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The Shoreline Journal is a monthly community newspaper based in Bass River, Nova Scotia, and serving the Fundy Shore/Glooscap Trail from Truro to Parrsboro.   See submission deadlines...

Established in 1994, the paper was originally published as the West Colchester Free Press by Ken Kennedy Publications, and later renamed to The Shoreline Journal.  In January 2008 The Journal changed hands and is now under the management of  Maurice Rees.  He initiated a redesign of the paper, with the addition of several colour pages in each issue. Each monthly issue concentrates on the many community events which involve residents of all ages, from the elderly to the very young, and those young at heart.  A primary focus is those activities which involve students, whether it be school or 4-H club activities.

Maurice has extensive experience in the community newspaper & advertising field, and has been running several businesses in Maitland for the past few years. 

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The Shoreline Journal

July 2021


 

July 2021 - Enjoy the upcoming freedoms, but be careful

Everyone will welcome the forthcoming escape from CoVid lockdown restrictions, as we move into a phase where the pandemic has been wrestled almost into submission. However, we must be aware with the new Delta variant it could raise its ugly head and set us back into another lockdown, which will be more difficult to accept that what we have experienced in the past 18 months.

We must be prudent and aware CoVid-19 or various strains will be among us for decades, just like mumps, measles, polio and Tuberculosis (TB). We may want to always have a mask at the ready.

Because Nova Scotians did as we were told, "Stay the Blazes Home", we have been able to work our way out of the pandemic with far fewer infections and deaths per capita than other provinces. As the numbers recede, Premier Rankin and professional health officials are giving us the opportunity to move around the province, meet up with friends and even give a hug to those we love, plus travel throughout the Atlantic region.

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At right - Bible Hill - Holy Well Park - July 17 is National Parks Day in Canada. Holy Well Park, Bible Hill is a peaceful spot to enjoy nature. (Submitted)


Repaving Huge Cost – how to pay?

By Maurice Rees

Which is more expensive? Repaving J-class roads or repairs to vehicles travelling the road network in Colchester? Area mechanics are handing motorists repair invoices in varying amounts ranging from $200 for a tire and used rim; $350-$400 for minor repairs; $600-$800 for more front end parts and in one case over $2,500 for a 2015 Tacoma.

It get a better understanding of those comparisons, the Shoreline Journal contacted several auto repair garages for an overview of what mechanics are facing, when motorists bring in their vehicle for much needed repairs. Repair shops contacted are located in Debert, Onslow, Bible Hill, Truro, Hilden, Brookfield and other areas throughout the county.

Repairs are expensive and some garages are having a problem sourcing the necessary parts to bring a vehicle’s front end back to a safe driving level. Taylor MacArthur, 2U Like New Auto, Brookfield said he quotes front end work on a daily basis. Dave Chase, North River, of the company which bears his name says he can’t keep up with coil springs and shocks. Over at Dave’s Service Centre, Debert, Dave told the Shoreline last week he installed eight springs and customers are coming in every day for springs, struts and ball joints.

From most of the mechanics contacted it seems the average bill in the vicinity of $350-400 range with many examples in the $600-$800 range. One repair bill was over $2,500. Many mechanics expressed concern over the blight of motorists, because as one said, "we are seeing them twice a year and these are people who exist on a "shoe-string" budget".

Repaving J-class roads have been a topic of Colchester’s council who have not arrived at a decision, because of the massive costs, fearful of increasing the annual tax bill for homeowners, but in their discussions over the years have failed to discuss the massive auto repair bills. In most cases repair bills are much higher than annual costs of keeping a vehicle roadworthy.

For years Colchester councillors have been wrestling with decisions as how to approach to massive capital cost. Even if the province paid 50% of repaving of the county’s 110 Km J-class roads it would cost the County of Colchester and /or taxpayers about $350,000 per year based on 20 year rotation once a comprehensive program was being implemented. On a 20 year rotation approximately 5.5Km of roads would be paved annually.

