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Colchester Offers Funeral Support to Families of All Victims

Monday evening (April 20) Colchester County Council held an emergency meeting related to the tragic events that occurred in our communities over the weekend.

Much sorrow and heartfelt sympathies were expressed along with concern for the families, friends and neighbors most affected.

At the meeting a motion was quickly tabled to support the families of victims left devastated. Council moved to contribute up to $5000 to help offset the funeral expenses of each victim.

“Council shares the incredible heartbreak that so many are feeling at this time. The families of the victims are left to grieve such incredible loss. We felt that this was one way we could alleviate concerns related to funeral costs and allow families to fully focus on healing.”

In memory of those lost, the flags at our Colchester Municipal Offices continue to be flown at half mast.

County Administration will put staff in place to help navigate any community member who needs assistance finding the support they need throughout this difficult time.

Residents are reminded that the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7. Call (toll-free) 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

Morneau Shepell has opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Call (toll free) 1-844-751-2133.

HOSPICE Colchester East Hants is also available for grief support by calling 902-893-3265.

A Message of Condolences

“Words cannot describe the depth of sadness we are feeling as we mourn those lost to this senseless tragedy. The news has been shocking and for many of us, we are still coming to terms that this nightmare is indeed reality.

On behalf of Colchester County Council I would like to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt sympathies to all the families, friends and community members affected. Our hearts go out to you.

We especially acknowledge RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson who was killed in the line of duty as she bravely worked to serve and protect her community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the entire RCMP organization. Moreover, we thank all first responders for their selfless courage and heroic efforts and extend our profound appreciation for all involved.

In memory of those lost, the flags at our Colchester Municipal Offices are being flown at half mast.

For those affected by these tragic events and in need of help, please reach out.

  • The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).
  • Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. The number is: 1-844-751-2133

In closing, as we learn more details about the tragic events of April 18th &19th  and the true impact to our community, we would encourage all to show love and support to one another as we process this unfathomable event together. We will get through this difficult time."

Mayor Christine Blair On behalf of Colchester County Council

2020 Spring Clean-up Replaced by Year-Round Alternative

No 2020 Spring Clean-Up Program for residents of Colchester County due to COVID-19

To assist each household with bulky waste disposal you will be able to place two large items curbside on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day for pick up.  This bulky waste collection is only for properties that are currently eligible for residential curbside collection. 

Two bulky item collection begins for Municipality of Colchester residents on May 4, 2020 and will continue until March 31, 2021.   The program will be reassessed throughout the year to evaluate if it will continue or if Spring Clean Ups will be reinstated for the Spring of 2021. Only residential properties that are three units or less, apartment building (four to six units) and nonprofit organizations that have applied for residential curbside collection are eligible. Please refer to your collection schedule to ensure that materials are placed out on the appropriate collection day. 

Items are to be placed within 10 feet of the road by 7:00am on your collection day.

The maximum weight of individual items cannot exceed 50lbs or one cubic meter in size, except for furniture and appliances.

Call the Helpline at 902-895-4777 for further information or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What's InWhat's Out
Appliances (max. one of each type) Automotive parts/batteries
Bedsprings & mattresses Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste
Broken glass (safely packaged) Commercial or business waste
Furniture Liquid wastes
Hot water tanks/Oil tanks – emptied Construction debris of large volumes
Lawn furniture Tires
Toys (bikes) Propane tanks
Max. weight of bundled items-50lbs Small Loose Materials
Carpet 3ft. lengths (50 lbs max) Electronics (TV, Microwave, Computer, Printer, Stereo, VCR, DVD Player, etc)
Bundle of wood – (50 lbs max)  

Note

Electronic Drop off depots are closed at this time due to Covid 19.  Please continue to hold on to your electronic recyclables.  To find a depot when re-opened visit: Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)  (Subway Bottle Exchange, Bible Hill; TNT Recycling, Shubenacadie, and Tatamagouche Recycling, Tatamagouche).

Blue Bag Recycling Resumes April 8, 2020

Blue bag residential curbside collection will resume on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please have blue bags curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.

Recyclables sorting at our Materials Recovery Facility remains suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Material will be stored on site. The site remains closed to the general public.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in sorting your materials properly.

Reminder, due to the holiday weekend, there will be no collection on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13, 2020.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at www.colchester.ca or call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline) follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update On Municipal Park Closures And Trails

Until further notice

  • All municipal parks and their parking lots are closed.
  • All trails within municipal parks are closed.
  • All playgrounds are closed.
  • Parking lots used for accessing municipal trails are closed. Driving to and parking at trailheads to access trails is not permitted.

Sections of the Cobequid Trail operated by the Municipal of Colchester remain open for exercise if you can access them by walking, cycling, or wheelchair from your home. These include the following:

  • Rail trail section from Shore Road in Old Barns easterly to the Town of Truro boundary (near Emera driveway, near north end of Wade Road)
  • Farnham Brook section in Valley and Bible Hill
  • Dalhousie Agricultural Campus section

Gathering limits and physical distancing must be followed.

The Municipality of Colchester thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.

For more information or further notices related to COVID-19 visit colchester.ca or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

All Municipal Departments Remain In Operation

Reminder: departments of the Municipality of Colchester remain in operation

Departments of the Municipality of Colchester remain in operation despite offices and facilities being closed to public visitation due to concerns related to COVID-19.  The Municipality will continue to provide all services such as community planning, building inspection, public works, garbage collection, etc., to the maximum extent possible.

You may continue to contact the Municipality by phone or email during regular business hours

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by calling the general line at 902-897-3160 or toll free (in Nova Scotia) 1-866-728-5144.

Bill Payments

Bill Payments can be made online, or by depositing a cheque in the secure drop box at the rear entrance. If you have an inquiry relating to the Tax Office, please call (902) 897-3150.

Community Development

To discuss and submit applications for development permits, subdivisions, rezonings and development agreements, as well as requests for zoning letters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170 for instructions on how to proceed. 

Building Inspections

  • To discuss and submit building applications, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.
  • To schedule a building inspection for a project under construction, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.
  • For emergency services such as a problem with Municipal Water or Municipal Sewer please call Public Works at (902) 897-3175.

Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program Application

The Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program Application deadline has been extended until May 29, 2020. Inquiries can be made to (902) 897-3150.

Inquries

  • For inquiries relating to garbage, compost or recycling contact our Helpline: 902-895-4777
  • In case of night and/or weekend emergencies, call 902-897-3175
  • For more information, visit colchester.ca or follow us on Facebook or Twitter