Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bridgewater: Council Size To Be Reviewed

The public can soon have their say on the size of Bridgewater town council. Currently, there are six councillors and a mayor. However, a mandatory review is required this year by the province. The study is done every eight years by all Nova Scotia municipalities on the number of councillors in their area. The town will begin engaging the community in June and July with information presented through its newsletter, website and public meetings. Mayor David Walker says he's optimistic people will state their thoughts.

The last review completed by the town was in 2006. A decision needs to be made to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board by December 31.

Chester: Sewer Rates Moving To Next Step

Chester will move ahead to a public hearing to get more input on sewer rates. The municipality agreed on an equivalent dwelling unit system that will see all users pay a basic rate of $522.89, with rates increasing based on usage. It was a unanimous decision by council members. Warden Allen Webber feels it's a fair way of doing things.

Five of the six existing sewer systems in the municipality are running a deficit. Webber says with this option, they will have to pay down the debt in a different way. A public meeting to discuss sewer rates will be held on June 4th at 7pm at Forest Heights Community School.

New Webcam Launches In Liverpool

Liverpool can now be seen by anyone across the world. A webcam has been installed at the Visitor Information Centre and went live on Wednesday. The webcam is one of several located in the Liverpool area and around the South Shore on Tancook Island, Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Region of Queens Councillor Brian Fralic came up with the idea. He says it's a good opportunity for people to see what's happening in Liverpool.

The webcam points towards the Mersey River and Privateer Park. The Region of Queens approved the webcam in this year's budget for just over $3,000, and also pays a monthly operational fee. People can view the webcam here .

Mounties Gearing Up For Road Safety Week

Mounties are going to be out in full force patrolling highways heading into the long weekend. It's Road Safety Week - a country wide initiative aimed at making the roads in Canada the safest in the world. Constable Mark Skinner says they will focus on dangers such as impaired driving and distracted driving. He says it's best to use a headset or put your phone away while behind the wheel.

Road safety week runs through until Monday.