Welcome to the inaugural Carolyn’s Corner. Each month, I’ll be providing readers with a window into the various projects, initiatives and events happening within the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.
Each year, council sets the strategic priorities for the Municipality. This is based on information we receive from the provincial and federal government, staff, residents and community groups.
As you can imagine, a number of priorities end up being fairly consistent year after year. Within the larger priorities, we select a short list of projects to focus on and these see more change year to year. In December, we approved these strategic priorities for the next 18 months. Council then works with staff over the winter to pass a budget in the spring based on these priorities.
I’d like to share just a few of the projects we’ve had on our list over the past few years. Over the course of the next year, I’ll go into more details on these projects in this column and many more. If you miss a column, they’re also available at modl.ca/CarolynsCorner. There’s also a link there to our complete list of 2019-20 Strategic Priorities.
Being responsible with taxpayer dollars is of the utmost importance to this council. Last year, the Municipality accepted a Five-Year Financial Strategy. This gives us the ability to see how current and planned projects affect the municipal budget and the tax rate. We have not raised the tax rate in many years and we are on track to be debt free in 2023.
We’re working closely with Develop Nova Scotia, the provincial agency tasked with solving the problem of Internet access. We are supporting them in improving access to reliable, high-speed Internet to our residents. In addition, we’re funding a number of smaller community Internet projects on our own.
In 2018, we removed 77 straight pipes from the lower LaHave River as part of our ambitious LaHave River Straight Pipe Replacement Program, and we’re on track to remove another 80 to 100 straight pipes this year.
As part of our priority to expand recreational infrastructure, we’re continuing to work on River Ridge Commons, a 115-acre parcel of land that will contain a beautiful natural playground and trail system near New Germany on Highway 10. We expect River Ridge Commons to open this summer and we’ll post a celebratory event on our Facebook page and on modl.ca when the date has been selected.
This council is dedicated to continuing to make the Municipality a place where people want to live, work and raise a family.
Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is the mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. She will engage with South Shore Breaker readers by sharing updates from the community on a monthly basis.