Celebrating the Grand Opening of Martock Ridge Wind Turbines!
Members of the public are invited to take a guided tour of the site.
WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
TIME: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NOMINATIONS OPEN - Municipal Special Election District 8
TAKE NOTICE that the undersigned will accept nominations for the following office in the Municipality of the District of West Hants for which an election will be held on the 22nd day of August, 2015. Nominations shall be filed at the office of the Returning Officer, Municipal Building, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor-West Hants Industrial Park between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on nomination day which is Tuesday, July 28, 2015 or by appointment during office hours in the five business days preceding nomination day.
One Councillor for Polling District 8 – Upper Falmouth – Mount Denson
Dated at 76 Morison Drive, Wentworth, Nova Scotia, this 30th day of June, 2015.
Information for Candidates can be found in the PDF below or a paper copy can be obtained at the West Hants Municipal Office, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor.
By-law Enforcement On-Call Guidelines - June 12, 2015
By-law Enforcement Officers employed with the Municipality of the District of West Hants will not normally respond to after-hour calls or complaints unless the call involves an event which meets the description of an emergency. At no time will a By-law Enforcement Officer respond to a call occurring between 12 midnight and 7am.
After hours is defined as hours occurring outside of the 8:30 to 4:30 time frame, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.
An emergency is defined as a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action
Type of Complaints:
Dogs complaints- Instances were a dog has been alleged to have been involved in a serious incident resulting in injury to person or other animal and the dog is under the effective control, the By-law Enforcement Officer may attend the scene to remove the animal or make arrangements for the animal to be removed.
If requested by a Policing Agency, the By-law Enforcement Officer will respond to assist in the detention and removal of the dog, but only as long as the policing agency is in control of the scene.
Dangerous or Unsightly Complaints- Regular hours only.
Illegal dumping- Regular hours only. If in progress, callers should be directed to contact their local policing agency.
Illegal burning- Callers should be referred to their local fire service and/or the Department of Environment
Welcome Residents of Hantsport
June 23, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting - Time Change
Please note the June 23, 2015 Committee of the Whole meeting will commence at 7:00 p.m.
Warden Dauphinee’s Statement on Dissolution of Hantsport
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is very pleased with today’s NSUARB announcement that the Town of Hantsport will become part of the Municipality of West Hants. We have been involved in the process all along with a number of discussions, studies and hearings. We are pleased to help our neighbours and welcome all 1100 of them.
Today we will celebrate with them, but tomorrow the work of achieving the results envisioned during the process will begin.
Over the next few weeks the transition committee, under the coordination of John Morash, will oversee the tasks that need to be completed. Some items need to be completed prior to the dissolution date, while others may take longer to implement. The intent is to carry them out as soon as possible and to ensure a smooth transition to a new governance structure.
Council and staff look forward to working with the Town of Hantsport Council, staff and residents to transition into one efficient and effective community. In the short term, staff are committed to ensuring, as much as is possible that there is no change in service delivery. Town hall will remain accessible to residents at its current level and residents will continue to see staff working throughout the community.
At some time in the near future a special recognition event will be held to recognize the valuable contributions made by current councillors to provide a chance for staff and residents to say thank you for all their hard work over the past few years.
The NSUARB’s decision and all information, reports and studies associated with the application are available on the NSUARB website at www.nsuarb.novascotia.ca and can be found by searching for Hantsport or case number M06209 under the Cases and Evidence tab at the top of the page.
West Hants Recreation Summer Programs 2015
Ready to have a fun filled summer with West Hants Recreation? We are offering a variety of different programs that will fit the interest of your child.
Our weekly summer camps are packed full with fun activities for everyone, including: theme days, sports, crafts, games, activities, day trips and more!
Summer camps are open to all children attending elementary school in the fall ages 4-11 years.
Taking Smart Steps to Reach Your Wellness Goals
This is a FREE educational event with a special speaker from the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Participants will leave this interactive, hands-on workshop with a customized goal plan and insight on how to maintain their wellness goals for the long term.
Municipality of the District of West Hants in conjunction with the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department
Supply of One (1) New 100 Foot Rear Mount Platform Fire Apparatus.
*Please note, an addendum has been added to WH15-001. The closing/opening date of the tender is now June 18, 2015
Download Tender document: WH15-001 (988.72 kB)
Supply of One(1) Current Model Year Custom Rescue Pumper For the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department
*Please note, an addendum has been added to WH15-002. The closing/opening date of the tender is now June 18, 2015.
