Local Briefs

Transit needs more players at the table - Bridgewater mayor

The mayor of the Main Street of the South Shore is willing to have talks about public transit in Lunenburg County but believes more municipalities need to join the conversation.

Bridgewater welcomes discussions concerning a public bus service that links with the town's existing transit program, Mayor David Mitchell said during a recent council meeting.

In the meantime, Bridgewater established its own permanent service.

"We couldn't wait anymore," Mitchell commented. "Players need to be at the table and I think we're not all at the table, so hopefully that discussion can take place."

Bridgewater was responding to a letter from the Town of Lunenburg suggesting interest in "reigniting" talks with the "ultimate goal" of offering a regional service following a citizen group's report pertaining to same released in February.

Town hiring two-year Energize Bridgewater communicator

Bridgewater's adding a communications position to better message the town's energy efficiency programming and work.

The two-year term, subject to potential renewal, will deal with community engagement, among other tasks, as part of the Energize Bridgewater project.

It will provide effort, quality, time, and consistency value as part of the project, Jessica McDonald, Bridgewater's community development director, told a recent town council meeting. She suggested the effort requires more than surveys and online aspects.

The cost of the position is covered within the town's existing budget, but the salary range was not indicated in documents provided to council.

Fire destroys Western Shore camp

There were no reports of injuries after an uninsured camp burned to the ground in Western Shore.

Local volunteer firefighters, along with RCMP, were summoned at about 8:20 p.m. to an area north of the Station Road Extension on August 5 where the camp of unspecified size was found destroyed.

The fire department arrived on scene and the fire was already out, said Lunenburg district RCMP Sgt. Mark MacPherson.

No one was present at the time of the incident. "Checks throughout area did not reveal any evidence of suspect or suspicious activity," MacPherson told LighthouseNOW.

Town authorizes $57,000 fire station building automation system

Trane Canada ULC, which has an office in Dartmouth, is getting paid $57,258 to supply and install a building automation system at Bridgewater's fire station.

The Dominion Street facility was the best candidate among town facilities to get the first crack at upgrading, suggested Kirk Wentzell, the town's facilities supervisor, in a written report to town council.

The existing system was installed 10 years ago. There were attempts with the original installer to get the system operating as designed, however according to the report there weren't enough advancements to boost efficiency of the equipment nor the system itself. More savings can be realized, Wentzell said.

"Over the last few years, the system has been operating independently as [Information Technology] cannot access the operating system and the manufacturer has stopped providing support for this system entirely," reads Wentzell's report.

"During 2019 and the first part of 2020, staff worked with Efficiency Nova Scotia and our in-house energy manager to come up with a plan to move forward to get the best possible solution for the town and this facility. We have determined there are considerable incentives through Efficiency Nova Scotia in the form of cash rebates to move forward with this project," it adds.

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