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The annual Lunenburg Fishermen’s Memorial Service was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 on the waterfront in honour of the many men who have lost their lives while pursuing their livelihood in the fishery.
The Bridgewater Fire Department Band provided the music assisted by the voices of a massed choir of various local churches. Mayor Bailey read the Roll of Honour which included the names of those fishermen lost in the years ending in seven (7) covering the last century.
Those present proceeded to a working fishing boat where wreaths were placed aboard to be taken out to sea. The ceremony continued as the wreath-bearing vessel steamed to open water where the clergy aboard performed a prayer of committal and the wreaths were deposited in memory of the lives lost.
Lunenburg’s Mayor and Council are committed to a clean environment for the community, including its historic Front Harbour.
The Town of Lunenburg has actively pursued and implemented a range of projects over the past two decades to improve the quality of the harbour waters. While the harbour falls under Federal government jurisdiction, Mayor Rachel Bailey says, “Lunenburg Harbour is the lifeblood of the community, and we need to do whatever we can to look after it.”
Lunenburg has had a sewage treatment facility since 2003. This facility has undergone a number of significant upgrades in recent years, including the installation of a sludge dewatering system in 2015 to improve treated effluent and reduce costs, and a new interior ventilation system in 2016. At construction, it was expected that an exterior odour control system would not be necessary due to the treatment technology, but now an odour control “Biofilter” system at an estimated cost of $1.3 million is planned, for which Town Council is awaiting senior government funding.
Aging 100+ year-old sewage and water pipes serving the Town’s 2,300 residents and approximately 400,000 annual visitors have required significant investment. This year’s separation of storm and sanitary sewers, and new water mains along three major streets, were at a cost of $4.4 million with support from the Federal and Provincial governments’ Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
The Town has also worked with the Harbour Authority of Lunenburg, in response to the concerns of local fishermen who operate from the Inshore Fishermen’s Wharf, to study options for extending the adjacent treated and overflow sewer outfall pipe further offshore. The 2014 cost estimate for the completion of this work is $775,000.
In the interim, Town Council approved the following motion at their August 22, 2017 meeting to pursue additional options to improve the quality of treated effluent from Lunenburg sewage treatment plant: “…draft a terms-of-reference for a full wastewater treatment system study with recommendations to determine what improvements and new technologies could be implemented for Council to review.”
The Town continues to conduct regular tests of all treated wastewater leaving the treatment facility, and consistently meets Federal and Provincial treatment standards. In addition, the Town began testing the Lunenburg Harbour water quality last year, then this summer expanded the voluntary testing to a variety of locations along the Lunenburg waterfront to determine Enterococci recreational use levels (a bacteria present in marine conditions) to share with the public.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Harbour Authority of Lunenburg for ongoing improvements. We are committed to helping to ensure our working waterfront’s prominence in Nova Scotia and around the world as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” says Mayor Bailey.
For more information please contact:
Mayor Rachel Bailey
Town of Lunenburg
For general information on wastewater treatment in the Town of Lunenburg, please visit: https://www.explorelunenburg.ca/wastewater-treatment.html
Mayor Bailey reviews the 2016/17 fiscal year audited financial statements with Paul Belliveau and Lisa Dagley.
The Audit comfirmed the financial statements fully comply with all Municipal, Provincial and Federal accounting requirements. The Town has consistently met these standards over the years.
Ms. Dagley, who is responsible for the delivery of the financial statements for the Town of Lunenburg stated she is pleased with the outcome of this year’s operations and the results of the audit.
The Town of Lunenburg is holding a Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 from 10:00am-5:00pm at the Lunenburg Community Centre.
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