The meeting took place via teleconferencing. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8tN6t3KfinI
• Village of Baddeck Commissioner Bill Marchant spoke to council via teleconferencing from Vancouver to ask that the county support improvements to the Baddeck Community Wharf and waterfront in Baddeck. The proposal is from Develop Nova Scotia. Council agreed to fund $25,000 of the first phase, but did not commit to future support.
• Discussion took place during the Tax Update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic effects on tax collection. The Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and the NS Federation of Municipalities are looking for a province wide solution to help provide relief on property tax payments. Meetings are ongoing.
• Municipal operations continue with a skeleton staff. Both recycling centres remain closed to the public.
• There are a few issues for the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure & Renewal around the municipality, mostly due to the disappearing snow and the time of year: signs down along roads in Washabuct/Iona; a manhole collapsing in Ingonish and potholes on the main street in Baddeck.
• Councillors expressed concern for residents and businesses in the tourism and fishing industries while the Covid-19 shut-down continues.
• Council commends all residents and businesses for following the provincial orders and staying home and closing their business doors. It has not been easy, but for the common good of all.
• Council extends thanks to all frontline workers who are keeping things running while the rest of us are sheltering at home. It was moved and seconded that each councillor will purchase small denomination gift cards from Tim Hortons, to be distributed as a way of thanks.
• Another council session will take place April 20, 2020, via teleconferencing. Minutes will be posted the following day at https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
March 31, 2020
A few words from Warden Bruce Morrison:
On behalf of myself and Victoria County councillors, I would like to thank each and everyone of you.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has clearly changed the way we live our lives. Everyone, including the municipality, is figuring out how to make our world work in this new reality.
One thing is very clear: Victoria County residents and businesses are abiding by the public health protocols and making every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.We see it in the quietness of our communities and respect for social distancing in our public facilities.
This must continue; for our friends, our neighbours and for the future of our businesses. We need, now more than ever, to continue to follow the provincial rules. We are all in this together.
• Stay home. When you can get out for some fresh air, maintain physical distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance (the length of a hockey stick) between you and other people.
• When you get outside, stay in your own neighbourhood. Most trails are closed and the RCMP are monitoring these sites for those who are not following the provincial rules. Again, maintain a six-foot distance with other people.
• If you see someone who you believe is not self isolating, treat them with kindness. Perhaps they need help and are unsure where to turn. Offer to help find them the help they need. Direct them to the resources. There are ways to help from a distance.
• Get your information from reliable sources:
Federal Government: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Provincial Government: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Victoria County: www.victoriacounty.com/covid-19/
Council commends Victoria County medical professionals, our doctors and nurses; our front-line grocery store workers and pharmacies staff, our janitorial and cleaning crews and others deemed essential by the province. These people are putting themselves at risk so that we can live in health.
Finally, thanks to our own municipal staff– from on-site Public Works staff and garbage collections crews to water utility operators and administration personnel, all are working hard to keep the municipality running in these extraordinary circumstances.
Warden Bruce Morrison & Victoria County Councillors
The meeting took place via teleconferencing. Here is the link to a video of the meeting: https://youtu.be/UwKcIB4Ja8o.
• Council approved the Pandemic Preparedness Plan for the continuation of essential operations during a pandemic. The Municipal Plan fosters business continuity by outlining the action plans and processes to be followed as we work toward the resumption of normal business operations. You can read the plan here.
• Council approved a recommendation that the current credit card limit be increased from $50,000 to $100,000 as it is difficult to get cheques signed during the pandemic. This will allow for purchases needed for essential services.
• Operations Update: The municipality is working with a skeleton crew. Waste Collection continues, but our sites are closed to the public.
• Council passed a motion appointing Blair Gallop as Victoria County Returning Officer for the October 2020 municipal elections.
• Another council session will take place April 6, via teleconferencing. Minutes will be posted the following day at https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
• A business that does not practice social distancing (there are exemptions for grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies).
• A business that hosts social gatherings of more than 5 people.
• A workplace that does not maintain a two-metre or six-foot distance between people/staff.
Businesses can face fines of $7500 a day for every day they do not comply.
The RCMP have informed the municipality they will be enforcing these State of Emergency orders. If you see something that is concerning, please contact the RCMP office in your community.
Baddeck RCMP: 902-295-2350
Ingonish RCMP: 902-285-2021
For more information on the State of Emergency: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts
Today, March 22, 2020, Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services.
For a complete list: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200322001
They will clog the system (and who needs that problem now!) Put any wipes you use in the garbage.
Effective end of the day Friday March 20, 2020
• Transfer Stations will close to the public. Only businesses and municipal collection vehicles will be given access to the sites. Residents are to use curbside collection services.
• New Haven Recycling Facility will be closed. Businesses with recyclable material are directed to use the Dingwall Transfer Station.
• Baddeck and New Haven Recycling Depots will remain closed
• The Baddeck Transfer Station and Dingwall will be open for commercial entities and municipal collection vehicles only - Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm
This measure is part of Victoria County's measures to protect our staff and the public due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.