municipal Council authorized an increase to the Bridgetown Sewer Rate of 2% to both the base and variable rates resulting in a base rate of $13.08 per quarter and $2.12 per cubic meter.

Letter of Awareness (Lawrencetown Exhibition Youth Arena) – Municipal Council will provide a letter of awareness to the Lawrencetown Youth Arena to accompany their 2023-24 Recreation Facility Development Grant application, noting that no funding has been requested from the municipality for their Warm Room Extension and Insulation project.

Letter to Minister (Speeding in Granville Ferry) - Municipal Council will request that the Minister of Public Works review the speed limit of 80 km and the passing zone approaching the community of Granville Ferry from Victoria Beach with a view to eliminate the passing zone and/or reduce the speed on this approach, and to review the speed limit in the community of Granville Ferry.

Tax Exemption and Reduction Policy (AM 1.4.12) – Municipal Council agreed to accept late applications from the Atalanta Hospice Society and The Friends of Margaretsville Lighthouse, adding them to the Tax Exemption and Reduction Policy (AM 1.4.12) for 2023-24.

Tax Exemption and Reduction Policy Amend - Municipal Council agreed to amend the Tax Exemption and Reduction Policy (AM 1.4.12) by adding Carleton Road Industries, Port Royal Lighthouse Association, and Bridgetown Curling Club; removing Bridgetown Curling from the partial tax exemption.

Former Upper Clements Park Structure – Municipal Council authorized staff to proceed with the cleanup of the remains of the structure that was destroyed by fire on March 30, 2023, at the former Upper Clements Park with funding to come from operational reserves, and that the stones be preserved for future use.