During a recent meeting, Councillor Tim Johnson, who has been pressuring for a re-paving program said Pictou County takes the J-class road repaving from general tax revenue. Pictou County’s CAO, Brian Cullen when contacted by the Shoreline Journal confirmed for over 15 years perhaps 20 years, the municipality has taken the costs from general tax revenues. He confirmed the municipality has 31 Km of J-class roads and each year they spend $165,000 with the province paying the other 50% under a NSTIR agreement with the municipalities. The annual provincial amount was originally was $2-Million, but was upped to $10-Million, with a one-time investment in 2020 to be dispersed across the province.

Colchester currently budgets $100,000 per year for maintenance of its roads, which is funded via the general tax rate. Council has passed the matter back to staff, with specific guidelines to come back to council with a repaving plan.

The range of costs for vehicle repairs has been referenced earlier in this article and is the theme of an additional story elsewhere in this issue. The data obtained from eight auto repair shops contacted for the special story indicates repair costs range for $350 to $2,500.

Based on repaving cost information prepared by Colchester’s Department of Public Works, the following annual tax bill increase would apply to all residential properties based on $300,000 assessment. These costs, on a 20 year rotation, assume the province will pay 50% of the repaving of the 110 Km of J-class roads throughout the municipality.

District 1: Bible Hill, $21.00 per $100,000 and $63.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 2: Truro Heights, $9.00 per $100,000 and $27.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 3: Brookfield, $14.00 per $100,000 and $42.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 4: Stewiacke East, $1.00 per $100,000 and $3.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 5: Salmon River, $22.00 per $100,000 and $66.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 6: Valley, $22.00 per $100,000 and $66.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 7: Tatamagouche, $5.00 per $100,000 and $15.00 if property assessed for $300,000

District 8: North River, $10.00 per $100,000 and $30.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 9: Debert, $15.00 per $100,000 and $45.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 10: West Colchester, $7.00 per $100,000 and $21.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

District 11, Bible Hill, $16.00 per $100,000 and $48.00 if property assessed for $300,000.

A spreadsheet, prepared by Department of Public Works is published adjacent to this article. The shoreline Journal added the amount of property tax payable each year based on 15 year and 20 year rotation. The number shown is based on $100,000 property assessment. (If your property is assessed at $200,000, double the figure shown).

The spreadsheet shows, by electoral district, the total assessment; length of J-class Roads; Mil rate – tax rate per $100,000 assessment, and additional amount to your tax bill for every $100,000 assessment. These rates are shown for 15 year and 20 year rotation. The column on the far right indicates the amount added to your property taxes per $100,000 assessment and is calculated after the province (NSTIR) paid 50% of the repaving costs.

The far right column in this chart shows the amount of tax for all residential properties within that electoral district. The cost shown is the annual amount which would be calculated based on property tax assessment of $100,000.


Proposed Bylaw renamed, "Neighbourhood Nuisance"

By Maurice Rees

Colchester’s infamous "noise" by renamed "Neighbour Nuisance" By-law came back to council for first reading. Devin Trefry, who has been charged with the by-law’s development brought the revised version back to council on June 24th. Noise and nuisance have been a subject of many hours of discussion at the council level. The matter started to come more prominent nearly two years ago, when residents complained again about noises from a Moto-Cross facility in Nutby Mountain area.

After several attempts earlier in the spring, a version of the noise by-law was presented to council, but it was "muted" and sent back for major revisions. Council determined an overall by-law was not enforceable, so focus was changed to "Neighbour Nuisance", which has a focus on local fireworks, and excessive noise within the municipality, primarily in sub-divisions or higher population density areas. Council is using its power to enact a by-law to prevent the unreasonable interference with the enjoyment of property.

At the Council Committee meeting on June 10, 2021, staff presented a draft Neighbourhood
Nuisance By-law to help address complaints of noise and other reported nuisance activity
throughout the Municipality.

Following the June 10th preparation staff shared the draft By-law with RCMP Staff Sgt. Curtis MacKinnon and he expressed concern that the proposed exemptions for Recreation Activity in particular, may be too broad. Hearing his concern, staff consulted with the Municipal Solicitor and it was recommended that a definition for "appropriate" be added to specify that the exemptions would be required to be "reasonable in the circumstances taking into account the intensity, frequency, duration and timing of the activity."

Staff then shared the revision with Staff Sgt. MacKinnon and he was satisfied that it addressed his concern.

