Municipality of the County of Inverness
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Municipal Partners to Begin Inverness Growth Strategy Study and Engagement Actions

INVERNESS, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness in partnership with Develop Nova Scotia and UPLAND Planning + Design Studio are beginning the community of Inverness Growth Management Strategy Study, with a first round of stakeholder and public engagement over the coming weeks. This includes the launch of a new portal on the Municipal website that leads to more information as well as an interactive tool to help residents provide input. There will also be targeted engagement sessions with key stakeholders within the community of Inverness, conducted over the phone or online to ensure the health and safety of both participants and facilitators.

The Growth Management Strategy will only be useful if it reflects the desires and priorities of the community. The Municipality of the County of Inverness is looking to stakeholders and citizens in order to fill specific information gaps related to growth potential, find out how changes might affect members of the community, identify opportunities for collaboration and ensure that the final Strategy focuses on real community benefits.

“The purpose of the Growth Management Strategy is to encourage growth that will benefit everyone in the community over the next few decades,” says Keith MacDonald, CAO of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “This means the Municipality and its partners must take into account the needs and desires of current residents including youth, newcomers and potential future residents, as well as businesses and non-profit organizations that do important work in the community of Inverness.”

Boasting two of the world’s top golf courses with a third slated to open in the near future, Inverness has become a key destination in the country and the world for golfers. As such, the community has subsequently seen economic growth and investment, as well as significant infrastructure pressures and challenges. 

Due to these challenges, the Municipality is taking the necessary steps to plan and prepare for a more sustainable future with regards to the community of Inverness’ growth, infrastructure and the quality of services delivered to residents. Complementing the Inverness Growth Management Strategy, other goals include increasing Municipal capacity to treat and manage wastewater, enable compliance with Federal and Provincial standards and ensure continued access to potable water,  allowing the Municipality to sustain and encourage residential and commercial growth while improving livability for community residents.

“This concept of livability is the core of these goals and the Inverness Growth Management Strategy,” says MacDonald. “The Municipality and its partners are hard at work so that the community of Inverness will be a great place to live and grow for years and years to come. This is an exciting project that will be replicated in communities throughout Inverness County.”

“Building places for people is at the heart of what we do. When we build places with community, we not only build authentic destinations that people love, we also build community,” says Jennifer Angel, CEO, Develop Nova Scotia.  “We look forward to working with our terrific partners and the people of Inverness, to build on the strengths of the region, to come up with some smart solutions, and to shape the future growth and sustainability of Inverness for everyone.”

Work will continue throughout Spring, Summer and Fall 2020. The Inverness Growth Management Strategy web portal can be found at www.invernesscounty.ca/invernessgrowthstrategy

UPLAND Planning + Design Studio is an award-winning collaborative team of landscape architects, planners and engagement specialists. Their understanding of rural Cape Breton communities, the impacts of a seasonal workforce on an area and the changing nature of coastal villages will be indispensable in the development of the Inverness Growth Strategy Plan. They have partnered with CBCL Limited, experts in environmental services and infrastructure, and Turner Drake, which boasts decades of experience in real estate solution planning and land-use management. The Municipality is confident that together, this team will design a plan for the future growth of the community of Inverness that will prioritize the values and interests of residents as well as the needs of visitors.

Develop Nova Scotia is a provincial crown corporation, working closely with communities and partners to build on the province’s natural assets. They aid in the development of strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth and work with communities and partners to make Nova Scotia an incredible place to live, work, invest and visit. For more information, visit https://developns.ca/

Inverness, Nova Scotia is a coastal community with kilometres of beautiful shoreline, two of the world’s top critically-acclaimed golf courses with a third to open soon, hard-working and kind residents, and a plethora of recreational, cultural and social engagement opportunities. It is one of many vibrant villages within the Municipality of the County of Inverness.

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Media contacts:

Karolyn Aucoin

Communications & Community Engagement Specialist

Municipality of the County of Inverness

902-258-7513

karolyn.aucoin@invernesscounty.ca

Erica Brook

Engagement Manager

UPLAND Planning + Design Studio

erica@uplandstudio.ca

Kelly Rose

Senior Communications Manager 

Develop Nova Scotia

media@developns.ca

902-222-6297

 

Municipality Releases Cellphone Service Expansion RFP

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness has released a request for proposals in order to address cellphone coverage gaps throughout the County of Inverness.

There are numerous communities in Inverness County that have limited or non-existent cell phone coverage. Cellular service providers can now submit proposals detailing plans to address gaps and deficiencies in cellular infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities in the County, including completing an assessment and map of cellular connectivity, adding communications infrastructure to improve cellular connectivity and helping identify resources to offset the cost of investment.

“Cellphone service is essential for the safety, prosperity and growth of communities,” stated Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie. “The Municipality has prioritized improving cellphone service for the residents and businesses of the County and the RFP will lead to new Municipal investments to ensure the challenges caused by lack of cellular service is addressed.”

