Friday, May 1, 2009

MODL Taxes

2009-05-01 06:52:29


The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is holding the line on its tax rates at 79 cents per $100 of assessment for residential and a $1.92 per 100 for commercial.  Mayor Don Downe says Council approved a good budget responsible to the needs of the municipality but which enables the municipality to move forward with the provision of services to the residents.  Highlights include a "Compassionate Tax Policy " to provide relief to low income property owners, a grant support staff position, investment in infrastructure at Osprey Village, promotion of active living and enhanced recreational opportunities, meeting environmental obligations and sustainability initiatives.

Peter Zwicker

2009-05-01 06:48:50


And now there are two.   The next candidate for the Progressive Conservatives in the riding of Lunenburg will have to win to get in.  Peter Zwicker is the second person to announce he is going after the nomination in the riding formerly held by Michael Baker.  Zwicker is a current Lunenburg town councilor, into his second term.  He says he believes there is no greater calling than to serve the people of the Lunenburg riding adding the chance to represent the community at a broader level is a challenge he's eager to embrace.  Earlier this week, retired Michelin supervisor Ron Allen announced he would be seeking the nomination.  The party will choose its representative at a nominating meeting in Mahone Bay May 6th.


2009-05-01 06:47:46


An indoor marijuana grow-op has been seized from a Lunenburg county home and the couple living there are now facing charges.   Members of the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday night at a home on Bridgeview Drive in Gold River.  Police officers say they found an indoor growing system with 347 pot plants along with electrical equipment and fertilizers. They also seized several unsafely stored firearms.  Constable Jacques Rioux says a 38 year old man and a 32 year old woman are looking at cultivation and firearm charges. A court date has been set for June 17th for election and plea in Bridgewater Provincial Court.

Earth Day Totals

2009-05-01 06:38:40


Although the weather was against them again this year, organizers are pleased with the level of participation for this year’s Earth Day Challenge.  Totals this year rivalled peak numbers from the past according to Solid Waste Management.   Valda Walsh says many of the cleanups did not happen on the 22nd, but they happened nonetheless. And she says the amount of litter collected highlights the importance of this event.   More than 2,000 people in four counties rolled up their sleeves to clean up litter in their communities collecting more than 5,000 kilograms of litter.  Walsh calls it a banner year with more people registering than ever before adding it's an indication people understand litter is an issue that affects us all.  But she says with littering up 21 percent, people's attitudes toward litter have change but their behaviours have not.

Lobster Thief

2009-05-01 06:31:10


A Riverport fisherman has been fined $4,236 and will serve a 10 day suspension of his fishing licence beginning midnight May 21st. Tom Drake was scheduled to go to trial but changed his plea to guilty for having possession of stolen lobsters which were removed from someone else's traps. Drake was charged last May 30th under section 22 of the Fishery General Regulations. The Judge accepted a joint recommendation in imposing the fine and licence suspension.  As well, proceeds of the sale of  the lobsters seized, valued at $763.88 will be forfeited to the Crown.