Download Tender document: WH15-002 (1.05 MB)
Irishman's Road Recreation Site - Countryside Trail System Phase 1 - Tender#REC 06-15
Avon Valley Golf Club - Junior & Pee Wee Development Program
Avon Valley Golf & Country Club is welcoming new & previous Junior members for the 2015 playing season. Avon Valley would like to give you the opportunity to develop your golfing skills & your game.
Avon Region Active Transportation Plan Final Report
“Active Avon” is an active transportation plan designed to improve options for safe and convenient non-motorized transportation across the Avon Region over the next eight years. The collaboration between the region’s three municipalities - the Municipality of West Hants, the Town of Windsor, and the Town of Hantsport - sets a unique precedent for a regional approach to active transportation. It is the first time that both urban and rural Nova Scotian municipalities have come together to forge an active transportation strategy spanning beyond the boundaries of individual municipalities.
Download the final report: Avon Region Active Transportation Plan Final (17.94 MB)
Police Week 2015
Police Week began in Canada in 1970 as a way to connect with communities and increase awareness about the services that police provide.
RCMP detachments across Canada are celebrating Police Week with activities that highlight the work they do. This year's theme is "Connected to our Communities". Our local detachments are dedicated to increasing community awareness and recognition of policing services while strengthening police-community ties. Please join us and view the displays of our emergency service providers at the Windsor Rural Detachment on May 14th from 1pm to 5pm at their Morison Drive location (140 Morison Drive, Windsor).
Press Release - West Hants Council Passes 2015-2016 Budget
Windsor, NS - The Council of the Municipality of the District of West Hants approved the 2015-2016 municipal budget during the regular meeting of Council held on April 14, 2015.
As one of the fastest growing rural municipalities in Nova Scotia, new and increasing demands led staff and Council to reassess every aspect of the budget in order to ensure the services provided met the expectations of the residents while remaining affordable.
The five month budgeting process resulted in last night’s approval, which sees a change from $0.97 to $1.0064/$100 for the residential tax rate and a change from $1.75 to $1.80 for the commercial tax rates. Total expenditures for the Municipality of West Hants in 2015-2016 are budgeted at $12,582,898.
Warden Dauphinee said Council was pleased with the budget and the budgeting process stating, “I feel very comfortable with this year’s budget. Staff has done a good job in understanding the needs of the Municipality and the outcome is a reasonable budget for the upcoming year”.
Highlights of the approved budget include: new funding for 1.5 new RCMP officers which brings the Municipality closer to provincial officer to resident ratios, an aerial fire truck which will be housed at the Brooklyn Fire Department and to be shared among the West Hants firefighting service providers, as well as two new positions within the Municipal offices to expand and improve the services the municipality provides.
CAO, Municipality of West Hants
Press Release - West Hants Signs Letter of Intent to Secure Provincial Funding
Windsor, N.S. - This morning the Municipality of West Hants signed off on the Letter of Intent with the Province of Nova Scotia to secure important protection and funding for Hantsport if it is to be dissolved later this year.
The Letter of Intent outlined important guarantees and funding to help the three parties through the identified changes and expenses that will be part of transitioning Hantsport from a town and entering into the Municipality of West Hants if the UARB approves the dissolution later this spring.
"The letter is a proactive move to ensure that we all have the support in place to make the transition as smooth as possible," says Richard Dauphinee, Warden of the Municpality of the District of West Hants. "With it, Hantsport and the residents of West Hants have access to guaranteed provincial funding of $3.05 million to cover the ongoing operating and capital investments for Hantsport school and roads and help with the inevitable costs of transition."
Since last summer, when West Hants accepted Hantsport's request to join the Municipality as part of the dissolution, West Hants has been a supportive member of the joint transition team made up of representatives from Hantsport, West Hants and the Province. "We're at the table to help support Hantsport and to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone involved, " says Dauphinee.
Recently, that committee drafted together a Letter of Intent for all three parties to sign off on if the dissolution is approved. Last night, as West Hants Council felt the Lettor of Intent was in the best interest of Hantsport and what they wanted, they voted to accept that Letter of Intent and formally signed it this morning.
Hantsport filed for dissolution in May 2014. While the approval of the dissolution is still to be decided by the UARB later this spring, if it goes through Hantsport has asked to be part of the Municipality of the District of West Hants. West Hants voted to accept Hantsport last summer.
Presentation to Hantsport Council
On October 1st West Hants administration delivered "The Potential for a New Relationship" to Hantsport Council outlining it's approach towards dissolution.