The Request for Proposals closes June 25th, with evaluation of proposals to begin the following week. The Request for Proposals is available for download here as well as the Province of Nova Scotia’s procurement website.

The Municipality of the County of Inverness, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Breton Highlands and located on the Western and Northern side of Cape Breton, is home to over 14,000 people. It is known all over the world for its breathtaking viewscapes, its vibrant and unique culture, and its connection to nature, making it a popular tourist destination and a welcoming place to settle down.

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Media contact:
Karolyn Aucoin
Communications & Community Engagement Specialist
902-258-7513
Karolyn.Aucoin@invernesscounty.ca

Municipal Council Approves Changes to Payments

INVERNESS COUNTY, NS – The Municipality of the County of Inverness Council approved a series of motions at the April 9, 2020 Regular Council meeting that will assist in alleviating the financial burden on the businesses and residents of Inverness County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have been significantly impacted by the loss of revenues, and residents may be facing lay-offs and loss of income. The motions resulted in the following changes:

  1. Interest will not be applied to overdue property tax accounts for the months of March, April and May 2020. All interest applied prior to these dates will remain on overdue property tax accounts.
  2. Interest will not be applied to overdue water utility accounts for the months of March, April and May 2020. Any interest previously applied to overdue accounts will remain on the water utility accounts.
  3. The water utility bills to be mailed out in April 2020 for the billing period of January 1st to March 31st, 2020 will have an extended due date of an additional thirty (30) days.

“The Municipality understands that some people are facing extra challenges during this time,” said Betty Ann MacQuarrie, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “Municipal Council and staff hope that this can relieve some worries residents may have.”

To pay tax or water bills, residents can call 902-787-2274 or email whitney.macdonald@invernesscounty.ca.

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Municipality Awards Inverness Wastewater Treatment Plant System Assessment Report and Pre-Design Study

INVERNESS, NS — The Municipality of the County of Inverness has awarded the tender for the Inverness Wastewater Treatment Plant, System Assessment Report and Pre-Design Study to R.V. Anderson Associates Limited. The Request for Proposals sought out certified engineering services to complete a full system assessment, environmental risk assessment, as well as complete a pre-design study that includes noise and odour control and increased wastewater treatment capacity.

R.V. Anderson Associates Limited has been engaged in the provision of professional engineering, architecture, operations, and management services since 1948. They have offices in Moncton, Fredericton, London and Toronto and have been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. For the purposes of this work R.V. Anderson Associates Limited is partnering with Meco Engineering, based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Together their commitment to health and safety as well as their vast experience and leadership in wastewater infrastructure projects will ensure that a future wastewater treatment plant in the community of Inverness will meet the current needs of the community while also allowing for continued commercial and residential growth.

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Municipality to Postpone Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of the County of Inverness will be postponing the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner until further notice. The evening celebrating some of the County’s dedicated volunteers was originally scheduled to take place May 13th, 2020 and will instead be rescheduled to a date to be announced at a later time.

The deadline for nominating a deserving volunteer to be recognized is April 24th, 2020. To nominate someone or for any questions, please contact Lisa Organ at 902-787-3507 or lisa.organ@invernesscounty.ca.

Green For Life to Begin Solid Waste Collection

As of April 1st 2020, curbside solid waste and recycling collection in the Municipality of the County of Inverness will be performed by Green for Life Environmental (GFL).

Residents will not see a change in pickup schedule at this time with all routes being maintained by GFL. Any schedule changes that may occur in the future will be announced in advance.

Municipal staff completed a detailed review of the request for proposal that was submitted by GFL in the Spring of 2019 and GFL was subsequently awarded the contract by the Municipality. GFL is a North American leader in solid waste management and other environmental services. The company is known for their commitment to safety, customer service and cost-effective solutions. Along with their 8 regional offices in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, GFL has a bilingual community concerns line, will follow and enforce any Municipal by-laws, and has in-house maintenance capabilities.

À partir du 1er avril 2020, la collecte des déchets solides et du recyclage dans la Municipalité du comté d’Inverness sera assurée par Green for Life Environmental (GFL).

Les résidents ne verront pas de changement dans l’horaire de collecte pour le moment, tous les itinéraires étant maintenus par GFL. Tout changement d’horaire qui pourrait survenir à l’avenir sera annoncé à l’avance.

Le personnel municipal a effectué un examen détaillé de la demande de proposition qui a été soumise par GFL au printemps 2019 et GFL s’est vu attribuer le contrat par la Municipalité par la suite. GFL est un leader nord-américain dans la gestion des déchets solides et d’autres services environnementaux. L’entreprise est connue pour son engagement en matière de sécurité, de service à la clientèle et de solutions rentables. Avec ses huit bureaux régionaux en Nouvelle-Écosse et au Nouveau-Brunswick, GFL dispose d’une ligne téléphonique bilingue pour les préoccupations de la communauté, suivra et appliquera tous les règlements municipaux et dispose de capacités de maintenance internes.

