“REMINDER: We have our first 2016 Bike Rodeo coming up on Monday, June 6th at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre from 6:00-8:30pm!
Our 2nd 2016 Bike Rodeo will take place at the West Hants Middle School on Monday, June 13th from 6:00-8:30pm.
New Summer Employment Opportunity
Are you or anyone you know interested in promoting our community and enjoy working with the public?
Election Officials for 2016 Municipal Elections
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is seeking individuals for the position of Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) and Poll Clerk (PC) for the Municipal Election to be held during October 2016.
DRO and PC’s must be available for one or more of the following dates:
October 8, 2016 – 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 11, 2016 – 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 15, 2016 – 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Applicants will be selected based on need, experience and availability. Successful applicants will be contacted in September 2016 to confirm availability and to schedule mandatory training.
Notice of Date Change - Planning Advisory Committee Meeting - May 26, 2016
Please be advised that the regular Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting has been changed to Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Notice of Ratepayers Meeting for the Areas of Avonport, Hants Border, Lockhartville, Bishopville and West Brooklyn
The Municipality of the District of West Hants will be holding a Ratepayers Meeting for the areas above to deal with the setting of an area rate. Funds raised from the area rate will be applied to the capital purchases for the Hantsport Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire protection to these areas. A map of this area is provided below.
Date: May 25, 2016
Place: Hantsport Volunteer Fire Department, 5 Oak Street, Hantsport
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The amount of the proposed area rate is 4.89 cents ($0.0489) per $100 dollars of taxable assessment. One ratepayer per property will be eligible to vote by secret ballot.
Example: A property with a taxable assessment of $100,000.00 would have an additional area rate charge of $48.95 per year.
Press Release - UARB Decision re: Electoral Boundaries
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (Windsor, NS) – The Municipality of the District of West Hants has instructed its Municipal Solicitor to take action to appeal the recent disappointing decision released by a single member of the Utility and Review Board (UARB) in regards to the Electoral Boundary Review of the Municipality which gives disproportionate voting power to one portion of West Hants, and increases the number of Councillors relative to West Hants’ proposal and its recent past history.
The decision to pursue dissolution was made by the Town of Hantsport’s Council, not the Municipality of West Hants. The Municipality was a respectful participant in the dissolution process. During the dissolution hearing the UARB was asked by the Municipality to consider the Electoral Boundary study (Stantec Study) which had been commissioned as part of the dissolution process. The three-member Board determined that there should be a separate hearing held at a later date based on that study.
The Municipality followed the directions of the UARB in the Hantsport Dissolution Decision and Order, and with Council’s support, submitted the Stantec Study which realigned the Municipality and the former Town of Hantsport into nine electoral districts and met the Board’s established voter parity guidelines.
The single member UARB decision to retain the Hantsport community as its own electoral district is not only unfair to the rest of West Hants citizens, but also contradicts the Board’s voter parity standards of each electoral district being within +/- 10% of the average number of electors per district.
In this recent decision, the UARB is instructing the Municipality to alter the results of the Stantec Study and create a -26% variance for the community of Hantsport. There is limited time available to make these changes before the October 2016 Municipal elections. The Municipality is required to arbitrarily realign the Municipality into ten districts; one more than the Stantec Study recommended. This is contrary to the current trend of council sizes in Nova Scotia. It also delays true political integration of Hantsport into the Municipality by perpetuating an artificial distinction based on the former Town boundaries.
Because of tight timelines between now and the election on October 15, Council has instructed staff to prepare the realignment in case the appeal is unsuccessful or too late to be of use for this year’s election, while its legal counsel undertakes the appeal to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
Warden, Municipality of the District of West Hants
Notice of Approval
Amendment to the Deed Transfer Tax By-Law and Private Roads By-Law
Take Notice that the Amendment to the Deed Transfer Tax By-Law and Private Roads By-Law received Second Reading and Approval by Municipal Council on March 8, 2016. Details of the approvals may be found below and copies of the By-Laws may be found in the Council section of the website.
Hants Senior Games 2016
The Hants Senior Games will provide seniors 55 or better with a terrific opportunity to meet new people in a friendly, competitive setting. These Games are open to all men and women, 55 or better, residing in Hantsport, Windsor or West Hants, or belonging to a seniors club in one of the above areas.
The Games will conclude with a closing ceremony open to ALL seniors with refreshments and presentation of awards.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS APRIL 15, 2016
Application for Facility Use
Notice to user groups
Please be advised that the Municipality of West Hants is implementing a new facility use agreement application process. If your community group is interested in using any municipally owned recreation site or facility the attached form is to be completed and returned with all necessary documentation to the West Hants Recreation & Parks Department.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (Windsor, NS) - The Concept of some form of government reform, particularly amalgamation, with West Hants and the Town of Windsor has been discussed in various forms for a number of years.
Council has stated that now is not the right time for West Hants to step into the amalgamation process as we are still in the process of working through the voluntary dissolution of Hantsport into West Hants last year. Knowing what is involved, Council does not think it would be responsible to start another similar process until the first has been fully implemented.
While West Hants Council has chosen to not begin the process of amalgamation with the Town of Windsor at this time, we respect the right of West Hants residents to have their voices heard through the petition process. West Hants will respond appropriately to the UARB, as required.