Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Raw Sewage in the River

A county resident says there needs to be more action and less talk on the issue of raw sewage being dumped in the LaHave River. In a presentation to Lunenburg Municipal Council, Linda Maxwell says there's a growing sense of chagrin and disgust at what is happening in the river. Maxwell,who lives in Middle Lahave says the Porter Dillon report in 1993 was a laudable firs step but it appears its findings and suggestions for remediation have been shelved as was the report. She says although a few problematic septic systems may have been upgraded, essentially it's business as usual.
Maxwell says there appear to be no by-laws forcing upgrades to code, nor any pro-active involvement in testing or in requiring upgrades from either the Department of the Environment or the Department of Health, both who whom were participants in the Porter Dillon report. Maxwell adds she's certain there is "no one size fits all" answer to the problem, but is equally certain that it must be dealt with immediately.

DriveWiser Program

The Town of Bridgewater is one of six municipal units to enroll in the provincial "DriveWiser Active Communities" program. The program through Clean Nova Scotia is designed to reduce municipal fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to cleaner air. Mayor Carroll Publicover says the program will allow the town to build on existing initiatives so that transportation fuel consumption can be minimized for its vehicle fleet and the wider community. Council has committed to develop an Idle-Free Policy for town properties and display Idle Free signs on town buildings.

Skilled Trade & Technology Opportunities

Grade nine students will get an opportunity today to try out skilled trade and technology careers that are in demand. A youth event organized by Skills Canada- Nova Scotia and its partners called the TechShop will be held at the Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater. TechShop is a one-day career exploration event of skilled trades and technology careers. Students experience opportunities in skilled trades and technologies through a hands-on approach. Workshops explore careers such as heritage carpentry and mechanical drafting, and stress the importance of strong math, science, and communications skills to maximize career choices.
Skills Canada - Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization that promotes skilled trades and technologies to Nova Scotia youth through a variety of programs and events.

MODL Operations Review

A draft scope of work has been approved for an Operations Review of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. The overall objective of the study is to review the effectiveness of the organization and ability to meet current and future service level expectations. Mayor Don Downe says it gives Council the foundation to go forward . He says as well the taxpayers and public are interested in getting value for money, and know the Municipality is being run efficiently and effectively. To complete the Operations Review in the 2010/11 fiscal year a budget commitment of 35 thousand dollars will be required. There is the possibility of obtaining provincial funding to a maximum of 10 thousand dollars.