Lunenburg, Queens municipalities sprucing up with provincial beautification funds

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>An example of some of the signage the Town of Mahone Bay plans to include in its Edgeware Streetscape and wayfinding signs project, for which it has received $12,500 from the province.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>A number of municipalities, including the Town of Mahone Bay, will be using some of the beautification grant money for wayfinding signage.</p>

Municipalities in Lunenburg and Queens counties moved a step closer toward achieving their plans for enhancing the quality of life in their communities with the recent announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it was investing $629,476 in various municipal beautification projects across the province.

"Creating beautiful and inviting spaces encourages economic development and enhances the quality of life for residents in communities," the Department of Municipal Affairs stated in a news release issued August 12.

Municipalities in Lunenburg and Queens are getting a total of $83,750 between them.

MOC is receiving $21,250 toward its trail art project valued at approximately $46,000, while the Village of Chester is receiving $12,500 for "beautification of Parade Square," according to the government's list of approved projects.

MOC advised in a prepared statement that the first project will showcase the work of local artists by installing art pieces along MOC's trail system, "which will hopefully engage users to further explore communities in the municipality by signaling access to amenities and points of interest."

The $12,500 received for the Parade Square in the Village of Chester, will be aimed toward improvements there scheduled to be completed by June 2021. "It is the heart of the Village and should reflect the pride of its residents," Heather Hennigar, MOC's economic development officer, commented in the statement.

The granting of $5,000 toward the Town of Lunenburg's plan to create an aesthetically pleasing garden space at the Brook Street and Victoria Road water retention area and $7,500 for recovering and improving green space impacted by equipment needed to restore the storm-damaged seawall on Tannery Road was half of what was requested by the town for the projects, which were estimated to cost $20,000 and $30,000 respectively. "We will have to scale down the projects a bit," Bea Renton, the town's chief administrative officer, told LighthouseNOW.

Under the application-based program, the province will cover up to 50 per cent of the municipalities' eligible project costs to a maximum of $25,000.

The Town of Bridgewater gets $12,500 toward "Beautification - Decorative Lighting."

According to the town's communications coordinator, Patrick Hirtle, the money is for a project that will see 70 decorative lights on King Street and at Shipyards Landing and Mariners Landing upgraded, including with "efficient modern LED lights."

"The $12,500 grant awarded will support a $300,000 lamp pole/fixture replacement project that was part of the approved 2020-2021 capital budget. Replacing the components of a single lamp post can cost more than $2,000, depending on how the tendering process goes for the hardware," Hirtle explained in an email to LighthouseNOW.

The Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) was granted $7,500 for a waymaking signs refresh for downtown Liverpool.

"Earlier this year RQM introduced a new brand, Queens Coast with the tagline, seek nature's rewards. As we work to implement this new brand, it is necessary to update our signage with the new logo and tagline. The funding generously provided by the province will help us to refresh some of the older signs around Liverpool and update them our new look and feel," Jenny Rockett, the municipality's director of economic development, explained in a prepared statement to LighthouseNOW .

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), which gets $12,500, was waiting the results of its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a design for a district-wide wayfinding system that addresses the needs of visitors and residents using all modes of transportation. The deadline for the RFP was August 18.

Developing a comprehensive Wayfinding Strategy in the District is an objective identified in the 2020/21 Municipal Budget," reads the RFP for the project which has a maximum budget of $45,000.

"The Strategy should create a wayfinding system that reinforces the sense of place, identity and interconnectedness of the District and its features, while also improving navigability and wayfinding within its borders," the document adds.

"Very excited," is how the Town of Mahone Bay's Maureen Hughes described the reaction to the news that the town would be receiving $12,500 for its 2020 Edgewater streetscape and wayyfinding signage project.

"It will go toward new and improved wayfinding/visitor signage for motorists and pedestrians," Hughes, who is the Mahone Bay town clerk and deputy chief administrative officer, told LighthouseNOW in an email.

The town is partnering with Mahone Bay Tourism and Chamber of Commerce on the project.

The Edgewater Street Beautification project will include new post lighting and facade work for the Bayview Cemetery, such as a fence and gate, according to Hughes.

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