Colchester Recognized for Contribution to New CMHA Building

The Municipality of Colchester was recently recognized for its $100,000 contribution to the Colchester - East Hants Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s new building.

On behalf of Council, Colchester Mayor Christine Blair and Deputy Mayor Geoff Stewart attended a reception held Thursday, November 28, that involved the unveiling of an art-piece identifying the many supporters of the project.

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New Brand for Municipality of Colchester

Colchester County Council approved a pdf new brand for the Municipality (2.67 MB)  at their Council meeting held on September 26, 2019. The new logo and tagline “be centred here” are part of an effort to improve public engagement, build a strong sense of pride in the community, and promote the County as a desirable place to live, work, and visit.

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“The Municipality had been using its coat-of-arms as a logo for quite some time. Our Council felt that it was time for something new that better represented the vibrancy and diversity of our community,” said Christine Blair, Mayor. “We’ll continue to use the coat-of-arms for formal purposes, though you will soon begin seeing our new look more prominently throughout our communications.”

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Fundy Discovery Site to Celebrate with Open House

The Council of the Municipality of Colchester will be hosting a public open house and ribbon cutting event at the Fundy Discovery Site (103 Tidal Bore Road, Lower Truro) on Saturday, September 21 from 3:30-6:00pm.

The event will involve live music by local bands at the new outdoor amphitheatre, opening of the natural playground, official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15pm, and free barbecue, cake and refreshments. The tidal bore is predicted to arrive at 5:55pm to close out the event.

The open house celebrates the completion of Phase 1 of development at the site. In addition to the Municipality’s investment to date, the event will recognize the support of the project’s various partners including the Province of Nova Scotia, Trans Canada Trail, Town of Truro and several local businesses.

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Snowbirds Over Debert

The evening of Wednesday, June 19th will be one to remember as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Colchester County!

Tickets are on sale and are very affordable as children under 12 are welcomed in for FREE with adults who will pay just $12 for an advance ticket. The Show site will open in the afternoon and flying will be after the supper hour.

The air show organizing team is very excited to provide a Snowbirds performance in Atlantic Canada this year. This will be the ONLY Snowbirds performance east of Quebec in 2019. We make history this year as the Snowbirds fly their very first performance at this location and will welcome other displays as additional participants are confirmed.

For more information visit Air Show Atlantic.

Cumberland and Colchester Counties to Collaborate on Internet Improvements

Cumberland and Colchester counties have an ambitious vision to make their region one of Canada’s most digitally connected rural places. The municipalities have entered into a formal collaboration and are seeking compatible internet service companies through a request for expressions of interest issued on the 24th of May.

The Request for Expressions of Interest for a Rural Broadband and Connected Communities Collaboration is timed to align with Develop Nova Scotia’s call for applications to receive funds from the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust. The Province has designated $193 million to contribute toward projects that bring highspeed rural broadband access to underserved areas in Nova Scotia. The first slate of projects will begin in 2019.

“This is a top priority for both of our Councils” says Colchester Councillor Tom Taggart “both for quality of life and economic reasons. We need to get this done.” World Bank research has shown a strong correlation between rural prosperity and the availability of broadband, as indicated by economic activity and property values.

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Municipality of Colchester Approves 2019-20 Operating Budget

After careful scrutiny, the Municipality of Colchester has approved the 2019-20 Operating Budget at its Council Meeting on the 25th of April.

Council’s aim was to achieve a balanced budget that affords delivery of excellent municipal services while investing in reserves, as well as in many community organizations and events. This has been accomplished.

Colchester enjoys one of the lowest rates of property tax in rural Nova Scotia. This budget affirms that status with a ½ cent increase to the residential tax rate. This amount will result in an additional annual charge of $5.88 for residential property owners with properties of average assessed value. Properties valued higher, for instance, at $200,000, will see an increase of $10 on their annual bill.

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