Town Council Meeting Digest - June 25, 2019

Public Presentations

• Coastal Action presented on Coastal Action’s new Ocean Friendly Nova Scotia program, a tiered certification system to encourage reduction of single-use plastics at businesses, cafés, restaurants and more. NS Environment is funding a pilot year in Lunenburg.

• The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society presented a request for a full property tax exemption for their recently-purchased Lunenburg Opera House. The Finance Director noted that to accommodate the request, the loss of revenue to the Town would have to be offset with an additional $0.035 commercial tax rate increase. Council tabled the request at this time. 

Committee Recommendations

• Recreation: Council passed several recommendations, including sending a letter in support of the South Shore School Food Project to the South Shore Regional Centre for Education, and an increase to ice rental rates for the 2019/20 season.

• Protective Services: Council passed several recommendations, including the ordering of a replacement pumper fire truck for delivery in the 2020/21 fiscal year. 

Unfinished Business

• Corporate Services: Consideration of the Draft 2019/20 Town Operating budget continued.

  • Municipal revenue sources to offset property tax were passed, including surcharge on Arena ice rental rates to establish an ice resurfacer replacement reserve fund was approved, as well as an increase in Hillcrest Cemetery rates.
  • The revision to Policy #87 Parking Meter Rates setting hourly parking rate at $2.00 effective August 1, 2019 was passed.
  • The 2019/20 Town Operating Budget was passed, with the following 2019/20 property tax rates: $1.351/residential; $3.358/commercial; and $2.519/seasonal per $100 of property assessment value.

• The call for volunteers for the Council Remuneration/Succession Sub-committee will remain open for the immediate future. If you are interested, please see the Town website for more information here: 

• Public Works: Department of Municipal Affairs funding from the Beautification Streetscaping Program was approved; this funding is for upgraded Lunenburg signage and Boat Launch landscaping projects. 

New Business

• Council approved the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society’s special event application for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, August 8-11, 2019, including in-kind Town services.

The full Minutes package is available on the Town website here:

Thanks to those who came out!