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What do you think the Town of Lunenburg's priorities should be as we look to the future?
Working waterfront? Heritage preservation? Cultural diversity? Harbour quality? Housing? Family-friendly?
Lunenburg Council is reviewing the Vision and Plan for our Town and they'd love to hear from you. Please come talk to Mayor Bailey and Councillors about your ideas on this... or anything else!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:00-11:00am The Dockside, 84 Montague Street
1:30-3:00pm The Savvy Sailor, 100 Montague Street
7:00-9:00pm The Knot Pub, 4 Dufferin Street
- An overview of the successful 55+ Seniors Games, held around Lunenburg County in September 2017, was presented.
- Region 6 Solid Waste Management provided an overview of current projects including educational programs in schools, offices, and food services, as well as special awareness events and publicity for proper sorting. A single-use plastic bag ban for NS is in early stage discussions. It was noted that the plastic bags in Region 6 are sold for recycling and do not go into landfill.
- The RCMP quarterly activity report was presented, including ‘The Way Forward: Sexual assault review and victim support action plan’ (available in package).
- The Property Valuation Service Corporation (PVSC) presented on Lunenburg property valuation methodology (available in package). Property assessment notices, which are the basis for property taxes, were mailed to residents in mid-January. The final appeal date is February 15th.
- General Government Committee: Council approved a motion to schedule a public consultation meeting on the Noise Bylaw (i.e., what levels and times are reasonable) for feedback from the residents and businesses.
- Heritage Advisory Committee: Council approved the addition of Fenwick Homer Zwicker, Sherman Zwicker, Richard Wesley Smith, and George Rhuland to the list of Prominent Lunenburgers.
Council also gave preliminary approval for a trial Heritage Financial Incentives program, subject to 2018/19 budget confirmation.
The Heritage Permit for proposed expansion of 2 Kempt Street (Ironworks Distillery) was approved.
- Finance: $30,000 was allocated from a Provincial grant for the Lunenburg Academy exterior parking and landscaping plan, in anticipation of the opening of the new Public Library branch there and other tenants. This is funded by the NS Communities, Culture and Heritage Department.
- Electric Utility: A staff report on additional LED street light options was reviewed, outlining the various test lamps under consideration and shades that can be added. Council requested that staff draft a Request for Proposals for LED street lighting options.
- Corporate Services: Development/Planning Manager Dawn Sutherland was approved as the Assistant Heritage Officer, and Heritage Officer Arthur MacDonald was approved as the Assistant Planning Officer to provide additional service opportunities.
- A report outlining PVCS’s 2018 assessment of the Town’s residential ($221,931,500 representing a 2.19% increase) and commercial properties ($43,308,200 for a 0.49% increase) was received.
- Town Talks: Informal community engagement sessions with the Mayor and Councillors will take place around Town on February 28 and/or March 1. Public invitations to come!
- Financial: As part of the 2018-19 budget preparation process, Council have asked staff to prepare a cost estimate to develop a Master Community Plan, encompassing various spheres (housing, waterfront, transportation, energy, etc.). Advertised public consultation budget meetings will be held in March and April.
- Public Works: The Wastewater Treatment Plant test result report for December 2017 was reviewed; a problem with temperature control during sample shipment has been identified and rectified.
Thanks to all who came out!
As custodians of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we are lucky to have such a rich and diverse heritage to celebrate. During the Council Meeting of February 13th, the Mayor of Lunenburg will be proclaiming February 19th as Heritage Day, joining other communities throughout Canada in celebrating Heritage Week from February 19-25, 2018. This year’s theme is Heritage Stands the Test of Time.
In celebration of our past and our future, Heritage Stands the Test of Time is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy our enduring heritage. You can celebrate Heritage Week by walking around your neighbourhood appreciating our streetscape, and by visiting your local museums, historic sites, and cultural centres.
To celebrate our architectural legacy, the Town of Lunenburg has developed a Heritage Recognition Awards Program and is accepting nominations from February 6-March 5. Heritage Week would be an excellent time to walk around your neighbourhood and identify those you consider worthy of this special recognition. (See nomination announcement and details here.)
Let’s all rejoice this Heritage Week that we have so much to honour in Lunenburg.
The winter weather has the most influence on the kilowatt hours used by a household, especially temperature, wind, and hours of darkness. There was a cold snap in December that lasted longer and was colder than typical for December. Wind, such as the storms we saw Christmas Day and January 4th, can have a significant effect on electric use particularly for those with electric heat, space heaters, in-floor heating, etc. When power was restored the evening of Christmas Day 2017, the draw was the highest spike ever recorded by the utility as customers heated their homes, etc. after the restoration of power.
Unfortunately, the mean or average temperature of a month with many ups/downs and wind storms doesn’t translate to steady kilowatt hour use. We have confirmed this on review of customer accounts who have raised concerns about recent power consumption increases.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) approved a 1.2% Nova Scotia Power Municipal Electric Utility rate increase effective January 1, 2018. The flow-through to Town of Lunenburg customers of this NSP rate increase per the NSUARB approve formula is 1.0%, as our operating costs are less. Effective January 1, 2018 all rate classes were increased by this percentage.
To compare with previous billing periods, rather than comparing the dollar amount of bills, customers should compare a) kilowatt hours used and b) the number of days.
Please see attached document A “How to Read your Residential Electric Bill” for a guided explanation.
A. How to Read your Electric Bill – A sample Lunenburg Electric Utility bill with a guide to the information presented there.
B. TOL Total Power Stats – A chart indicating the total Town kilowatt hour usage in the Nov-Jan period for the past three years. While this is not a single household measurement, it shows that as a whole the Town of Lunenburg’s power use is up this year over last year.
C. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2017 18 – A chart of recent temperature and wind readings, Dec 1 2017-Jan 16 2018.
D. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2016 17 - Same as C for Dec 1 2016-Jan 16 2017.
E. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2015 16 - Same as C for Dec 1 2015-Jan 16 2016.
The Town of Lunenburg is accepting applications from non-profit and charitable community organizations until March 31. The Lunenburg Town Council will consider potential grants during their Spring budget deliberations. Successful applicants will be notified.
Further on the subject of the Waste Water Treatment Plant... here's how you can help at home. Thank you.
For more on waste water treatment in the Town of Lunenburg, see here.