My new website:
Last Thursday we launched my new website. I hope that you will find it both informative and enjoyable. You can find key highlights in each of the following sections: About me, our Accomplishments, my Vision for HRM and Bedford-Wentworth, and also my Commitment to you. You can also Meet my Family and our pets!
We had fun compiling pictures of projects, events, community groups, and improvements in our community.
For those who recall TimTV Seasons 1, 2 & 3, we have added links to some of the most popular episodes.
Please access it via https://timouthit.ca
Odour from Mill Cove Sewage Treatment Plant:
Those of you that live, or walk, near DeWolf Park may have noticed a stronger than normal odour coming from Halifax Water‘s Mill Cove Sewage Treatment Plant. This happens periodically during hot and dry weather.
I was advised on Friday that Halifax Water will be flushing their system on Waterfront Dr. to address the smell situation.
HRM Municipal program and service level adjustments – Labour Day weekend:
“The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments for the Labour Day weekend:
Recreation Facilities, Programs and Services:
Public washrooms and first aid at the Emera Oval pavilion will be open on Monday, September 7 from noon to 8 p.m. Rentals are not currently available, however, residents are welcome to use the Emera Oval for cycling and rollerblading with their own equipment. Please be advised that masks are mandatory in public places, including the public washrooms at the Emera Oval.
Lifeguard supervision and water quality testing at all municipal beaches ended for the summer season on Monday, August 31, however, the following beaches will reopen Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7:
- Chocolate Lake beach
- Kearney Lake beach
- Penhorn Lake beach
Lifeguard supervision will be in place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The last day for water quality testing at these beaches is Monday, September 7. Residents are reminded to always use caution when in, or on, the water.
The algae bloom risk advisory remains in effect for Lake Micmac in Dartmouth. The municipality will advise residents when the risk advisory has been lifted.
Most municipal splash pads will remain open until Sunday, September 20. The Halifax Common splash pad closed for the season on Monday, August 31.
Many municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, September 7. Residents are advised to call ahead to their respective facility for operating hours and program information. For details regarding each facility and their respective access, please visit: www.halifax.ca/recreation/facilities-fields/rec-centres.
Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours:
No municipal solid waste collection services will take place on Monday, September 7. Curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables normally scheduled for Monday, September 7 will be provided the preceding Saturday, September 5. Residents are reminded that collection services can begin as early as 7 a.m. To ensure collection, materials may be placed curbside the evening prior to collection day.
The Otter Lake Waste Facility will be closed on Monday, September 7, but will be open on Saturday, September 5 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (residential drop-off area only). The municipal Recycling Plant will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, but will be open on Saturday, September 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Household Special Waste depot will reopen on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Halifax Transit Bus and Ferry Service:
On Monday, September 7, Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday schedules, and ferries will be operating on the current reduced schedules for Sundays and holidays (10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
For detailed holiday schedules by individual route, please visit:https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/routes-schedules.
On-street parking meter spaces are free on Monday, September 7, however motorists must abide by other posted signage such as accessible parking, fire hydrants and no-stopping.
Customer Contact Centres:
The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday, September 7. You can contact 311 by phone, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Monday, September 7, and will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.
Have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend.
Police remind motorists to drive with caution
“With the start of the new school year, police ask that you do your part to keep streets safe for students as they head back to the classroom.
Even though it looks different this year, thousands of students will be returning to school and many will be busing, walking and riding their bikes to get there. With more people and vehicles on our roadways, motorists are asked to drive with caution and allow for additional time when travelling before, during and after school.
Keep in mind that the speed limit in school zones is reduced to 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h, when children are present. Where the approaching speed limit is higher than 50 km/h, drivers are required to reduce speed to a maximum of 50 km/h when children are present. By reducing your speed, you’ll have more time to react to the unexpected and avoid an incident. Slower is safer, as children are sometimes distracted and do not always notice oncoming traffic.
Remember that passing school buses in either direction when the red lights are flashing, regardless of the number of lanes of traffic, not only puts people in danger, but is illegal and carries substantial fines. Motorists must also slow down approaching a school bus with flashing amber lights and prepare to stop.
Please avoid shortcutting in and around school areas if possible. Obey posted signs as well as crossing guards’ directions, watch out for children crossing the street and remember that crosswalks are not always marked. Essentially, every intersection is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.
Our officers will be paying extra attention in school zones throughout the month of September to educate motorists, enforce motor vehicle regulations and ensure a safe start to the school year”.
Have a great long weekend and please let me know if you have questions or ideas!