Please be advised that a meeting of the Town & County Joint Council Advisory Committee is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30pm at the St. Andrew Junior School (2 Appleseed Drive) in the cafeteria. A copy of the agenda can be found here.
Assessment Notices for 2017 have been mailed to property owners by the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC).
Understanding your Property Assessment Notice
The front page of your notice shows your property’s assessed value, capped assessment (if eligible for the Capped Assessment Program) and taxable assessed value (used to calculate your property taxes).
The back of the assessment notice includes five years of assessment values for your property.
In Nova Scotia, property assessments are based on market value sales one year prior to the current year.
When you receive your assessment notice please make sure to do the following:
- Review the information to ensure you understand your current property assessment.
- If you do not feel that your assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value two years prior to the date of your notice, you can appeal your assessment. A detachable appeal form is on the front of your notice. An appeal must be filed by Monday, February 13, 2017.
- Please contact PVSC (1-800-380-7775) if you have any questions about your assessment or if you’re considering filing an appeal.
A guide to your assessment notice can be found on the PVSC website.
Please note this is not a tax bill, nor is it issued by the Municipality. All questions or concerns must be directed to PVSC.
The Municipal and School Board elections will be held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016.
Electors may vote between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the locations listed below or at the advance poll. The advance polls will be held on Saturday, the 8th of October, 2016 and on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.
Office Candidates Polling Locations
|Councillor District 1||Mary MacLellan
|Poll 1A H. M. MacDonald Elementary School, 2811 Hwy 245
Poll 1B North Shore Fire Hall, 432 Marsh Rd
|Councillor District 2||Donald Grady
Donnie F MacDonald
|Poll 2A Municipal Admin Building, 285 Beech Hill Rd
Poll 2B Mini Trail Community Centre, 4482 Hwy 337
|Councillor District 3||Hughie Stewart||Acclaimed|
|Councillor District 4||Vaughn Chisholm
|St. Andrew Junior School, 2 Appleseed Dr.
(all polling divisions)
|Councillor District 5||Remi Deveau||Acclaimed|
|Councillor District 6||Owen McCarron||Acclaimed|
|Councillor District 7||John Dunbar
|Heatherton Community Centre, 42 Summerside Rd
(all polling divisions)
|Councillor District 8||Pierre Boucher
|East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy, 10128 Hwy 4
(all polling divisions)
|Councillor District 9||Russell Boucher||Acclaimed|
|Councillor District 10||Bill MacFarlane||Acclaimed|
School Boards – Strait Regional School Board & Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial
|SRSB Electoral District 7
(Polling Districts 1,2,3,4 & 10)
|SRSB Electoral District 8
(Polling Districts 5,6,7,8 &9)
|SRSB African NS Member||Joanne Reddick||Acclaimed|
|CSAP Electoral District of Antigonish||Alfred M Benoit||Acclaimed|
ADVANCE POLL LOCATIONS:
Advance polls will be held on Saturday, the 8th of October, 2016 and on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m
Districts 1, 2, 4, and 7 Municipal Administration Centre, 285 Beech Hill Road
District 8 Tracadie Meeting Place, 9701 Highway 4, Tracadie
Dated at Beech Hill, Nova Scotia this 14th day of September, 2016.
-Linda Arsenault, Returning Officer.
MUNICIPAL AND SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS – October 15, 2016
District 1 Mary MacLellan (incumbent) Ryan Smith
District 2 Donnie F. MacDonald (incumbent) Donald Grady
District 3 Hughie Stewart (acclaimed)
District 4 Vaughan Chisholm (incumbent) Mike MacEachern
District 5 Rémi Deveau (acclaimed)
District 6 Owen McCarron (acclaimed)
District 7 John Dunbar Matt Schumacher
District 8 Pierre Boucher (incumbent) Vernon Boudreau Gary Mattie
District 9 Russell Boucher (acclaimed)
District 10 Bill MacFarlane (acclaimed)
Strait Regional School Board Richelle MacLaughlin (acclaimed)
Electoral District 7 (Polling Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 10)
Strait Regional School Board Jamie Samson (acclaimed)
Electoral District 8 (Polling Districts 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9)
Strait Regional School Board Joanne Reddick (acclaimed) African NS member
Member of Conseil Scolaire Alfred M Benoit (acclaimed) Acadien provincial (CSAP)
Electoral District of Antigonish
Please note: In the event of disruptions to Canada Post’s mail service, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish would like to remind residents that they are still responsible for timely payments on all account balances.
Water Utility customers are reminded that the water bills for September will be issued at the beginning of September and due on September 30, 2016. Payments may be made at the Municipal Administrative Building located at 285 Beech Hill Road via cash, cheque, Interac, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Payments may also be made by using your banks online or telephone banking services.
RE: Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition Usage of the Antigonish Arena
Date: 25 August 2016
On August 10, 2016, the Antigonish Arena Commission notified the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) it would have to change the date of the 2017 and any future Exhibition to accommodate additional ice-rentals. Unknown to the Arena Commission at that time, it did not have the authority to make that decision.
Signed in 2014, the Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture holds a 10-year lease with the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Town of Antigonish, which permits the usage of the Antigonish Arena for two weeks of the year for holding an exhibition. For generations the ENSE has been held during the same week in late August – early September. To change this tradition requires the approval of both Municipal and Town councils.
