Municipality of the County of Inverness

Municipality Launches Clean Energy Financing Program

Municipality Launches Clean Energy Financing Program

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI –The Municipality of the County of Inverness, in partnership with the Clean Foundation of Nova Scotia, launches the Clean Energy Financing Program. The program offers support towards home energy improvements that will save residents money.

The Clean Energy Financing Program will enable eligible homeowners to access long-term financing to make their homes more energy efficient. Participants in the program will work with the Clean Foundation of Nova Scotia to schedule a Home Energy Assessment with a qualified advisor. The assessment will determine the most appropriate upgrades for the home. These upgrades could include improvements such as new insulation, weather stripping, new windows, heat pumps, and hot water tank recommendations. Once energy upgrades are completed, homeowners will receive a notice of repayment from the Municipality with their property tax bill, and will submit monthly re-payments at a 1.5 percent interest rate for up to 15 years. The Clean Foundation of Nova Scotia team will ensure homeowners have access to all available rebates and incentives for eligible energy efficient upgrades.

“Inverness County is one of two Municipalities in Cape Breton to offer the Clean Energy Financing Program.” said Keith MacDonald, CAO of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “This program is will make it easier for residents to make home energy improvements by reducing the burden of the up-front costs and enabling residents to make repayments over a longer timeframe.”

Visit cleanenergyfinancing.ca/inverness/ to learn more and apply for the program. There is an annual maximum number of participants who can enter the program and as such interested homeowners are encouraged to apply to participate as soon as possible.

For questions, visit cleanenergyfinancing.ca/inverness/ or email special.projects@invernesscounty.ca.

Media Contact

Maura Beaton
Special Projects Facilitator
Municipality of the County of Inverness
375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS B0E 2W0
Maura.beaton@invernesscounty.ca
902.323.0660


Une municipalité lance un programme de financement de projets écoénergétiques

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – COMTÉ D’INVERNESS, UNAMA’KI – La Municipalité du comité d’Inverness lance le programme Clean Energy Financing en collaboration avec la Clean Foundation of Nova Scotia. Ce programme offre un moyen de financer les améliorations énergétiques domiciliaires qui permettront aux résidents d’économiser de l’argent.

Le programme Clean Energy Financing donne aux propriétaires admissibles la possibilité d’accéder à des emprunts à long terme pour la réalisation de rénovations qui permettront d’améliorer la performance énergétique de leur maison. Les participants au programme travailleront avec la Clean Foundation pour planifier une évaluation énergétique résidentielle avec un conseiller qualifié. Cette évaluation déterminera les améliorations les plus appropriées pour la maison. Les travaux pourraient comprendre l’installation de nouveaux isolants, de coupe-froid, de nouvelles fenêtres, de thermopompes ainsi que des recommandations sur les réservoirs d’eau chaude. Une fois les travaux d’amélioration énergétique terminés, les propriétaires recevront un avis de remboursement de la part de la municipalité avec leur facture d’impôt foncier, et ils soumettront des remboursements mensuels à un taux d’intérêt de 1,5 % pendant une période maximale de 15 ans. L’équipe de la Clean Foundation veillera à ce que les propriétaires aient accès à tous les rabais et incitatifs disponibles pour les améliorations écoénergétiques admissibles.

« Le comté d’Inverness est l’une des deux municipalités du Cap-Breton à offrir ce programme de financement », a déclaré Keith MacDonald, directeur général de la Municipalité du comté d’Inverness. « Grâce à ce programme, il sera plus facile pour les
résidents d’apporter des améliorations énergétiques à leur domicile, car ils n’auront pas à assumer le fardeau des coûts initiaux et ils pourront rembourser le prêt sur une plus longue période ».

Visitez le site cleanenergyfinancing.ca/Inverness/ pour en savoir plus et présenter une demande. Le programme accepte un nombre maximal de participants par année; par conséquent, les propriétaires intéressés sont invités à présenter une demande le plus tôt possible.

Pour toute question, consultez le site cleanenergyfinancing.ca/Inverness/ ou communiquez avec nous par courriel à special.project@invernesscounty.ca.

Personne-ressource pour les médias :

Maura Beaton
Facilitatice de projets spéciaux
Municipalité du comté d’Inverness
375, rue Main, Port Hood (Nouvelle-Écosse) B0E 2W0
Maura.beaton@invernescounty.ca
902-323-0660

Facility Closure Update

Municipal Offices Closed Monday September 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2022

Municipal Offices Closed Monday September 19

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – Notice to residents. Municipal Offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 19 to observe the provincial holiday in honour of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service.

