RFP WH-15-03 - Supply of one (1) new 1/2 Ton, 4x4 Crew Cab Truck and one (1) new AWD, SUV
The Municipality of West Hants is seeking Request for Proposals for the supply of a new 1/2 Ton, 4x4, Crew Cab Truck and a new AWD, SUV. See the attached document for specifications and submission details.
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)
Notice - West Hants Planning Advisory Committee meeting - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - cancelled
Please be advised that the West Hants Planning Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015 has been cancelled.
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.
Employment Opportunity - GIS Technician
The Municipality of West Hants is currently accepting applications from qualified persons for the position of GIS Technician.
The GIS Technician provides GIS support to all Municipal departments, and will work with the Planning Technician in overseeing all municipal geographic data creation and maintenance, as well as preparing maps for all departments using ESRI software. Previous experience with Trimble GPS is an asset. This is a full time, permanent position with attractive benefits. The current salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
If you have a recognized Certificate or Diploma in GIS, are a detail-oriented self starter with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and are able to work in a fast paced team environment, this may be the career opportunity that you seek. We welcome recent grads! (See GIS Technician Job Description)
Submit a covering letter and resume with a current email address no later than June 1, 2015, to:
Municipality of West Hants
76 Morison Drive, PO Box 3000
Windsor NS B0N 2T0
Fax: (902) 798-8553
Tel: (902) 798-6900
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.
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.
Invitation to Serve
Citizens of West Hants interested in volunteering to serve as a member on an advisory board to Council are invited to complete and submit an application form.
The Police Advisory Board shall advise Council on all policing matters within and affecting the Municipality of West Hants. The Committee includes 2 councillors; 2 non-councillors; and 1 member appointed by the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice.
Those interested must be a resident of the Municipality of the District of West Hants. Those appointed to the Committee shall hold office for two years and applications will remain on file and be considered for any vacancies that might occur.
The Falmouth Watershed Landowner Representatives are encouraged to express landowner’s concerns and interests; advise and provide information on land use management and source water protection; and report any problems encountered within the watershed. The Committee consists of 3 councillors; 3 landowners; and a representative from each of the following: Nova Scotia Environment, Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Department of Natural Resources.
Those interested must own land in the Protected Water Area of the French Mill Brook Watershed. Those appointed to the Committee shall hold the term for a period of one year.
Applications must be residents of the Municipality of the District of West Hants.
Application forms will be received until November 14th, 2014 at 4:00p.m.
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.
Municipal Auditor Consolidated Financial Statement 2013-2014
Newsletter - Town of Hantsport Dissolution
The Town of Hantsport submitted a formal application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in May of 2014 to dissolve its town status effective April 1, 2015. A committee was established and is comprised of Transition Coordinator John Morash and representatives from the Town of Hantsport, the Province and both the Municipality of the County of Kings and the District of West Hants.
Click below for information regarding the transition as well as some key dates in the process.
Hantsport Governance Study
Governance Study Boundary Review Identifies Needed Changes
West Hants, August 19, 2014: A presentation to West Hants Council by Stantec, the consulting firm hired to review the arrangements for municipal council representation in the event The Town of Hantsport joins with West Hants, should the Town dissolve, revealed significant issues with the voter balance between 5 of 9 electoral districts within the Municipality of West Hants.
According to John Heseltine of Stantec, the Utility and Review Board considers a variance of 10% (+/-) from the overall average of the municipality’s districts as an appropriate balance. Some of West Hants districts exceed the variance significantly as can been seen in the presentation Hantsport Governance Study (3.28 MB)
The Municipality of West Hants is required this year to undertake a boundary review for approval by Council and submission to the URB by the spring of 2015. Whether or not the Town of Hantsport choses to partner with West Hants, we will be likely be required to significantly adjust our current district structures. The work the consultant has done provides valuable and useful information for Council, staff and the citizens of West Hants in our own boundary review process.
The Municipality of the District of West Hants would encourage its citizens to review the presentation and attend the August 26th meeting where the consultant will be giving his revised boundary proposal (emphasis on West Hants). The meeting will be held at the Windsor Community Centre, 78 Thomas St, Windsor from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Water Conservation Rebate Program
Want to save money on your water invoice now and for years to come?
The Three Mile Plains/Wentworth and Falmouth Water Utilities are pleased to offer their customers a rebate on their next water invoice if they install a Low-flow showerhead and/or toilet.
By removing older fixtures and installing low-flow options, you reduce your water consumption. Lower water consumption helps the environment and saves you money without changing your daily habits. For more information, see the attached brochure and application below.