Director of Finance/Treasurer
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is pleased to welcome Martin Laycock as Director of Finance/Treasurer. Martin will be replacing Jerry Wood who retired from the Municipality on October 31st, 2014.
Martin has over eight years experience in financial, project and strategic management. Aspects of his experience include preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial data to create efficient processes as well as development and implementation of strategic initiatives.
Combined with his MBA and Certified Management Accountant designation, Martin has a strong foundation of accounting knowledge, financial skill and business acumen.
Cathie Osborne, CPA (CGA)
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
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.
NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF THE TOWNS OF WINDSOR AND HANTSPORT & THE MUNICIPALITY OF WEST HANTS!!!
The Towns of Windsor & Hantsport and the Municipality of West Hants are pleased to support the creation of the Avon Region Active Transportation Plan. In order for this to be successful we want YOU to be a part of the process! If you were not able to participate in the public engagement sessions we invite you to complete our short survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6VJ85KB
Get Active with Windsor & West Hants Recreation Departments!
FREE for all youth under the age of 19 years & FREE those 19 years and older if accompanied by a youth!
Press Release October 6, 2014 - Resignation of Cheryl Chislett, CAO
The Council of the Municipality of West Hants has today confirmed that it accepted a settlement negotiated by legal counsel whereby Ms. Chislett resigned as Chief Administrative Officer effective at the conclusion of September 23, 2014, and has committed to pay forthwith to the Municipality the aggregate sum of $11,275.71, the majority of which will be repaid as an offset to unpaid salary and vacation pay otherwise due to Ms. Chislett. The settlement details beyond this are confidential. The settlement negotiation followed the presentation of financial statements by the Municipality’s auditors which noted certain accounting irregularities involving the Chief Administrative Officer.
The settlement does not rescind or otherwise affect the Municipality’s referral to the RCMP that was noted in the financial statements.
As this involves a personnel matter, and privacy interests of an individual are involved, the Municipality will not be making any further statement about it at this time.
Warden Richard Dauphinee
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.
Avon Region Active Transportation Plan
The Towns of Windsor & Hantsport and the Municipality of West Hants are pleased to support the creation of the Avon Region Active Transportation Plan. In order for this to be successful we want YOU to be a part of the process! Watch for details on consultations to be held in early October, including a bike ride, walk, public meeting and on-line survey.
Photo: Kathy Aldous, Municipality of West Hants Active Living Coordinator, Troy Burgess, Engineering Technician, Town of Windsor (standing) Steffen Kaubler and Bruce Mans of Upland Urban Planning and Design Studio (seated) signing the contract for the Avon Region Active Transportation Plan.
Special Council Meeting - September 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
A Special Council meeting will be held on Monday September 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. for an in camera session for legal and negotiation purposes.
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.