Thursday, July 4, 2013

MODL: Council Debate Road Signage Policy

The Municipality of Lunenburg is directing staff to look at all options before implementing a road signage policy. Councillors debated the issue earlier this week, with some of those in favour saying the policy needs to be in place to help emergency service vehicles locate a scene quickly. Those against the issue don't want to see tax bills increase to affected property owners. John Veinot agrees safety needs to be considered but voted against the matter.

The mayor feels the municipality should be setting a standard that is acceptable throughout the district. Don Downe says they're going to explore if there's potential partnership opportunities.

Currently, 163 roads are without proper signage.

'Afterglow' Arts Event Looking To Return To King Street

A local arts and culture event is looking to return to the streets of Bridgewater. Ashton Rodenhiser recently presented to town council about hosting 'Afterglow' on King Street towards the end of September. Over 50 artists participated in last year's event, providing dance or theatre performances, film and video or mobile art. Rodenhiser says it's about bringing people to the area.

The Afterglow group is looking for in-kind support from the town including use of electrical outlets, provide event banners and be covered under the town's liability insurance. Council referred the matter back to staff to look at the financial impact of the group's request.

Acadia Broadcasting Applies To Purchase Moncton Station

Acadia Broadcasting is moving to add another radio station to its stable. The parent company of CKBW/HANK-FM has filed an application with the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission to purchase CKNI-FM - News 91.9 in Moncton from Rogers Broadcasting. The Saint John based company currently owns ten stations here in the Maritimes and Ontario. Vice-President Jim MacMullin says he looks forward to bringing our brand of community focused, quality local radio to Moncton. The CRTC is expected to rule on the application later this year.

Deadline Today For Yarmouth Ferry Proposals

Today is the deadline to submit business plans for a proposed revival of the ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine. The provincial government will make the results known tomorrow. The minister of economic and rural development and tourism, Graham Steele, will outline the submitted proposals and where things go from here. The government previously extended the deadline for business plans by two weeks. The government rejected two bids earlier this year, saying neither met the criteria for a viable operation.

15th Annual 'Hit It For Health' Raises $28,670

A sold out 'Hit It For Health' golf event helped raise $28,670 towards a new fetal monitor at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. One hundred and forty-four golfers teed-off Wednesday in the event at Osprey Ridge. Development Officer, Bernadette Jordan, says a new monitor costs roughly $30,000, so they're really close to purchasing it. She says it's time for a new one.

She also praised the community for their support.

This is the 15th year for the event, and Jordan says it has raised more than $400,000 towards the purchase of necessary equipment.