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The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is aware of the financial challenges facing the Town of Shelburne.
The two municipal units have a solid working relationship through shared services and other initiatives. “We currently share services such as waste diversion and building inspection and we recently contributed $143,000 towards Phase one of the Town of Shelburne’s Marine Terminal upgrades, recognizing this facility as a regional asset and understanding its’ importance to the residents and businesses in Shelburne County,” says Warden Penny Smith.
Representatives from the Town and the Municipality have met with staff from Municipal Affairs on a number of occasions to discuss options and how the Province can provide support. “The concerns raised at our Council when discussing consolidation are financial concerns and what this could mean to the taxpayers in the Municipality. The Town has aging infrastructure that needs to be upgraded and maintained. The question that must be addressed is who will pay these costs. Our Council believes that the Province needs to make a financial commitment to address the Town’s infrastructure challenges, such as the Marine Terminal, flooding of Dock Street and aging water and sewer lines, as they have done with other municipal units that merged or dissolved. With financial support from the Province, we could continue discussions,” stated Warden Smith.
While the Municipality understands the importance of working together, they also understand their responsibility in ensuring that some type of regionalization will not have a detrimental financial impact on their residents and taxpayers.
The Municipality values the working relationship with the Town of Shelburne and welcomes continued communication.
To view a copy of the Town of Shelburne Press Release, issued on January 23, 2020, please visit the Town of Shelburne website.
The Municipality will be holding public budget discussion meetings, starting at 5 pm, on the following date(s):
👉Thursday, March 5th
👉Thursday, March 12th (if necessary)
Meetings are held in the 3rd Floor Council Chambers of the Municipality Administration Building.
Own property in Nova Scotia? PVSC released 2020 property assessment notices. Look for yours in the mail or visit www.pvsc.ca to view your assessment. Contact PVSC if you have questions or want more information.
The Municipality of Shelburne Council made the decision at their Council meeting held December 9th to send a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the Honourable Lloyd Hines, requesting the Department consider increasing the fines and penalties for those motorists who fail to stop when school buses red lights are flashing and the stop sign deployed.
“It has come to Council’s attention that there continues to be a number of incidents throughout the Municipality of Shelburne where drivers are not stopping for a school bus that has its red lights flashing and the stop sign deployed,” says Warden Penny Smith.
Over the past couple of years, the local RCMP Detachment has received numerous complaints of this occurring. Council felt reaching out to the Department, requesting they consider increasing the fines and penalties for this offence, along with requesting that cameras be standard equipment on buses, would help make drivers be more attentive. With cameras on buses, any vehicle not stopping would be recorded and the make and license plate can be sent to the RCMP for enforcement.
“The safety of our children is utmost in our minds for making this request, to help ensure that our families and community are not dealing with a potential tragedy,” says Warden Penny Smith.
The Municipality is requesting that the first offense fine be increased from $410 to $500 with the addition of four demerit points and that second and third offences would also see appropriate increases.
“Personally, I would have preferred to see the fine for first offence be increased to $1,000; however, in consultation with the local RCMP Detachment, it was suggested that fines should be reflective of those that are applicable to distracted or dangerous driving and that the fine being increased to $500 would be more appropriate,” says Warden Smith.
The Municipality of Shelburne Council at its’ Council meeting held December 9th unanimously agreed to send a letter to the Minister of Lands and Forestry, Minister Ian Rankin, requesting the Province of Nova Scotia delay any further harvest proposals until the Lahey Report an “Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia”, is fully implemented.
“Council supports the forest industry and understands its importance to the economy of Shelburne County. We also support protecting the environment. The request is simply asking the Province to wait until they implement the recommendations in the Lahey Report, which they have stated they support”, says Warden Penny Smith.
The Town of Lockeport and the Town of Shelburne also made similar motions to send a letter to the Province requesting the full implementation of the Report.
Do you know of any Shelburne County residents that struggle to access mental health care due to transportation barriers?
There is now an great subsidy opportunity that has been made available by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, www.mentalhealthns.ca, through their Community Grants program!
While funds last, clients paying out-of-pocket can be referred to Sou’West Nova Transit by a health or community service provider to have their transportation fares significantly reduced (up to 100%!) for pre-booked travel to mental health related appointments throughout Nova Scotia!
PLEASE CONTACT IF:
• You would like to learn more about this opportunity or Sou’West Nova Transit in general; we can send more information electronically, or arrange a time to meet in person or by phone
• You know of another provider or organization serving Shelburne County residents that you think would like to hear about this opportunity
• You have a client or community member you’d like to help arrange transportation and fare subsidy for