June 27, 2017 Lunenburg Town Council Meeting Digest

Below is the Town Council Meeting Digest for Tuesday, June 27th. The full Minutes package is available on the Town website.

Committee Reports

• Recreation Committee: A presentation from NS Community, Culture and Heritage on the provincial strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia was shared with their minutes (see agenda package).

• General Governance Committee: Council approved motions to (a) fly the Pride flag in honour of Pride Week, and (b) a $500 grant to the Navy League (Sea Cadets) to offset the cost of their rental of the Community Centre Arena.

• Planning Advisory Committee: Council approved motions to give first reading and schedule a public hearing on July 25th for Land Use Bylaw amendments regarding (a) the Homeport Motel on Victoria Street, and (b) the proposed artisan food and beverage production facilities on Montague Street, which received a number of letters and emails of support.

Special Election – Nomination Deadline

Please note that nomination forms for Councillor are available, and must be filed at the office of the Returning Officer, Patrick A. Burke, Q.C., of Burke, Macdonald & Luczak, Barristers and Solicitors, 28 King Street, Lunenburg between 9:00am-5:00pm on nomination day Tuesday, July 4, 2017, or by appointment during the five business days preceding nomination day.

More information about the July 29th Special Election to fill one vacancy on Council can be found here:

Broad Street Boat Launch

Council approved the recommendation to finance the Broad Street boat launch site’s contaminated soil cleanup with an increase in the capital borrowing for the project. The total project estimate is $272,900, which includes a floating dock. The project is expected to be completed early this fall.
New Business

• Shared services: Council approved a proposal to appoint Rebecca Zolkower, a MODL employee, as a second Town building inspector.
• A request from the Lunenburg Board of Trade to re-allocate a $1,000 grant intended for the cancelled block parties to the holiday season Lighting of the Vessels event was approved.
• A two-year lease extension to the Navy League of Canada at 93 Victoria Street was approved.

Tall Ships 2017 Planning Update

A full update of activities for the event can be found in the Council agenda package. Please note:
• Bluenose Drive will be closed to traffic from Wed, Aug 9th, 5:00pm through to Sun, Aug 13th, 9:00am.
• Satellite parking will be set up at five locations outside the Old Town, with shuttle buses moving people from the parking sites to Montague Street from 10:00am-11:30pm each day.

The Planning report includes site preparation, food vendors, program agendas, and emergency planning. Activities will be promoted publicly as the event draws nearer. Pssst – there will be fireworks!

Summer Council Schedule

The mayor noted the reduced summer Council meeting schedule, with the next meetings scheduled on July 25th and August 22nd.

Thank you to everyone who came out to this week’s meeting.