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Notice of Public Hearing: Amalgamation and Rates for Antigonish County Water Utility

THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF ANTIGONISH, on behalf of the existing two water utilities (Fringe Area and Lower South River and Area) to amalgamate the two utilities into one utility named the Antigonish County Water Utility and to apply for an Order authorizing and approving a new Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and a Schedule of Rules and Regulation.

The full Notice can be found here:
Notice of Public Hearing Amalgamation and Rates for Antigonish County Water Utility

 

Paying Your Property Tax Bill

Did you know that you can pay your tax bills without coming into the Municipal Administration Office?

Property tax bills for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish have been issued and the deadline has been extended until July 31, 2020.

Cheques can be mailed to:
Municipality of the County of Antigonish
285 Beech Hill Road
Beech Hill, Nova Scotia  B2G 0B4

Call 902-863-1117 to pay with Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

To reduce the traffic in our building, we encourage everyone to pay their taxes through online banking or by cheque in the mail.

If you do choose to use online banking here are a few tips to help with that process:

Once you log into your online banking account and find the place to pay your bills, you can do the following steps to set up the account:

Property Taxes:
Go to “Add Payee”
Search “Antigonish”
Select “Antigonish County Property Tax”
Add all 8 digits of your Municipal Account number

Water Utility:
Go to “Add Payee”
Search “Antigonish”
Select “Antigonish County Water”
Add all 8 digits of your Municipal Account number

Please make sure you are not paying your bills to the Town of Antigonish. This is a common mistake people make since both municipal units have Antigonish in their names.

Payments can also be accepted in person at the Municipal Administration Office at 285 Beech Hill Road. Your patience is greatly appreciated for all front counter payments at the Municipal Administration Office as your wait-time may be delayed due to additional Public Health measures that have been put in place for the safety of the public and Municipal staff.

At the Municipal Administration Office, we are accepting payments in the form(s) of cash, debit, cheque, Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

COVID-19 Response

UPDATE -March 16, 2020 9PM

In an effort to curb transmission of COVID-19 in our community and protect the health of municipal officials, the Antigonish County Municipal Office and Public Works Building will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.  Services will be provide via phone and online.  There is no interruptions to Solid Waste Collection service.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the municipal office at 902.863.1117.  We thank all residents for their patience and cooperation as our collective response to this pandemic evolves.

 

COVID-19 has challenged us in our workplace and in our personal lives.  The last few days have been hectic and ever changing. Given recent events we want to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our community.  As we enter these uncharted waters, the following measures are being implemented immediately to maintain the health and safety of municipal staff:

  • Increased disinfection measures on common and personal surface areas, door handles, glass screens, bathrooms, chair handles etc.
  • The door between the lobby and back office will remain closed until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the back office.
  • The Public Works Building is closed to the public until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the public works building.
  • The Scale House is closed to the public until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the Scale House.
  • All in-person meetings are to be changed to phone calls or teleconferences.
  • The equipment loan program has been suspended. If you currently have equipment signed out, hang onto it until business resumes as usual.
  • Rate-payers are being directed and encouraged to pay bills online and over the phone.
  • Applications for recreation jobs are encouraged to be submitted online (recreation@antigonishcounty.ns.ca).  If applications come to the building, drop boxes have been placed in the foyer to receive them.
  • Applications for Community Partnership Grants are encouraged to be submitted online (reception@antigonishcounty.ns.ca).  If applications come to the building, drop boxes have been placed in the foyer to receive them.
  • Gloves and hand sanitizers have been made available to front line staff who will continue to have direct contact with the public.
  • When meeting and socializing internally among staff, please observe physical distancing (six-feet) and hand washing protocols.
  • The Antigonish Arena will be closed to the public effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until April 3, 2020.

Communities in Antigonish County Receive Funding for Clean Energy and Active Transportation Projects

The province is helping to reduce emissions in Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Antigonish by investing in three new clean energy and active transportation projects.

Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Feb. 14, over $104,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program.

We are excited to be part of this joint initiative with Chief Prosper and his team at Paqtnkek. The support from the LCC fund allows us to explore how we increase options for low carbon energy delivery. We hope to look for solutions that build on current practices and policies and identify new options for community members. We want to try new technology, connect with traditional practices while connecting with local schools and businesses for training and service development possibilities. Low Carbon Communities allows us see what is possible.
~Owen McCarron, Warden, Municipality of the
County of Antigonish

To view the full release click here:
https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200214002

 

 

Request for Proposals – Cellular Service Expansion in Antigonish County

The Municipality is accepting proposals from Cellular Service Providers to address gaps and deficiencies in cellular infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of District 1 and 2 in Antigonish County.

To view the Request for Proposals, click here.

Proposals can be sent to:
Municipality of the County of Antigonish
285 Beech Hill Road
Beech Hill, NS  B2G 0B4
Attn: Shirlyn Donovan, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
shirlyn.donovan@antigonishcounty.ns.ca

The deadline for proposals is 4:30PM February 27, 2020.

Notice of Change of Regular Council Meeting Dates

NEW DATES FOR 2020!

Starting in January 2020, Regular Meetings of Council will be held on the second Monday of each month. These meetings are held at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Administration Centre  at 285 Beech Hill Road, and are open to the public.

The planned dates for Regular Meetings of Council in 2020 are:

  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 14, 2020 *on Tuesday due to Easter Monday
  • May 11, 2020
  • June 8, 2020
  • September 8, 2020 *on Tuesday due to Labour Day
  • October 13, 2020 *on Tuesday due to Thanksgiving
  • November 9, 2020
  • December 14, 2020

The agenda for these meetings will be posted on the Municipal Website prior to each meeting.

Municipality Calls Province To Action at Trunk 4 Beech Hill Intersection

Following an emergency meeting on December 9, 2019, Antigonish County Municipal Council has issued an immediate call to action to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and
Infrastructure Renewal to modify the intersection at Trunk 4 and Beech Hill Road.

To view the full release, click here:
https://www.antigonishcounty.ns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/MEDIA-RELEASE-Beech-Hill-Trunk-4-Intersection-Dec-9-2019.pdf

Antigonish By Choice: Shop Local Campaign

By shopping local this Holiday Season you can enter to win some fabulous prizes from the participating businesses. The contest runs from November 23 – December 20. By spending $10 at any of the participating retail outlets, you can enter your name for the draw. Winners will announced live on 98.9XFM on December 20th.