Tuesday, September 24, 2013

URB: Hearings Held For Proposed Blockhouse Facility

Hearings are about to start regarding a proposed demolition debris transfer facility in Blockhouse. The province's Utility and Review Board will hear arguments from both sides in the case. Halifax C and D are looking to set up the facility on the Cornwall Road while the Municipality of Lunenburg refused to issue a development agreement for the project. A group of concerned business owners and residents from the Blockhouse-area is also involved as interveners. One of its members, Paul Young, says they're not opposed to the idea, just the location.

Young points to Whynotts Settlement and Otter Lake as appropriate places for a facility, not in Blockhouse, where houses and businesses are close to the proposed location. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the Blockhouse fire hall. An evening meeting involving members of the public is planned for 6:30 Wednesday night.

Bridgewater: Town Excludes Saturday From Parking Enforcement

The town of Bridgewater has taken swift action to change parking enforcement on Saturdays. Mayor David Walker says the town approved a motion to change their parking bylaw immediately to exclude Saturday from parking meter enforcement. The decision means parking meters will be enforced from Monday-Friday. He says the town also decided to consider all parking meter violations from last weekend as a warning after more than 20 were handed out. Walker says they dropped the ball and didn't communicate well with the public.

Walker says anyone who paid their parking tickets can be reimbursed at town hall. Council also decided to develop a committee to look into matters regarding parking meters, signage and special event parking arrangements. The group will present a preliminary report before the end of November.

Green Party Names South Shore Candidates

The Green Party of Nova Scotia is joining the race for the October 8th election. A number of candidates have been confirmed for South Shore ridings. Madeline Taylor will represent the Greens in Queens-Shelburne, Robert Pierce is running in Lunenburg West and Vanessa Goodwin-Clairmont in Yarmouth. The Green Party's election platform revolves around building healthy communities, having a healthy economy and a healthy environment. The party has never won a seat in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.