Tuesday, April 9, 2013

MODL Supports Joint Transportation Committee

Four municipalities are planning to work together to explore transportation options for their residents. Council members from the towns of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and the District of Lunenburg have created a Joint Transportation Committee. The group will work on establishing dial-a-ride services that could have a route for broader community outreach. Mayor Don Downe says it's still early in the process and things will have to be determined.

The service is considered to have the most potential for long-term sustainability under current government-funding programs. The committee is planning to seek funding from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to carry out its work.

Federal Gov't Supports Four Shelburne County Project

Four projects in Shelburne County will receive support from Ottawa. ACOA Minister, Gail Shea, says nearly $500,000 will be used to transform 12 hectares of land in the Shelburne Industrial Park into investment-ready lots with electricity, water and sewer services. A business loan of $208,000 will help a local company upgrade buildings. Kenney & Ross Limited manufactures fish gelatins, collagens and adhesives. ACOA is also spending $35,000 to help Aylward Fibreglass Inc develop expertise to export its fiberglas fuel tanks. Another $42,000 has been invested to help the District of Barrington to complete work on the Seal Island Light Museum. Meanwhile, the Nova Scotia government is investing $21,000 in the museum.

Projects Details

  • An investment of $496,294, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, enables the Municipality of the District of Shelburne to transform 30 acres of land in the Shelburne Industrial Park into investment-ready lots for marine sector businesses. The Municipality will construct a road connecting to the existing Industrial Park and extend power, water and sewer services to the lots.
  • A business loan of $208,107 through ACOA’s Business Development Program enables Kenney & Ross Limited to complete a variety of building upgrades. The company manufactures a full line of Kosher and Halal-certified fish gelatins, collagens and adhesives for global pharmaceutical, food and technical markets. Upgrades are being undertaken to the ceilings, walls and floors in the company’s production areas.
  • An investment of $35,250 through ACOA’s Business Development Program assists Aylward Fibreglass Incorporated (AFI) in hiring necessary expertise to obtain certification to manufacture and export its fiberglass fuel tanks. The company is an industry leader in developing new eco-friendly products for export―including non-metallic fuel tanks.
  • An investment of $42,750 through ACOA’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports the Municipality of the District of Barrington as they complete work on the Seal Island Light Museum. The work will enable visitors to have continued access to the look-off area at the top of the structure. The Museum is a replica of the lighthouse that was constructed on the site in 1831.

Town Continues To Mull Future Library Space

The town of Bridgewater remains undecided about the future space of the current library building on King Street. Councillors voted 4-3 not to lease the space to the non-profit group, Cafe 12. But they also voted 5-2 against selling the property. Mayor David Walker says there were good points on both sides of the argument.

Walker says they're in no rush to make a decision with the library building in use until roughly the beginning of September. The issue is expected to be brought back up at council during their April 22 meeting.

Former Habs Coach, Cup Winner, Headlines 'Jacks Dinner

The last man to coach a Canadian team to a Stanley Cup title is coming to Bridgewater.  Jacques Demers was behind the bench when the Montreal Canadiens won the NHL crown in 1993. The 68 year old's impressive resume also includes head coaching stints with Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Quebec. He twice won the Jack Adams' award as NHL coach of the year.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper named him to the Senate in 2009. Demers will be the guest speaker at the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks' annual Celebrity Dinner & Auction at the Bridgewater Best Western Plus on Friday, May 24th. Veteran CBC sportscaster Steve Armitage will also be at the head table. Ticket information will be released soon