• 2020-2021 budget passed during the May 19 council session. Council voted to hold both the residential and commercial property tax rates the same for the 2020-2021 fiscal year – $1.22 for residential and $2.12 for commercial. Council was originally looking at a modest increase, but in light of the covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the county, it was decided to keep the rates the same for this year. The due date for payment of taxes is moved from August 31 to September 30, for this year.
• Staff are exploring options for a return to work for all facilities in June. The one-day reopening of our transfer stations on Saturday was well attended (about 150 residents in both Baddeck & Dingwall visited the sites) All who visited were polite, obliging and compliant with social distancing rules. Both sites will reopen on the next two Saturdays for residential waste (not bagged household garbage).
• A letter will be written to the provincial department of Transportation regarding ferry passes and local residents who buy passes. The ferries are presently not charging riders. Councillor Paul MacNeil questioned whether local residents who have purchased yearly passes will get a rebate. Councillor Merrill MacInnis again questioned why the Englishtown Ferry is sitting idle since November 10, 2019. Council is requesting the provinces’ Director of Ferry Services speak to council.
• Council is contacting NS department of TIR regarding a number of typical spring road issues including: a sinkhole near Englishtown, eroding shoulders approaching St. Margaret’s Village, ruts on Campbell St, Baddeck; a plugged culvert near Ross Ferry; potholes on Lighthouse Rd, Neil’s Harbour and grading is required on Ferry Rd, Ingonish Ferry.
• Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website, the day following the meeting (during the COVID-19 pandemic). Find more council minutes here: https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
• The next session is Monday, June 1, 2020 beginning at 5 pm. The session will be conducted via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. The video will be posted at www.victoriacounty.com the following day.
The next meeting of Victoria County Municipal Council will be held on Monday June 1, 2020, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held via Zoom teleconferencing.
The Municipality of the County of Victoria invites contractors to provide a quote for the supply of gardening services for the Municipal Administration Building at 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck.
For more details of quote requirements: Gardening Services .Work will start immediately upon award.
Due date: Tuesday May 26th, 2020 by 4:00 PM
Submission Type: Email or contact above for alternative submission.
Let's do it again! Our Baddeck & Dingwall waste management sites will be open this Saturday, May 23 for LIMITED items for residents.
Council Recap May 4, 2020
• Council reviewed the provincial plan to help municipalities and property owners deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Province will provide the municipality with a loan, which the municipality will in turn “micro-loan” it to our property owners affected by Covid 19. The loans have a small interest charge and a two-year repayment term. Property owners must be Nova Scotia residents and have their tax accounts in good standing (either up to date, or a repayment plan). Victoria County estimates a shortfall this year of $3.6 million in cash flow. Council encourages everyone who has the ability to pay their taxes to do so. Tax bills will likely be in the mail in June.
• Councillors expressed concern over the effects of the recent heavy rains – flooding in Lower Washabuck and a culvert washout on MacLean Road, Boularderie.
• Council explored the possibility of reopening our Waste Management facilities. Residents are ready to see them open – but any opening must be done slowly and safely, with the health of our staff as the main concern. At present our sites are closed to follow the provincial State of Emergency regulations. Any changes will be posted to www.victoriacounty.com and on the Municipality of Victoria County Facebook page.
• Council thanked the front-line workers across the province for all their hard work in these times.
Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website, the day following the meeting (during the COVID-19 pandemic). Find more council minutes here: https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
The next session is Tuesday, May 19, 2020, beginning at 5 pm. The session will be conducted via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. The video will be posted at www.victoriacounty.com the following day.
Want to show how your Grandma made oatcakes or crocheted a scarf?
Maybe you have a keen interest in flower arranging? Or knot tying?
Maybe you know how to gut a fish.
Victoria County Recreation can help you create a video & live stream it so others can learn.
Reach out to Victoria County's Active Living Coordinator Lydia Kerr today for more info!