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(All meetings start at 6 pm unless otherwise noted)

  • January 14, 2021 - Council Committee
  • January 28, 2021 - Council 
  • February 2, 2021 - Presentation Meeting
  • February 11, 2021 - Council Committee
  • February 25, 2021 - Council 
  • March 2, 2021 - Presentation Meeting
  • March 11, 2021 - Council Committee
  • March 25, 2021 - Council

** Note - Presentation Meetings are held on an as needed basis. Please check with the Administration Office @ 902-897-3184 to confirm that the meeting is taking place. 

Go to the Meeting Agenda for the next regular scheduled Council or Council Committee meeting (posted as available).

Major Rural Broadband Network Taking Shape in Cumberland and Colchester

One of the largest optic fibre-based high speed internet networks in rural Canada is being built in the Municipalities of Colchester and Cumberland.   An Agreement between the Municipalities and Xplornet Communications Inc. was signed on August 21st following unanimous approval of both Councils.

 

Read more: Major Rural Broadband Network Taking Shape in Cumberland and Colchester

Cliffs of Fundy Achieves UNESCO Global Geopark Designation

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, spanning the Fundy shore of Cumberland and Colchester counties from Apple River to Lower Truro, has officially been named a “UNESCO Global Geopark”. The prestigious designation was announced today at a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board in Paris and is anticipated to be a catalyst for tourism growth in Nova Scotia.

Read more: Cliffs of Fundy Achieves UNESCO Global Geopark Designation

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box Program

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program is a short-term initiative to provide home delivery of food to Nova Scotians who need food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs. If you know someone in this situation, please encourage them to call 211 on weekdays from 8am-8pm. Their phone navigators will help identify whether this program is a good fit.

Please note

  • At this point individuals must call 211 for intake, weekdays from 8am-8pm.
  • Each food box contains non-perishable items to help provide food support for up to seven days. A household with one person will receive two food boxes. A household with two or more people will receive four food boxes. No household will receive more than four food boxes in a single delivery. We have a limited capacity of food boxes. If someone needs food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs, we encourage them to make use of this program while it’s available.
  • Food boxes will be delivered throughout the province by community partners, volunteers and courier, depending on the location. In all regions, the matching and delivery process is managed by Feed Nova Scotia. Delivery times will vary between 1-5 days.

Remember, food banks are still there

Most food banks and meal programs are still open with processes in place to safely serve their communities. If you know someone in need of food who does have the ability to access a food bank or meal program, please encourage them to consider this option. To find a food bank nearby, people should call 211 or visit Feed Nova Scotia’s website and click on the Find Food button: Feed Nova Scotia

No Tax Rate Increase as Municipality of Colchester Approves 2020-21 Budget

After much scrutiny and thoughtful deliberation, the Municipality of Colchester approved its 2020-21 Operating Budget at a meeting of Council on May 14th.

The budgeting process was especially challenging this year. Council faced many uncertainties relating to COVID-19 and had to meet through ZOOM virtual meetings rather than in person. Despite the unusual circumstances, they were pleased to successfully achieve a balanced budget without increasing tax rates.

“We recognize that many of our residents and businesses may be struggling right now. We worked hard to find ways to reduce spending without impacting our high standard of service, to ensure that we could keep our tax rates the same.” said Colchester County Mayor, Christine Blair.

“We are proud to have one of the lowest tax rates in rural Nova Scotia. We have continued to invest in our reserve funds in preparation for emergency spending if needed and we have continued to invest in capital projects that will help stimulate our struggling economy while improving local infrastructure. I believe we are well positioned to work through these trying times.” said Mayor Blair.

The Operating Budget is set in a context of competing needs, requests, opportunities, and anticipated revenues. Some costs and revenue streams are not within the Municipality’s control. Taxes collected and required to be transferred to the Provincial Government for services such as schools, housing, libraries, and assessment services, and to the Federal Government for policing, increased $389,081 (2.8%) this year to a total of $14,463,224. It is a notable achievement that Council accommodated this increase in the budget without raising tax rates.

“I’m very proud that in this budget we continue to financially support hard-working community organizations throughout Colchester County,” remarked Mayor Blair. The Municipality provides extensive funding for facilities, programs, events, and many not-for-profit community groups in the County. “It is the vital work that these organizations do that makes our communities wonderful and caring places to live in.”

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