On Thursday, August 25, 2016, Municipal Council met to discuss the Arena Commission’s action. Council has determined that they are not prepared to change the lease terms, permitting the 2017 and future Exhibitions to continue during its traditional dates.
From hockey to horses, the Municipality recognizes the value of recreation in all its forms. We have invested heavily into the Antigonish Arena and want to see it succeed. Likewise, the time and effort farmers put into their crops and livestock, and the celebration of that success, are important to our heritage and local economy.
We hope that the community conversations that have begun in the past two weeks will continue in a constructive manner, so that we might see further improvement & utilization of these community facilities.
For more information please contact Municipality of the County of Antigonish at (902) 863-1117
2nd Municipal Mural Competition call for proposals.
2016 Mural will be installed at Havre Boucher Community Centre.
- 5 – 10 images or audio/visual samples on CD-Rom or DVD
- image/slide list including the artist’s name, title of work, medium, dimensions, and date of completion and current CV
- design proposal and artist statement (no longer than one page)
- copies of catalogue texts or reviews (if relevant)
An artist’s honorarium of $2,500 will be provided. This fee shall cover the cost of supplies. The Municipality will provide for the base for the mural and will cover the cost of installation.
Proposals must be submitted by 4:00pm on July 22, 2016.
Direct complete proposals to the attention of Tammy Feltmate, Director of Environment, Safety and Community Affairs at 285 Beech Hill Rd, Antigonish, NS, B2G 0B4.
The County of Antigonish is undergoing a water meter installation program. The water meter program was developed to improve equity and reduce water consumption. Water metering allows residents to pay for the actual amount of water they use, rather than being billed on a tap count/flat rate basis. Neptune Technology Group has been contracted by the County to install the water meter at properties serviced by a municipal water utility.
Follow the Link to a list of Water Meter Q & A’s: Water Meter Q & A’s
If you do not find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact Neptune Technology Group or the Municipality. Contact information can be found in the Q & A’s link.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has revoked the special event permit issued to Mr. Jonas Colter to hold the Evolve Music Festival in Antigonish County on Meadow Green Road, Heatherton NS, from July 8 – 10, 2016. This means Evolve is not permitted to take place in Antigonish County.
Mr. Colter was issued a conditional permit in December 2015 to hold Evolve. The permit outlined conditions and specified dates by which the conditions were to be met or it would be revoked. One of the most important of those conditions was a medical plan developed and overseen by a hired licenced medical clinician.
Mr. Colter was officially made aware of the condition for a medical plan in September 2015 and discussed this and other conditions in person with municipal officials in October and November 2015. A final draft of the medical plan was to be completed and submitted to the Municipality by February 1, 2016. Since this date the Municipality has provided Mr. Colter every opportunity to complete and submit a plan. To date we have not received a medical plan to which Mr. Colter is willing to commit.
The Municipality recognizes the value and wants to support music festivals and other events that promote our area and draw people to our community. These events are important to our local economy and we want them to succeed. However, in order to do this attention must be paid to health and safety of our community and event-goers.
Hosting Evolve comes with a responsibility to provide a healthy and safe event. The conditions outlined by the Municipality are similar to those required by other local governments across the country in facilitating a large entertainment event. They are reasonable and achievable; they are applied in an effort to make Evolve a healthier and safer event.
For more information please contact the Municipality of the County of Antigonish at 863-1117.
- Since 2000 the Evolve Music & Awareness Festival has taken place in various locations throughout Antigonish County. Evolve has taken place at 1648 Meadow Green Road, owned by John and Judy MacDonald since 2006. In 16 years Evolve has grown from a festival of a few hundred participants to over 5000 in 2015. As the festival has grown so too have the issues with the health and safety of festival-goers and the community at-large.
- Since July 2014 the Municipality has been working with Mr. Colter and a variety of community stakeholders including the RCMP, Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management Office, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Pomquet Volunteer Fire Department, NS Tourism, and the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal. During this time the Municipality has taken on a role of facilitating dialogue among stakeholders and with Mr. Colter to address significant health, safety and security concerns.
- In March 2015, the Municipal Council approved the Special Events By-law, which provides the Municipality authority to regulate large events with respect to health, wellbeing, safety and protection of persons. Previous to this the Municipality had no authority to regulate large events.
- From July 9 – 12, 2015, the Evolve festival took place at 1648 Meadow Green Road, Antigonish County, operating as a 24/7 event, hosting approximately 5000 festival goers, volunteers and performers and presenting approximately 120 musical acts. Of note, over these four days:
- 39% of all RCMP calls for service were Evolve-related.
- 33 charges were laid directly attributable to Evolve: 7 for trafficking, 12 possession with the purpose of trafficking, 10 possession and 4 impaired driving.
- EHS received 12 requests for service from the Evolve site: 8 patients were transported from Evolve to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, 3 responses to motor vehicle accidents attributed to Evolve. Patients were also brought in to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital for care by other means.
- Cases seen at the Emergency Department were not straight-forward interventions, rather significant, often drug-related, medical events.
- Beyond these statistics it is not possible to know of any other police or health-related interventions that may have occurred outside the Antigonish area.