In the First Reading version presented to council on June 24th, the proposed by-law sets out the prohibitions as follows: "No person shall engage in activity that by frequency or intensity unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of the neighbourhood, including but not limited to any one or more resident".
There are four fixed exemptions within the by-law. This By-Law does not apply to

  1. Disturbances that may result from a response to an emergency.
  2. Businesses operating lawfully and in a manner that is appropriate to the nature of the business enterprise.
  3. Recreation activity carried out lawfully and in a manner that is appropriate to the nature of the activity.
  4. Community events carried out lawfully and in a manner that is appropriate to the nature of the event.

For those who are charged under the by-law once it is enacted, the following will apply: Any person who violates any of the provisions of this By-law may be guilty of an offence and may, on summary conviction, be liable for:

  1. for the first offence to a penalty of not less than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) and of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or imprisonment for a period of not more than one year or both, including the imposition of the minimum fine;
  2. (b) for the second offence to a penalty of not less than Seven Hundred Dollars ($700.00) and of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or imprisonment for a period of not more than one year or both, including the imposition of a minimum fine;
  3. (c) for the third offence or any subsequent offence to a penalty of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or imprisonment for a period of not more than one year or both, including the imposition of a minimum fine.

Once discussion on the revisions ended, council moved to pass to second reading, which is where detailed discussion can be held.


Colchester 100 Series Highway

Ramp Clean Ups

By Maurice Rees

The ongoing problem of highway litter was back before Colchester Council on June 24th when Darlyene Proctor’s authored action item was up for discussion. Her report detailed staff’s investigation to addressing the litter issue at interchanges in Colchester County, as per the directive of Council.

In earlier discussions the Municipality of Colchester expressed concern over the amount of litter that is found in the natural environment of Colchester County. In part staff discovered the neighbouring Municipality of East Hants has launched a pilot project where the Municipality has adopted five of the 100 series exit ramps into their community.

To promote the clean up of the exit ramps in East Hants, $500 would be given to the community group that signs up for the task. Colchester Council requested that a similar program be investigated for potential implementation in Colchester County.

Litter has become a noticeable problem in Nova Scotia. Its most visible effects are impacts to the beauty of the province’s natural landscapes, and cityscapes. However, it can also affect industries such as tourism and agriculture, impact public health and safety, and cause harm to wildlife.

Besides its negative aesthetic impact, litter also can have negative consequences for public health, the economy, and our environment. While many positive changes have been made, it appears that greater action needs to be taken to combat the problem of litter. Even though a 2008 Litter Survey, by Nova Scotia Environment and Nova Scotia Environmental Youth Core was done over 13 years ago, the same conversation exists in 2021. It has been a constant plight in communities. Waste Reduction Staff and Councils are continuously seeking ways to address the litter issue.

Colchester County has active volunteers and group(s) fighting against litter because they feel it is the right thing to do. Staff and council would like to keep them motivated against this uphill battle and to also encourage others to join the war.

In the Municipality of Colchester rhe Waste Reduction Department has a budget in 2021/22 of $57,000 to go towards litter clean up, derelict vehicle removal and illegal dump clean ups. Seventy percent of the budget is allocated towards salaries of students and supervisor. Prior to CoVid, two summer students were hired to assist with these programs. Proctor’s submission stated a portion of the salaries this year will be to hire the Colchester Workshop to assist with litter pick up around the Solid Waste site in Kemptown.

Here is some data from past students’ roadside collection: 2016 – 44 kms of roadside was cleaned up removing 3,270 Kgs of garbage; 2017 – 45 kms of roadside was cleaned up removing 6,280 kgs of garbage, recyclables, tires and in 2018 – 22 kms of roadside was cleaned up removing 6,150 kgs of garbage and recyclables.

In staff’s investigation and recommendations the roadsides identified for clean up were in high traffic tourism areas, from public complaints as well as the 5 km radius of the Municipal Solid Waste Facilities in Kemptown. Staff expects summer students would be hired next year to continue this type of work.

On Earth Day, April 22, a One Bag Challenge was promoted on the Colchester WRM Facebook page. There was great participation from schools, individuals, and work groups. Details on the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program and listing of 17 participating groups is presented in an adjacent article.

Out of three options presented in terms of recommendation, Proctor’s submission suggested staff continue to support Provincial and Departmental litter clean up programs and to seek innovative ways to attract new groups to participate and recognize the efforts of the current community volunteers.

Councillor Taggart who has been a strong advocate for litter cleanup suggested money should not be taken from the existing budget.

TAGGART: Should not take money from their existing budget, but should add money for the cause. He suggested the municipality should take ownership to the exists & entrances. They are just as important as the Fundy Discovery Centre, he added. He challenged council to develop program saying wWe should step up

Councillor MacKenzie said she was against hiring people when we have 17 groups willing to do it for FREE. She added perhaps hire students from May until Fall and the municipality should not expect boy scouts to do the cleanup as it is not Safe. Councillor Cooper suggested work with schools as it’s the best way to go, but he did not agree with $500 in a program similar to East Hants. .

Other councillors offered a variety of suggestions: Parker suggested a $5,000 challenge rewarding volunteers $1 for every bag picked up, but they must pre register. Councillor Johnson tossed out the idea for Darlene and staff to develop a plan for spring, summer and fall.

Mayor Blair liked the idea of hiring summer students, but cautioned, the positions are part of a government application process and need federal or provincial approval. She added a summer student program would provide income for students in various areas. Mayor Blair added on Earth day on Harmony Road one student picked up 3 bags in 50 foot distance.

Council recognized it will take time to develop the right approach and will involve input from councillors, staff, and the general public. One suggestion was to start with a focus on the youth, perhaps much in the way seatbelt regulations were introduced, with the thought, "youth will force parents to not throw out litter.


Cow Patty- job done Great job Sheldon! Brandy Thompson gives her steer a friendly rub after he completed his participation in Cow Patty Bingo in just under an hour.

(Linda Harrington Photo)


Page One Briefs- July 2021

 

Colchester County District RCMP has charged two youths after responding to a report of an armed robbery in Stewiacke at 11:40 p.m. on June 18. During an armed robbery a man was threatened with a knife and assaulted before the suspects stole his vehicle and fled the scene. The victim was uninjured.

Police were provided with a description of the stolen vehicle, and it was later located in Dartmouth. A traffic stop was conducted, and two youths were taken into custody without incident. Both were held in custody overnight and released from custody on conditions and will appear in court at a later date.

Jennifer Louise Cox, Truro was one of twelve of the province's lawyers awarded the prestigious Queen's counsel (QC) designation. The QC designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.

The other 11 appointees are: Donald A. MacLeod, Philip S. Gruchy, Joseph Royden Trainor, Jr., Shauna MacDonald, Richard Niedermayer, Suzanne I. Rix, Robert John Scott Hanf, Michelle Marie Kelly all of Halifax; Terrance G. Sheppard, Dartmouth; Angela Doris Caseley and Jeanne Desveaux, both of Bedford.

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between March 11 and 21 and are scheduled to receive their second dose between June 24 and July 3 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates. A notice to reschedule will be sent by email to the account provided at the time of booking. Anyone who did not provide an email must call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772 to reschedule or to request an email address be added. When rescheduling the second dose, people will select a new date and time at any clinic across the province that has an available appointment.

The 2021 Doers and Dreamers Guide is now available on NovaScotia.com. This year the guide is available in a digital-only format for both English and French editions. The digital format allows operators and organizations to update their listings throughout the year to reflect changes in hours of operation or offerings, while minimizing waste. The new format allows for direct links to videos, stories and business websites, creating an interactive and simple user experience for research and booking. The 2021 Doers and Dreamers Guide can be downloaded to a mobile device or desktop computer. The option to print specific pages or sections is also available. The guide is available at: https://www.novascotia.com/travelguide

The Wharf Rat Rally cancelled for 2021
 The 2021 rally has been cancelled, but the Rally plans to engage fans of the event with an online photo contest, geocaching maps, and organizing Share the Wind rides in the local area," says Board Chair Rickey Stewart. The Wharf Rat Rally has been one of the region's largest economic drivers for over 15 years, and has always been focused on being a safe and friendly event. Motorcycle enthusiasts look forward to opening the doors in 2022.


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