REVISIONS TO THE PRELIMINARY LIST OF ELECTORS
The preliminary list of electors has been prepared for the upcoming Municipal Special Election in Polling District 9 Falmouth. The Returning Officer may make additions or corrections to the list upon application by telephone, fax, email, or in person.
To be on the List of Electors you must be:
- 18 years of age or older on ordinary polling day
- Be a Canadian citizen on ordinary polling day
- Be an ordinary resident of the Municipality for at least 3 months (on or before August 21, 2015) and continue to reside in District 9.
Electors living in Polling District 9 may find out if they are on the list of electors by:
- Visiting the Municipal office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from October 5 - 13, 2015 at 76 Morison Drive, or
- Contacting the Returning Officer between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from October 5 - 13, 2015.
You will be asked for your name, your address and your date of birth to confirm your identity prior to making any additions or corrections to the list of electors.
Kings Transit Discontinue Service Within West Hants
Kings transit received word from the Utility and Review board that the license amendment to discontinue transit service within Hants West has been granted effective 12:01 am October 1, 2015. Unfortunately this leaves no time to give the travelling public proper notice. Kings Transit will be advising through social media, drivers, CBC and local radio stations. Kings transit apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Fire Station - Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law Amendments
Notice of Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:00 pm
West Hants Municipal Building, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor, NS
TAKE NOTICE that Council of the Municipality of the District of West Hants intends to consider, and if deemed appropriate, approve amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) to enable a Fire Station at 22 Tonge Hill, in Garlands Crossing.
The staff report is available at the Planning office, 76 Morison Drive, Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and on this website.
09-02-15 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (Windsor, NS) - West Hants Council is pleased that the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs has recognized the Mediator’s Report of June 22, 2015 as a public document. The report represents the mediator’s assessment and general recommendations that she felt would be a suitable compromise solution between the Municipality of the District of West Hants and the Windsor Fire Department Society.
The mediator's report confirms that West Hants Council's long standing position has not been unreasonable. The mediator recommended an annual operating cost of $340,000 for both stations which would be an annual savings of $173,000 to the residents of West Hants, relative to what has been paid in recent years. She recommended that capital expenditures be funded out of Windsor Fire Department Society’s accumulated cash reserves from unexpended past funding from the Municipality - a large sum which the Municipality estimates to be in excess of $1 million - until such time that the accumulated reserve is drawn down to $200,000.
The mediator spoke to the beneficial ownership of the assets purchased with West Hants taxpayer funds, which simply means that if for any reason the Windsor Fire Department ceases to be a primary fire service provider for West Hants, the Municipality would receive the asset back or the residual value would be used to fund new assets for a successor fire service. In other words, assets bought with West Hants public funds are to be recognized as assets for the use of West Hants residents and not to be retained by the Windsor Fire Department or diverted for the use of the Town of Windsor’s fire service.
All the recommendations included in this report were accepted by West Hants Council as the basis for a reasonable compromise on June 23, 2015 and an offer to unconditionally enter into a contract reflecting the mediator’s recommendations was made to the Windsor Fire Department and was turned down.
In turn, the Windsor Fire Department presented a very different “Option A” to the Municipality. Among many of the differences between the mediator’s recommendations and “Option A” included no commitment that all capital expenses would be funded from the accumulated cash pile in Windsor Fire Department’s bank account paid for through taxes from ratepayers in West Hants. “Option A” did not give full beneficial ownership to the Municipality of new capital equipment even when it is 100% funded by West Hants. “Option A" also contained no recognition that all of the monies from West Hants' taxpayers had to be expended for the benefit of West Hants.
Although the Municipality of West Hants may have not always handled or responded well to the criticism around this dispute, it is grateful that this information is now out in the public forum. On August 31, 2015 West Hants Council approved a number of actions needed to have a high-quality replacement fire service in place by October 23, the date the Windsor Fire Department has given to withdraw fire service to West Hants. That process is well underway and residents are assured, despite what they may hear, public safety is not at risk.
CAO, Municipality of the District of West Hants
Community Forum - August 12th
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
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.
Snow Removal Operations 2015 - 2016
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
Irishman's Road Recreation Site - Multi-Purpose Trail - Trail System Phase 3 - Tender #REC 11-08-15
Compensation, Benefits and Entitlements Review for the Municipality of the District of West Hants RFPWH15-04
Review of Information Technology Services Methodology for the Municipality of the District of West Hants RFPWH15-05
PARKS AND OPEN SPACE PLAN FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF WEST HANTS - RFP REC06-08-15
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is seeking proposals from qualified consultants for the preparation of a Parks and Open Space Plan.
This ten (10) year plan will serve as a framework to ensure sound planning, quality development, practical maintenance operations, community stewardship and sustainability of our parks and open space properties within West Hants.
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