Municipal Recycling Facility to Close Temporarily

In response to COVID-19 concerns and to help protect the health and safety of staff, the Municipality of the County of Inverness has temporarily closed the Strathlorne Recycling Facility. This temporary closure will be effective as of March 25, 2020 at 4:00pm through to April 1, 2020. An operational update on the Strathlorne Recycling Facility will be provided to the public before the end of the day on April 1, 2020.

There will therefore be no curbside recycling pickup (blue bags) on all routes starting on March 26 until April 1st.

The Municipality would also like to remind residents to always clean and properly sort their recyclables prior to pickup. Download the Municipality’s sorting guide here.

En réponse aux préoccupations du COVID-19 et pour aider à protéger la santé et la sécurité du personnel, la Municipalité du comté d’Inverness a temporairement fermé le centre de recyclage de Strathlorne. Cette fermeture temporaire sera effective à partir du 25 mars 2020 à 16h00 jusqu’au 1er avril 2020. Une mise à jour opérationnelle du centre de recyclage de Strathlorne sera fournie au public avant la fin de la journée du 1er avril 2020.

Il n’y aura donc pas de collecte de recyclage (sacs bleus) à partir du 26 mars jusqu’au 1er avril.

La Municipalité souhaite également rappeler aux résidents de toujours nettoyer et de trier correctement leurs produits recyclables avant la collecte. Téléchargez le guide de tri de la Municipalité ici.

Municipality of the County of Inverness Releases COVID-19 Information Packages

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness has developed a COVID-19 information package for residents as part of the Municipality’s overall Pandemic Response Plan.

“The handout sums up many important issues related to COVID-19,” said the Municipality’s CAO Keith MacDonald. “It will give our residents a resource to use if they have questions or need to contact someone at the local or provincial level about their particular situation.”

The package contains a variety of information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including government contact information, best practices for hygiene and recommendations on caring for individuals who may have contracted the virus.

The information package is available at various grocery stores and services stations across the County, as well as on the Municipality’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage, which also provides additional news and resources related to the pandemic.

Residents and media are encouraged to contact CAO Keith MacDonald at 902-258-5999 for further information and clarification about the information packages.

Municipality of the County of Inverness Enacts Pandemic Response Plan

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – Municipality of the County of Inverness Council continues to take significant steps to address the COVID-19 outbreak. To this end, Council has enacted the Municipality of the County of Inverness Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Plan. The plan will now guide Council and staff in the continued safe operation of local municipal government services and the ongoing health and safety of staff, local business, community organizations and residents.

Key elements of the plan include, but aren’t limited to:

  • The Port Hood Administrative Building and the Infrastructure & Emergency Services Facility are now closed to the public.
  • The Kenloch Transfer Station will be closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 25th.
  • All recreation and cultural programs offered through the Municipality will be cancelled and rescheduled, if possible.
  • Foyer Père Fiset, Inverary Manor, Port Hood Small Options and Koster Huis are closed to visitors.
  • All ‘Non-Essential’ municipal government meetings are cancelled, and staff will be working from home when possible.

“We’re continuing to work closely with provincial and local public health officials,” said Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie. “Our priority is to keep local government, including Inverness County Homes Corporation operations, functioning in a safe and responsible manner. The enactment of the Pandemic Plan will guide our decisions as we go forward.”

Inverness County residents can find the most accurate and current Nova Scotia Provincial Government COVID-19 information www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus. Residents should follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines as outlined by the Nova Scotia Health Authority including:

  • Stay home unless you absolutely must go out for supplies.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and don’t touch your face.
  • Stay 6 feet or 2 metres away from others, wherever possible.

Residents and media are encouraged to contact CAO Keith MacDonald at 902-258-5999 for further information and clarification about the Pandemic Plan.

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SAT Service Suspended Until Further Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19th, 2020

Following the lead of Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada officials, Strait Area Transit and Victoria County Transit will be suspending services until further notice, effective at the end of the business day of March 20th, 2020.

The safety of staff and clients are paramount at this time and although this may cause some inconvenience, the board of directors and executive director feel this is a necessary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

For any questions, clients can contact Chairperson John Dowling at john.dowling@invernesscounty.ca.

Strait Area Transit is a non-profit community-based transit system which has serviced the Strait region since 2007. This is a safe, reliable and affordable option aimed at improving the quality of life for all residents of the Strait Area (Inverness County, Richmond County and the Town of Port Hawkesbury).

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Strait Area Transit

32 Paint St

Port Hawkesbury, NS  B9A 3J8

www.satbus.ca

info@satbus.ca

902-625-1475