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.
The Avon Region Active Transportation Plan
2015 Summer Employment - Recreation Department
Deadline to apply is Thursday April 2, 2015
Have fun and stay outdoors THIS winter!!
Nova Scotia Trails
Thank you to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for its financial support in relation to this project.
NS Trails is conducting a survey on trail use by women and girls in Nova Scotia and their involvement in the trails movement.
The brief survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. To begin, simply click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSTrails
The survey will close on January 26, 2015.
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.
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!
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.