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Crossing Guards - Closing Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm

The Municipality of the County of Colchester is accepting applications for two Crossing Guards for the Harmony Heights Elementary School crosswalks at Cedar Drive and Birch Street.  There will be two shifts (morning and afternoon) at each crosswalk between the hours of 7:20 a.m. – 8:20 a.m., and 1:40 to 2:40 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

For more information, download  pdf Crossing Guards (366 KB)

Municipal Office Restricted Hours & Access

Due to continued concerns relating to COVID-19 the offices of the Municipality of Colchester at the Courthouse Building (1 Church Street, Truro) will continue to operate with restricted hours from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday.

Before planning your visit please take note of the following:
• Public are encouraged to continue to use telephone or online options to contact the Municipality or for bill payment wherever possible. Phone: 902-897-3160, Fax (General Inquiries): 902-843-4066, Toll Free (in Nova Scotia): 1-866-728-5144 (902-89 or visit www.colchester.ca.
• Drop-ins will be accepted at the tax office only. All other visitors will be by appointment only.
• Visitors of the Municipality are asked to use the front entrance unless ramp at rear entrance is required for accessibility.
• The number of visitors allowed in the building at one time will be limited to ensure physical distancing requirements and gathering limits are safely met. Guests may be asked to wait outside or in their vehicles until it is their turn to safely enter.
• Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.
• Washroom facilities will be closed to the public.
• Council Chambers will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Note: The above details are subject to change in accordance with Provincial Health and Safety directives.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - CITIZEN APPOINTEES FOR VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Colchester is a progressive, rural municipality that offers an unparalleled work-life balance; it is a county of close-knit communities, respectful and caring of our diverse heritage and culture; and, is a community of talented people and businesses. 

The Municipality of Colchester is currently seeking volunteers to fill various vacancies on the following Boards and Committees for the 2020-2024 term of Council:

Agricultural Working Committee:  1-2 representatives from the farming industry;

Audit Committee: 1-2 citizen representatives;

Citizens Monitoring Committee (Kemptown Host Community):  6 host community representatives (applicants must reside in Kemptown) and 6 members at large;

Citizens Monitoring Committee (Wind Turbines): 1-2 citizen representatives from each Greenfield, Nuttby, and Truro Heights/Hilden;

Cobequid Housing Authority:  1 citizen representative;

Debert Business Park Advisory Committee:  2 business representatives, 1 citizen representative;

Debert Source Water Protection Advisory Committee:  1 business representative, 1 citizen representative and 1 representative from the First Nation Community;

Flood Advisory Committee: 2 citizen representatives;

Joint Flood Advisory Committee:  1 citizen representative;

Joint Planning Advisory Committee: 1 citizen representative;

Joint Police Advisory Board:  2 citizen representatives;

Planning Advisory Committee:  4 citizen representatives;

Tatamagouche Planning Advisory Committee:  5-7 citizen representatives (applicants must reside in the Village of Tatamagouche);

Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Advisory Committee:  2 citizen representatives (applicants must be from the Tatamagouche watershed area), 1 representative from the North Shore River Restoration Group, and 1 representative from the Village Commission;

Tatamagouche Water Utility Committee:  3 citizen representatives (applicants must live in the area serviced by the Tatamagouche Water Utility).

Letters of interest, including relevant background information, or any questions for the above appointments, should be submitted to:         

The Nominating Committee, c/o The Municipality of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, NS    B2N 3Z5
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expressions of interest should be received no later than 12 noon on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Dated October 17, 2020

Rob Simonds
Chief Administrative Officer  

A Gift to Uplift Spirits

The Municipality of Colchester received a special gift of handcrafted Nova Scotia themed buoys this week to pass on to families of the victims and to survivors of the April 18 and 19 tragedy to help uplift their spirits.

The gift was received from retired Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Craig McCormick who first started making and selling the buoys from his home near Kemptville, Ontario to raise funds in support of the victims’ families.

Uplifting Spirits Buoy

“When I first learned about the tragedy in Nova Scotia, I knew I wanted to do something to help and to let those affected know that they were not alone,” said McCormick.

Hundreds of buoys have been sold across Canada, and in the United States through McCormick’s Uplifting Spirits Facebook page with all proceeds going to the local Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society established to assist the affected families and communities.

“The location of each buoy sold is pinned on the Facebook page map. It is wonderful to see such widespread love and support from all over,” said McCormick. Four hundred buoys have been sold to date and sales are anticipated to reach over five hundred before the end of the year.

CraigMcCormick

“I’ve been making the buoys in an open-air workshop, but with the weather starting to change I expect production will be stifled for a bit. Though I hope to keep making them as long as people continue to ask for them,” said McCormick.

Colchester County Mayor, Christine Blair noted that the Municipality has experienced many generous acts of kindness in recent months. “From donations and thoughtful gifts, to encouraging letters, it is reassuring to know that we are in the hearts and minds of so many all across Canada,” said Blair. “We thank Mr. McCormick and all who have made such heart-warming gestures to help our community through these difficult times.”

For information on how to order an Uplifting Spirits buoy visit:
https://www.facebook.com/upliftingspiritsnovascotia

 

Strategic Priorities and Administrative Update

The following link provides an update on the status of Council's strategic priorities and serves to reflect the accomplishments during Council's 2016-2020 term of office. 

pdf Strategic Priorities Update (August 2020) (5.25 MB)

Tax Sale - November 17, 2020

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act of the Province of Nova Scotia,

TAKE NOTICE

That the lands and premises situated in the County of Colchester hereunder described shall be SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION for the arrears of rates and taxes due to the Municipality of the County of Colchester, unless the arrears of rates, taxes and expenses hereunder specified are paid in full. The auction will be held in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 42 Brunswick Street, Truro on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  The Municipality will follow Public Health Guidelines and procedures, such as social distancing, providing hand sanitizer upon entry, and the wearing of masks.  Masks (non-medical) will be mandatory.

For a list of properties up for tax sale,  pdf click here (133 KB)