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.
Senior Safety Academy - Four Sessions Free
Hantsport Fire Hall - September 2, September 9, September 16 & September 23
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.
Tender Pound Keeping Services - Deadline for submission is 2:00 p.m. on, August 25, 2014
The Municipality of the District of West Hants and the Town of Windsor require pound keeping services consisting of boarding and feeding of dogs, as well as the collecting, remitting to the Municipality, the applicable storage and impoundment fees for an average of 6 dogs per month.
Director of Finance and Administration
Permanent Full Time Job Posting
The Municipality of West Hants, a growing and vibrant community located just 30 minutes from the provincial centre, is seeking an experienced professional for the position of Director of Finance and Administration.
Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Finance and Administration has overall management and direction of the financial affairs for the municipality and provides strategic advice to the CAO and Council. The Director will lead a team of staff who administer and deliver customer service, finance and accounting services for the municipality.
Upon appointment by the CAO, the Director of Finance and Administration will perform the duties of the Treasurer of the Municipality as required under the Municipal Government Act.
The preferred candidate will hold post secondary qualifications in commerce or related business field, an accounting designation and a minimum of five years accounting related experience, three in a supervisory capacity. Municipal experience will be considered an asset.
Accounting, financial statement preparation, financial controlling, strategic planning and budgeting are key technical requirements. The successful candidate should also possess strong inter-personal and excellent communication skills.
The Municipality of West Hants offers a competitive compensation package. A complete copy of the job description can be obtained at the Municipal Office or Director of Finance Job Description (467.38 kB)
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment and handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Nova Scotia.
Qualified applicants are invited to summit their CV or resume with cover letter, to the attention of the undersigned, no later than Monday, August 11, 2014 at 4:30pm
Cathie Osborne, CGA
Municipality of West Hants
PO Box 3000, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
New Water Utilities Rates and Regulations
As of July 1, 2014 the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has approved new schedules of rates, as well as a new schedule of rules and regulation for the Falmouth Water Utility and the Three Mile Plains-Wentworth Water Utility.
New water rates will be affective July 1, 2014; April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016.
The schedules can be viewed by clicking on the Public Works link or on the following:
Master Budget 2014
Please be Advised that the Council meeting scheduled for July 2nd at 7:00 has been cancelled.
Municipality of West Hants & Windsor Fire Department Agreement
The Municipality of West Hants and the Windsor Fire Department have reached an agreement that will prevent a fire service interruption. The Windsor Fire Department membership had passed a motion to suspend service on June 30th if an agreement had not been reached.
Interim payments, accepted by both parties, will be made by West Hants to the Windsor Fire Department to secure service through upcoming mediation. Planning is underway for the next phase of discussions.
Both parties are pleased with the outcome of negotiations that have taken place this week. They would like to thank staff for their tireless efforts and the community for its support and understanding.
Bulk Water Station - Token Cost Increase
Please be advised, effective July 1, 2014 the cost of a token for the Bulk Water Station will be $7.50.
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Financial Condition Index
The Financial Condition Index helps municipal councils and Nova Scotians make sense of municipal financial information by providing a variety of sources of information in a single document. The index is organized into three financial dimensions that focus on where municipalities get their revenue, how they spend their money, and how they manage their finances.
To view the Municipality of West Hants' FCI follow this link:
For Immediate Release
PRESS RELEASE – MAY 22, 2014
Municipality of the District of West Hants
Warden Richard Dauphinee
We understand that the ongoing issue with the payment to the Windsor Fire Department has upset many people. This was never our intent. We are pleased that the Minister of Service Nova Scotia has offered to assist all parties involved in the appointment of a mediator to help resolve this issue. The volunteers at the Windsor Fire Department provide exemplary service. They help keep us safe and for 60 years they’ve looked out for the residents of the Municipality of West Hants. We are grateful and fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who have our best interests at heart.
We too have the best interests of our residents at heart. This is simply and solely an issue of accountability. Who would hand over a cheque for half a million dollars without asking any questions? That is at the very heart of this matter. Council’s decision in favour of ending its long relationship with the Windsor Fire Department is about accountability or lack of it. It’s not about turf. It’s not about personality conflicts. It is about transparency and ensuring the residents of West Hants are paying fair value for the service.
Doing the due diligence around the cost for this service is responsible fiscal management. In fact, it’s so simple, all we need to understand is where our money goes. Our multiple requests for information to help us determine first-hand that there is equity and fairness behind the formula that determines the $500,000 bill have gone unanswered. Our requests to understand why the service costs will increase by approximately $50,000 each year are unexplained.
We understand that the Windsor Fire Department has audited financial statements that are accepted by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). But CRA is looking to confirm that proper accounting principles are used and money is accounted for but CRA is not looking to confirm that the taxpayers of West Hants are getting a fair deal.
The bottom line is that we have struggled to obtain simple information about how many calls were made to West Hants, and how much was invested in infrastructure. Any private sector company that provides services would be able to break down the costs for its clients. In fact, their clients demand it. Why should we expect any less from the Windsor Fire Department just because it’s a Society?
The Municipality and Windsor Fire Department last signed a contract in 2009-2010 for a combined total of $480,000 in funding for both the rural and South West Hants operations. The subsequent contract amounts presented by Windsor Fire Department to the Municipality in 2010 for the next five years are: Year 1 - $513,100; Year 2 - $557,000; Year 3 - $606,000; Year 4 - $657,750; and Year 5 - $677,000, for a five year total of $3,010,850.
If left unchallenged, by 2015, West Hants taxpayers could potentially give Windsor Fire Department $677,000 for fire service that year and we will have no more information about what is behind those costs than we do today. Would you be prepared to hand over $677,000 a year without knowing how this amount was determined or where the money is going?
Police Week 2014
Police Week 2014 was celebrated this year in Hants West with the theme "REMO, partners working together for the safety of our community."
The highlight of the event was a display of various pieces of equipment that support REMO in West Hants, set up at the Fort Edward Mall on May 14th. The event was a huge success with a great turnout from the public. A BBQ fundraiser was hosted by Sobeys with all the proceeds going to New Boundaries.
Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the event.