- Municipal Services
Norway’s Ambassador to Canada, H. E. Anne Kari Hansen Ovind, made a visit to Lunenburg yesterday; Sunday, March 11.
Ambassador Ovind and a contingent of Norwegian naval personnel currently docked in Halifax made a trip to Lunenburg to tour sites related to Camp Norway. Mayor Rachel Bailey greeted them along with Cheryl Lamerson, President of the SS Genealogy Society, who led the tour around Town.
Wreaths were laid at the Norwegian monument at the cenotaph and at the monument at the Camp Norway site on Tannery Road.
See below for photos of our distinguished guests.
Correspondence and Committees
- Lunenburg County District RCMP provided their 2017 Overview report (see package). This summarizes data such as the 17% reduction in property crime in Lunenburg County, the fifth consecutive reduction. Property crime was 9% and crime against persons was 5% of the annual occurrences, with fully 51% being traffic related – drive safely!
- The Liaison & Oversight Committee of the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network (SSREN) recommended an increase to the funding provided to the REN by the nine municipalities it supports for business development. Council approved the budget increase which can potentially be matched by the Provincial government.
- The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (soon to be re-named the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities) held a roundtable discussion with several Provincial Cabinet ministers last month. They also submitted resolutions on connectivity, doctor shortages, roads, affordable housing, CAP and governance of the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) for their Fall Conference.
Unfinished and New Business
- A reminder that “Town Talks” conversations with the Mayor and Councillors are scheduled for Feb. 28th. UPDATE: A total of 48 people came out to the three sessions on Wednesday, and a diverse range of topics were discussed with Mayor Bailey, Deputy Mayor Mosher, and Councillors Bachman, Carnevale and McGee. Informal notes from the sessions will be shared publicly. Thanks to those who participated.
- Finance: The monthly budget variance report for January 2018 was reviewed showing the year to date budget on track (see package).
- Council approved an in-kind grant to the Second Story Women’s Centre to use the kitchen and kitchen supplies at the Community Centre for the “One Billion Rising” event on March 8th.
- Council approved advertising in the Travel Lunenburg 2018 Visitors’ Guide.
Thanks to all who came out!
The Town of Lunenburg is accepting applications from non-profit and charitable community organizations until March 31. The Lunenburg Town Council will consider potential grants during their Spring budget deliberations. Successful applicants will be notified.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2018 (Lunenburg, NS) – The Town of Lunenburg and Lunenburg Academy Foundation are pleased to provide an update on the exterior restoration work at Lunenburg Academy, a National Historic Site.
The new Board of Directors has met on governance, established working committees, and continues its focus on organizational planning.
Good progress is being made on the exterior restoration, despite the setback of the scaffolding collapse on the south side of the building in the storm of January 4, 2018. The wrap on a scaffold such as the one on the Academy is designed to tear away to allow wind to blow through open pipe when wind reaches a velocity of 80 km/hr. In this case, preliminary investigation indicates that the gusts reached up to 120km/hr so quickly that the entire structure was lifted and fell before the tearaway could happen. Fortunately, the contractor Coastal Restoration & Masonry was on site quickly to secure the area. Scott Burke, Interim Executive Director, says the incident will add to the timeline of the project, but not to the cost.
The North side of the building is nearly completed. The work includes stripping the old lead-laden paint right down to the wood using a gel substance to ensure that no particles escape. The old paint is loaded into drums and removed to a facility in Quebec for disposal. The shingles are sanded, replaced where necessary, and new primer and paint applied. Windows are also being removed, the sashes being repaired and painted, and the original glass restored and re-glazed. Roofing shingles are being replaced as needed. Schooner Contracting has found that most of the original wooden decorative features are solid – the Academy was built well in 1895!
Phase 1 of the $2 million external restoration on three sides of the building has been funded by up to $1 million from Parks Canada, $500,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, $200,000 from the Lunenburg Academy Foundation’s fundraising efforts, and the remainder from the Town of Lunenburg. The Town and Foundation are actively working on the funding formula for Phase 2, the front of the building.
Interior renovations for the Lunenburg Public Library have been completed and the Foundation looks forward to timing the move and opening of the Library with the completion of Phase 1. A Heritage Interpretive Classroom recreating an 1940s-era class environment is in development on the first floor.
Tenant recruitment is ongoing. “The Academy is currently in negotiations with potential tenants for the remaining office spaces on the second floor,” says Burke. “Requests for Proposals for a café and a gallery/retail space on the first floor will be issued to be timed with the opening of the Library.”
Current tenants of the Lunenburg Academy include the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP), Class Afloat West Island College International, South Shore Genealogical Society, Sculptor Chippie Kennedy, and Craig Munroe Financial Management.
About Lunenburg Academy The Lunenburg Academy is a key landmark in the town of Lunenburg and one of the most remarkable heritage buildings in the Province. Well-known New Brunswick architect H.H. Mott designed the Academy in 1893. The building was completed in 1895, and opened for class on November 7, 1895. It was constructed as part of Nova Scotia’s shift from one-room schoolhouses to public academies and operated continuously as a public educational building from 1895 until 2012. The Lunenburg Academy is the only surviving intact 19th century Academy building in Nova Scotia.
About the Lunenburg Academy Foundation Since its inception in 1981, the non-profit registered charitable Lunenburg Academy Foundation has served its school well. Comprised of alumni both of former staff and students, community members, and otherwise interested citizens, the Foundation’s mandate has always been the care, preservation and restoration of the building. That mission is alive and well today, for the betterment of the Town and to make the building accessible to present and future generations. Since the implementation of the Academy’s Future Use Business Plan in 2015, the Foundation has participated in renovations to the facility as it transitions from a public school to a vibrant Community Cultural Centre.
For further information, please contact:
Scott Burke Interim, Executive Director, Lunenburg Academy Foundation