Your Story Matters! Housing: Now and into the future
We are looking for your help in the Housing Needs Assessment that will be used to:
• gain a better understanding of the housing needs and challenges faced by people in our community; • discover what would help people find and keep the housing they need; • identify supports needed for vulnerable populations to be successfully housed in their community of choice close to their social support networks; • support the community to meet the housing needs of vulnerable populations such as seniors, person with disabilities, individuals leaving domestic violence, homeless; and • support a shift from a crisis response to one that emphasizes prevention.
The survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, can be found at this link Housing: Now and into the Future Survey Paper copies of the survey can be found at the Municipal Office and can be mailed to: Housing Survey Public Health Services 4th Floor, Yarmouth Regional Hospital 60 Vancouver St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P4
Arrangements can be made by calling 1-877-742-0085 to fill out the survey over the phone or to receive a paper copy by mail.
The survey will be available until November 25th.
Green Carts are Coming to West Hants
Curbside collection of organics is coming to West Hants joining the 45 other municipal units in the Province that provide the service.
Since November 1998, organics have been banned from landfills. The expansion to include green cart collection for all areas serviced in West Hants would increase diversion potential 18% above the back-yard composting program currently being used in the region.
Green carts – FAQ
• Are there options on the size of the cart? It is expected there will be a couple of cart sizes available to choose from. A standard size will be provided with a smaller one available for those that would like it.
• Do I have to take a cart if I don’t want it? Each property will be provided a cart which will stay with the property. You may choose not to use it, and as long as there are no organics in your garbage or recyclables, your other materials will still be collected.
• Can I still backyard compost? Yes. It is your choice to either backyard compost or place it in the cart for collection.
• What goes in a green cart? All food waste is organic and can be placed in the cart including meat, bones, fish, dairy etc. that cannot go in a backyard composter. Soiled paper, paper towels/napkins and pizza boxes also go in the cart. Small amounts of leaf and yard waste will also be accepted. Clean corrugated cardboard (two flat sides with a wavy layer in between) still goes for recycling rather than in the cart.
• When will the collection start and how often will it be emptied? Starting April 1, 2018 with the roll out of the carts taking several weeks. The carts will be emptied every two weeks and placed out on garbage day.
• I have a long driveway and it will be difficult to get the cart from my house to the road. What can I do about this? This concern has been expressed in every area where carts have been provided. Once receiving a cart, many residents find they are easier to manage than they thought. Some suggestions are to leave the cart close to the road and carry materials to it or opt for a smaller cart.
• Can I use compostable bags to put my organics in and help keep the cart clean? Compostable plastic bags will not be accepted. Paper bags, boxboard (e.g. cereal boxes) and newspaper are all good ways to package organics to make it easier to get it to the cart and keep it clean. People may choose to keep their scraps in the freezer and only put them in the cart when it is collection day.
Highway 101 Twinning Project
On May 8, 2017, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal registered the Highway 101 Twinning Three Mile Plains to Falmouth Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.
The purpose of the proposed project is to twin and upgrade an existing two-lane section of Highway 101 from Trunk 14 (Exit 5) at Three Mile Plains to an area 2.5 km west of the Falmouth Connector (Exit 7) in Hants County, Nova Scotia. The existing highway section to be upgraded and twinned is approximately 9.5 kilometers. The project also includes upgrading of an existing tidal gate structure (aboiteau) at the Avon River causeway. Detailed design of the project is expected to be completed in 2018 but some construction could be initiated in the fall of 2017. It is anticipated that construction will take approximately five years.
On or before June 27, 2017 the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.
Public comments on the Registration will be accepted until June 7, 2017. Comments can be submitted in the following ways: