Councillors Column – November 2010

Here’s this months councillors column provided by Barry Dalrymple.

“I would like to start this column with a special thank you to all those that organized and put on such wonderful Remembrance Day Ceremonies yesterday. Huge turn outs of people, young and old attended the ceremonies in Windsor Jct, Beaver Bank and Waverley and paid tribute to our veterans and serving members and to those that have passed. I want to personally thank Lion Jim Bulger of Beaver Bank and Ladies Auxiliary member Trina Marshall of the Waverley Legion for laying wreaths on behalf of the HRM so I could attend at Windsor Jct. Also, thanks to students & staff at Lockview High School for putting on a very special Service the day before, it was a very touching ceremony and lets all of us know that you fully understand and appreciate the signifigence of this Day of Remembrance.

Fall is always a busy time of year and this year is no different, some updates in the district are:

– Transit plan to cut back on routes on the Beaver Bank Road.
Our local Committee has met a number of times and came up with a modified schedule we felt are the minimum runs our community could accept. In early October myself and Committee reps along with those from Porters Lake and Sambro Loop met with Transit and had a very good exchange in this regard and we presented our proposals so they could be costed out. As of this writing (Nov 12th) these costs and options are on HRM Council’s agenda for next weeks meeting where we will ask Council to agree to the proposals that will leave our Transit routes as beneficial to the community as possible. I certainly want to thank all of you that have signed the petition to save our transit routes and I will be presenting the 1,340 signatures next week.

– Fall River/Airport Transit Route
The property for the Park n Ride Station in Fall River has been purchased and the design for that station to be built (this coming Summer) has been tendered. Metro Transit is still having problems finding a company that makes safe and proper highway chassis’s for buses to travel on the highway to the Airport but are making headway, planned opening of this new bus route is now late Fall of 2011 or Spring of 2012.

– Traffic Issues/Fall River & Area
The comprehensive traffic consultants study which included the area from Waverley thru Fall River and up into Wellington/Grand Lake is complete and has been presented to the Fall River Vision Committee. This study involves recommendations on both short and long term solutions to most of our traffic problems and includes all intersections and traffic problem areas. Along with the Shubenacadie Watershed Study which is also now complete we will be presenting findings and holding public open meetings early in the new year. The future plans for development, by-laws and zones that the Vision Committee have been working on for the past few years are also very close to completion and will be presented.

– Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre Re-Build
The design work for the new building and grounds is virtually complete and HRM is completing the costing out of the new building and final settlement with the Insurance Company should be this week. There is a funding gap between the costs of the new building and the insurance funds and we will be going to Council very soon with a request for funding assistance from the HRM.

As you know by now we have recently lost another Hall in Beaver Bank due to fire and this one was purposely set by an arsonist. Police are investigating to determine those responsible and I am asking if you have any information at all about this that you call the police, crime stoppers or feel free to contact me – there are rewards for information that leads tot he arrest of these individuals. As in most situations there is insurance on the building and contents but not enough to re-build the way it was so the Committee of the Brown Hall is starting a fundraising campaign for this purpose and the first item will be an Auction on Dec 11th, details will follow. If you’d like to attend or donate an item please contact me for details, we are in the process of meeting with HRM Planning to see if we can add a bit more room to the kitchen area and possibly add a second bathroom.

A number of area projects have recently been approved or started, some of them are:

– residents of Sunnylea Road in Wellington no doubt have seen the heavy equipment moving in this week. This is to extend the road and turn it into the turning “T” for school buses and plows that you have asked for for so many years. There will be blasting involved in this project and as per your petition last year this will only be a dead-end turning “T”, it will not be a connector road.

– a few weeks ago the Marine Drive, Valley & Canal Community Council held a Public Hearing at the LWF Community Hall and at that meeting final approval was given for the Sobey’s expansion in Fall River. This expansion will add much needed store space to the actual Sobey’s grocery store and will also see the addition of a fairly large 2 story building to the far right of the property. Needed improvements to the entry roads, landscaping and design are all included in the agreement and work is expected to begin as soon as all permits are obtained.

– On October 7th we held a Public Meeting in Lost Creek in regards to a request to add a local Area Rate for the sub/div to put towards building a park and playground. I certainly thank the Homeowners Association for organizing this meeting and to our HRM Park & Rec Branch as well as Taxation staff for attending to answer all questions. Survey ballots were sent out to all residents within Lost Creek and in a vote of about 80% in favor, residents indicated they wish to proceed with this rate. The report and matter will now go before HRM Regional Council for a Public Hearing and vote.

– On November 8th I was especially pleased to attend the official opening of the new playground and equipment at the Beaver Bank Monarch Elementary School and see the excitement on both the students and their parents faces. Many thanks to principle, teachers and staff, parents group and various funding partners who raised the money to make this happen. I was happy to contribute your tax dollars from my Councilors District Fund to bump up the contribution from HRM Parks & Rec and make this happen so quickly.

– the update on the Delaney Drive park & playground is that the bike park and now the landscaping are in and complete and the Association has found a local sponsor who will install the basketball court as soon as dry weather returns. The playground equipment is all ordered and expected to arrive soon and will be installed and this park will be complete, congrats to the local volunteers who have made this happen.

– On November 6th the Regional Fire Fighters Interpretive Centre/Museum opened its doors to the public fulfilling a dream of a dedicated group who have been trying to do this for more than a dozen years. This was a special preview peak as the Grand Opening will occur this Spring but tours can be arranged by contacting them at www.rfic.ca. Located in the old Station 45 near Sobey’s visitors were very pleased to see the old fully restored trucks, gear and history of fire services in the area. I would certainly encourage our local schools to make arrangements for class visits.

There are a few special thanks and acknowledgements from the past month or so that I would like to make:
– a big thank you to the Fall River & District Lions Club for putting on its annual Seniors Appreciation Supper on October 20th at the LWF Hall, thanks to cooks and servers, Lions members, Scouts and volunteers for helping out.

– another terrific job this Summer by the volunteer members of the Union Cemetery Board. Our final meeting of the year was last month but if you stop and look at the restoration on the Cobequid Road you will now see an graveled parking lot & driveway, more flower gardens and recovered cemetery area, a new sign and a storage building. Councilor Bob Harvey and I are very pleased to assist with funding for this project each year but it is the hundreds of volunteer hours put in by Board members that is getting it done.

– On November 4th the Beaver Bank Volunteer Community Policing Office celebrated its 15th Anniversary of service to the community. A large RCMP presence along with Fire Chief Keddy and myself presented the group with Certificates of Appreciation and plaques to thank them for the years of service. Even with the loss of the Community Centre last year, which housed their office, the group has maintained their presence and continued on, we all appreciate the principle and staff at HT Barrett School for allowing them the use of library there to keep working.

I have stated many times over the main reason I love this area and its communities is because of the tremendous efforts of our volunteer organizations and also the full support the community gives those organizations and groups, I would like to just point out a few examples of your support in the past two weeks that I have had the privilege of attending:

– a sold out Dinner & Auction at the Oakfield Golf Course to raise funds for their Juniors Youth program.
– a jam packed Halloween Dance at the Waverley Legion with the “Sons of Maxwell”
– the Lockview High School football team Auction held at the Legion which raised over $15,000, thanks to the Scotiabank for its matching grant.
– the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre Auction held at Angles in Sackville which raised over $8,000 and there wasn’t an empty chair in the place.

It is community and local business support like this that makes this area so special to live in.

Back to some HRM Regional Council happenings and updates, on Nov 10th the HRM’s Boundary Review Committee held an open public meeting at the Fall River Rec Centre. As I had told you in previous reports this District is one of the highest in population in the HRM and under current proposal of this review (if accepted) it will become the largest. Our Committee is prepared to present to the NSURB Board that there are very valid “Communities of Interest” reasons to support this recommendation and I fully support this. This was heavily backed up at the meeting the other night when over 20 residents of Lakeview showed up to send a loud and powerful message that they want to stay part of District 2, a letter from the full Lakeview Homeowners Association was presented also stating the desire to stay as is and I can assure residents that their message will be heard. The proposal I will take to the Committee and on to Council is that the only change to this District should be that the Enfield part of HRM be moved into District One.

I am also on the Energy & Underground Services Committee and was quite excited to receive a presentation from our Sustainable Environment Dept on a suggested HRM pilot project to heat hot water from Solar panels in residential homes. This pilot program recently passed thru the Committee and has been endorsed by HRM Council to proceed to final planning stages, when the final details are worked out the HRM will be looking for approximately 5000 homes to take part, for full details go to HRM website at www.halifax.ca

There are a lot of upcoming events all over the District and you can find many of these on various community websites, a few of them are as below:

Saturday, Nov 13th 1-3pm at old Beaver Bank Villa the Friends of Ivy Meadows will be showing off the brand new Access A Bus they have purchased for the Seniors at the Nursing Home there, many thanks to the HRM Grants Committee for contributing $12,000 to this project and I was pleased to assist in the funding from the Councilors Capital Fund.

Saturday, Nov 13th 7:00pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd there will be a bingo to assist in the fundraising by Lost Creek sub/div for their new park and playground.

Saturday, Nov 20th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Grand Lake Community Hall there will be a barbecue and family Fun Day to raise funds for a young 1 year old from Miller Lake sub/div that has been diagnosed with leukemia, please drop by and make a donation for a worthy cause.

Wednesday, Nov 24 at 7:00 at the Waverley Fire Hall the Waverley Sports Park Board is hosting an open public meeting. We are looking for your thoughts and vision of what the future should now hold for the Park. There are miles of developed trails in the park, sitting areas and benches/gazebo’s on the lake, lots of wild life, and the new baseball field will be built there soon, but currently the gates are locked due to lack of funding and an inability of the current volunteer board to maintain it, we are looking for ideas and another fresh start.

Thursday, Nov 25 at 7:00 at the Fall River Rec Centre there will be an RCMP Town Hall (open public) meeting with various police reps in attendance to do a presentation, hear concerns and answer questions. This is an opportunity for you to speak with your local officers.

Sunday, Nov 28 this years Fall River Lions Christmas Express Parade will depart the LWF Community Hall on Fall River Road at 1:00 and go down to the parking lot at Sobeys – please note this is the first year the parade will end at Sobeys, food donations are gratefully accepted.

Sunday, Nov 28 this years Beaver Bank Lions Club Parade of Lights will depart Barrett Lumber on the Beaver Bank Road at 6:00pm and work its way up to the Beaver Bank Kinsac Elementary School. Anyone interested in entering one or both parades can call me, we’d love to have you.
Monday, Nov 29th at 7:30 the Waverley Ratepayers will be holding a special meeting at the Waverley Legion that is open to the public. Along with this being their AGM and election of officers we will be discussing ending the Area Rate on sidewalks and discuss various traffic calming items.

Two final reminders, the first one is that winter is right around the corner and everyone by now should have their winter tires on as temperatures are dropping below freezing most nights and slippery patches are probable. Driving habits should be changing as well, motorists need to slow down and anticipate slippery patches – there is never an excuse for being in a hurry.

The HRM Service line number is 490-4000 and is open 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm, if you are looking for a service such as street grading, snow plowing, ditch cleaning please call the service line and operators will take your call and issue you a file number, they will then dispatch your call immediately to the Dept responsible.

Warmest regards, Barry

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