The following are the unofficial results for the Special Election District 9 2015:
Greg Miller - 215
Stacey d. Buchanan – 93 votes
The Official Count will take place in the Sanford Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 24th at 10 a.m.
Municipality of the District of West Hants Invites You to Serve!
Would you like to be engaged in your community? Would you like to have input in your municipal government?
The Municipality of West Hants has openings for citizen members on the following Committees of Council:
Planning Advisory Committee 2 Members 2-year term
Police Advisory Board 1 Member 2-year term
Landfill Liaison Committee 1 Member and 1 Alternate
These members may be any citizen of West Hants.
Falmouth Watershed Committee 3 Members 1-year term
Davidson Lake Watershed 1 Member 1-year term
These members must own land in the respective watershed.
Citizens of West Hants interested in serving on these committees are invited to send a letter stating interests and background to Cathie Osborne, CAO.
For additional information, please contact 902-798-6908.
Help Shape West Hants - November 26th
West Hants has a lot ot offer. While we've faced some challenges together, we invite you to join us as we move forward and shape something together.
We hosted a number of community forums over the summer to explore what makes West Hants the best of everything. We listened to what the community had to say and have been hard at work. We're ready to come back and share our findings with you.
We're holding one final session and we need your input to know what truly represents West Hants. Come out and be involved, have your say, and help shape the image of West Hants!
Bring your family, friends and neighbours.
Join us at the Hantsport Fire hall (5 Oak Street), Thursday, November 26th from 6:30-8:30.
NOTICE OF POLL
Special Election District 9 - Falmouth
The Municipality of the District of West Hants will hold a special election for a Councillor to represent District 9, Falmouth on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
CANDIDATES: Stacey D. Buchanan
ADVANCE POLL LOCATIONS
November 14, 2015 - 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m. Polling District 9A and 9B Falmouth District School, 30 School St., Falmouth
November 17, 2015 – 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm Polling District 9A and 9B Falmouth Community Hall, 147 Falmouth Back Rd., Falmouth
ORDINARY POLLING DAY LOCATIONS
November 21, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Polling District 9A and 9B Falmouth Community Hall, 147 Falmouth Back Rd., Falmouth
If you are unable to vote at a polling station due to illness, physical disability or absence from the Municipality, you may apply to vote by Proxy. Information about Proxy voting and application forms are available at www.westhants.ca or at the Municipal Office at 76 Morison Drive, Windsor. Proxy applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2015.
A map of polling divisions is available below.
You may confirm your polling division by contacting:
Rhonda Brown Chrystal Remme
Returning Officer Assistant Returning Officer
Phone: 902-798-6908 Phone: 902-798-6931
Rhonda Brown, Returning Officer
Where Do West Hants Parks Take You?
We would like to invite and encourage you, your family, friends, and co-workers to attend one of the MWH Parks and Open Space Public Consultation workshops to help us develop a plan to build, upgrade, and maintain parks, recreational areas, and sporting locations in West Hants!
- Three Mile Plains Hall Nov 5 (Thurs) 6:30-8:30 PM
- Hantsport Office Nov 8 (Sun) 2:00-4:00 PM
- Falmouth Elementary Nov 9 (Mon) 6:30-8:30 PM
- Dr. Arthur Hines School Nov 12 (Thurs) 6:30-8:30 PM
- West Hants Middle School Nov 16 (Mon) 6:30-8:30 PM
What is a Parks and Open Space Plan?
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is creating a plan that will show the outdoor places citizens cherish and the types of recreation citizens enjoy, such as:
- Swimming, playing baseball/soccer/archery/etc., hiking, equestrian activities, ATVing/snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, walking, photography, camping, relaxing, picnicking, gardening, playing, and many others!
The Municipality needs to ensure the appropriate recreation lands are available to citizens in the future. Parks and open space include publicly accessible land for community enjoyment. These may include:
- Water access points, sports fields, gardens, shorelines, public spaces, school yards, trails, roadsides, etc.
How can you and your organization get involved and contribute?
The Municipality needs you to describe your favorite outdoor places in the District. There are some different ways you can participate:
- Attend a workshop! (see the above dates, times and locations)
- Complete the survey! (),
- Comment on our Facebook page! (), or
All children and youth are welcome and younger ones can enjoy our kids’ crafting corner!
Hope to see you at one of our workshops!
If you are unable to attend one of our Parks & Open Space Workshop Consultations and would still like to contribute please complete our online survey by clicking the link below:
Where is my Fire District?
We have created an interactive tool that allows residents to easily find which fire district they live in. This free tool is available online using the link below.
If the link does not work; try another browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox, or update your Internet Explorer to the latest version.
Instructions on how to use this tool:
Just click on the magnifying glass in the upper left corner of the map and type in the civic address, then click the magnifying glass again. After the map has zoomed into the area, close the box by clicking the X in the upper right hand corner. Click on the orange circle on that address to see the information.
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.
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.