This follows the Government of Canada declaration of a National Day of Mourning on September 19, 2022, which was recognized by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Curbside collection will not be affected.

Media contact:

Maura Beaton
Special Projects Facilitator
Municipality of the County of Inverness
375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS B0E 2W0
Maura.beaton@invernesscounty.ca
902.323.0660

BOIL WATER ORDER: Port Hastings Water System

Please note: As of April 11, this boil order is no longer in effect.

April 8, 2022

Please be informed that users of the Port Hastings Water System are currently under a boil water advisory as a public health preventative action. This is due to a major water main break causing a massive loss in water from the water storage tower and higher than normal turbidity. Strict water conservation orders are also in place until the level of water in the storage tower has been restored.

Residents and users are advised to follow preventive measures using water to ensure its safety prior to consumption or use:

  • Bring tap water to a rolling boil and maintain for a minimum of 1-2 minutes
  • Cool water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing beverages and food.

To conserve water, please:

  • Do not take baths and take short showers;
  • Do not wash vehicles;
  • Use the dishwasher or clothes washer only with a full load.

Please share widely with neighbours, friends, visitors, and members of vulnerable populations such as seniors who may be living alone.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Notice of Second Reading: By-Law 51: Vending By-Law

NOTICE OF SECOND READING

Proposed Adoption of By-Law for the

Municipality of the County of Inverness

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Municipality of the County of Inverness will consider the adoption of the following By-Law:

By-Law No. 51:

VENDING BY-LAW

The purpose of By-Law No. 51: VENDING BY-LAW is to regulate the sale, or offering for sale, of food, beverages, goods or merchandise not in an enclosed permanent structure, whether on Municipal property or private property within the Municipality. This By-Law will repeal and replace By-Law 15: Auctioneers, Pedlars, Hawkers, and Traders of Goods, which was approved by Municipal Council on July 11, 1994.

On October 7, 2021, Council accepted and approved First Reading of the above By-Law. Council held a Public Hearing for the above By-Law on August 5, 2021.

The motion to adopt By-Law No. 51: VENDING BY-LAW will be presented to Council for Second and Final Reading at the Regular Council Meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 3:00pm in Council Chambers located at 375 Main St., Port Hood, NS, BOE 2W0.

A copy of By-Law No. 51: VENDING BY-LAW can be inspected online by clicking here or at the office of the Municipality of the County of Inverness, 375 Main St., Port Hood, NS.

If you have any further questions, please call 902-787-3501.

February Tax Sale to be by Tender Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8th, 2020

February Tax Sale to be by Tender Process

PORT HOOD, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness’ first tax sale of the year will be conducted via a closed tender process. This decision was made by Council in concertation with Municipal staff to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and to follow provincial public health gathering guidelines.

Tenders will be accepted until 2:00 pm Atlantic Standard Time on Friday, February 5th.

Instructions on the tender process and the list of properties up for sale are available at

https://invernesscounty.ca/services/finance-taxation/tax-sales/. For more information on available properties or questions regarding the process, please call 902-787-3510 or email bmacdonald@invernesscounty.ca.

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Media contact:

Karolyn Aucoin

Communications & Community Engagement Specialist

Municipality of the County of Inverness

902-258-7513

Inverness County Council Elects New Warden & Deputy Warden

During the Municipality of the County of Inverness Special Council Meeting held Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Judique Community Hall, three new Councillors and three incumbents were sworn into office by Justice of the Peace Lynn van de Ven.

This new Council, compromised of Alfred Poirier (District 1), Laurie Cranton (District 2), Bonny MacIsaac (District 3), John MacLennan (District 4), Lynn Chisholm (District 5) and Catherine Gillis (District 6), also elected Inverness County’s new Warden and Deputy Warden.

Councillor Laurie Cranton was elected Warden and Councillor Bonny MacIsaac was elected Deputy Warden. Both Warden Cranton and Deputy Warden MacIsaac were also sworn into their respective offices.

Municipal Council and staff would like to sincerely thank the previous Council for their years of dedication and guidance and look forward to continuing their work.

Community of Inverness: Conservation Order In Effect

NOTICE FOR RESIDENTS OF THE COMMUNITY OF INVERNESS: WATER CONSERVATION ORDER STILL IN EFFECT
July 6, 2020
Currently, it is necessary for users of the Community of Inverness Water System to conserve water. Please:
– Take shorter showers and no baths;
– Do not water your lawn or gardens;
– Do not fill swimming pools;
– Do not let your faucet run when washing or rinsing;
– Avoid washing clothes as much as possible;
– Keep a bottle of water in the fridge to avoid letting water run to get a cold drink;
– Do not wash your car;
– Flush your toilet less often.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please share this message with any friends, neighbours, seniors and visitors who may not have access to the Municipal Facebook page.

