Lunenburg Town Council Meeting Digest Re July 25, 2017
Public Hearings: Land Use Bylaw
The proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments re: (a) an artisan food and beverage production on Montague Street, and (b) zoning of the residential property next to the Homeport Motel on Victoria Road both had second readings, and were passed by Council.
If unchallenged during the mandatory appeal period, both will go into effect on August 17th.
Public Presentation: Tall Ships, Aug 10-12, 2017
Highlights included: A main entertainment tent, which will feature performers from the Folk Harbour Festival and other local talent. There will be 10 pop-up Taste of Nova Scotia tents, and licensed food vendors on Bluenose Drive. Other exhibits, like children’s activities, will be in the Fisheries Museum parking lot. There will be fireworks launched from a barge in the harbour on the Friday evening (Aug 11) at about 9:30pm.
Parking and traffic:
- Bluenose Drive will be closed to traffic from Wed, Aug 9th, 5:00 p.m. through to Sun, Aug 13th, 9:00 a.m.
- Satellite parking will be set up at locations outside the Old Town, with shuttle buses moving people from the parking sites to the Montague Street stairs from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. each day. The parking sites are: the Community Centre, old Ultramar site on Victoria Road, Railway Museum, bowling lanes, and the field below the cemetery on Starr Street. A lot on Shipyard Hill will be reserved for employees of Town businesses.
Julie Lobb of the Lunenburg Board of Trade demonstrated their new ShowMe interactive map of the town, which is now live! The map will show which ship is docked where, washrooms, restaurants and accommodations, etc. This will continue to be updated with Tall Ships specifics, including parking and shuttle routes. The map can be accessed via the front page of the LBOT website.
Other Public Presentations
Tricia Cochrane and Dr. Lynne Harrigan of the Nova Scotia Health Authority presented to Council on physician resource planning. The percentage of people without a family doctor in NS is 10.6%. A service launched in Nov 2016, “811 Find a Family Practice”, is available to assist residents.
Doug Langley presented on strategies for organizing the Lunenburg Harbour Mooring Field for both pleasure craft and commercial access. There is increasing demand for moorings, so a more efficient, safe allocation of space is required.
Unfinished & New Business
- Committee reports were provided for the South Shore Regional Library Board and Lunenburg Academy Finance and Governance Committees.
- The Finance Director presented 2016/17 Year End operating and capital funding financial reports. Council agreed to reallocate operating fund savings to the capital projects to reduce capital borrowing requirements, and surpluses in the Water and Electric Utilities will flow to their capital reserves for future projects as well.
- The Town’s Audit Committee meeting on July 27 highlighted the Town’s 2016/17 exemplary audited financial statements and strong financial internal controls meeting all municipal, Provincial and national accounting standards.
- The Second Story Women’s Centre grant request for $250 for their “Girl Talk” summer program was approved.
- The Lunenburg Academy exterior conservation project tender was awarded to Schooner Contracting Ltd. for Phase 1. Parks Canada announced a grant of $1 million to assist in this project on July 26th.
- Water & Wastewater treatment test results met all requirements. Recent warm, dry weather though, has led to some areas in Town experiencing sewer odour which staff are addressing by cleaning catch basins, pumping stations and other aspects of the treatment system, installing additional back flow vents, and once funding is secured, a bio-filter system.
- Lincoln, Pelham and Brook Streets water and sewer Infrastructure projects are proceeding on schedule. A more detailed project update can be found in the full meeting minutes.
- Thank you to everyone who came out to this week’s meeting.