Inverary Manor: Courtyard Visit Guidelines

We have received much feedback about our “Court Yard” visits and appreciate your comments.  We are very fortunate that the design and security features of Inverary Manor allow for the safe enjoyment of the outdoors for Residents, in this time of a world-wide pandemic.  It also allows us to offer outdoor visits in a way that is consistent with Directives from the Office of The Chief Medical Officer for NS, including the requirements to adhere to social distancing guidelines and maintain the 5 person gathering rule.

Visitors do not actually come into our court yards (or enter our building). Family of our Residents are well acquainted with the property at Inverary Manor and understand that our Court Yards are gated.  There is a barrier on the inside of each courtyard which creates a space of about 25 feet between the Resident (who will be inside the courtyard) and the visitor(s) who are outside the gate.

Courtyard visits will take place under the following guidelines:

  • Visits must be pre-scheduled by contacting the individual “Villa” where a resident is living.
  • No more than 2 visitors from a family household, per resident, per visit.
  • Visits will be a maximum of 15-20 minutes
  • Visitors are to come to the designated courtyard at the pre-scheduled time and stand outside the gate to see and talk with their loved one. A staff member will accompany your loved one to the courtyard and remain there during the visit.
  • We ask families when they arrive on our premises to wait until after a visiting party has left the gated area before approaching the courtyard gate.

The safety and well being of our Residents are always at the forefront of our decisions.  Inverary Manor continues to explore ways to address the companionship needs of our Residents and connection with their families.  As the days are getting warmer, we look forward to the opportunity for our Residents to enjoy the outdoors and also connect with loved ones in a safe and responsible manner, always working within and adhering to the necessary directives of the Office of The Chief Medical Officer, Public Health.

Kindest regards,

Stephen Doiron,

Administrator

Neptune Water Meter Installation Precautionary Measures

The Inverness County Water Utility is pleased to announce Phase Two of the Neptune Water Meter Project will begin May 25th, 2020. If you have not yet had a new water meter installed at your property, you can now book your appointment by calling 902-787-2274. Appointments are available from Monday, May 25th to Saturday May 30th between 8:00am and 8:00pm and residents are asked to book as soon as possible while there is still availability.

Neptune and the Municipality of the County of Inverness have taken several steps to ensure the health of safety of both residents and staff during this process. These steps include checking technicians’ temperatures every four hours during the workday, stringent sanitization routines for equipment, and more. For a full list of how Neptune is working to keep property owners/occupants safe, please see below or download the document here.

At Neptune, the safety and well-being of both the property owner/occupant and our technicians are always our top priority. Rest assured that we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are taking precautionary measures to aid in keeping our communities safe. As part of the essential service of providing safe and clean drinking water to our utilities’ customers, we are committed to implementing best practices to help prevent the spread of disease while ensuring a high level of customer service.

To help with prevention, we are taking the following precautionary measures to protect both the property owner/occupant and our technicians:

  • Neptune technicians will check their temperature at the start of each day before they are approved to begin work and every 4 hours thereafter. Any technician that shows any signs of illness/symptoms will be asked to stay home and self-isolate.
  • Neptune technicians will maintain a minimum of 6-feet separation from residents when entering and exiting the home.
  • Neptune technicians will ask owner/occupants to open all doors and/or panels in route to the water meter wherever possible.
  • Neptune technicians will ask owner/occupants to remove any objects surrounding the water meter.
  • Neptune technicians will wash their hands before and after each job. This will be done with a soap and water solution or using an alcohol-based sanitizer that is greater than 60% alcohol.
  • At an owner/occupant’s request and where required by the Utility, Neptune technicians will wear a mask and gloves. When used, the appropriate protocols will be used to properly don and doff the mask.
  • Neptune technicians will sanitize personal protective equipment and tools after each use.
  • We have altered our practices so that an owner/occupant is no longer required to provide a signature before work starts or after the work is complete. Alternatively, Neptune will ask you to take a thumbs up picture of an addressed envelope to confirm your address and satisfaction with the completed work.
  • Neptune technicians will leave our emergency number at the meter should you have any questions or concerns after the installation.
  • We ask that anyone with any signs or symptoms of illness notify Neptune prior to the technician’s arrival and reschedule the appointment for a later date.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your understanding during this challenging situation. Should you have any questions or concerns prior to booking your appointment, please feel free to call 1-800-667-4387.