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Call for Volunteers - Committees of Council - 1 Day Left!

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in Wolfville?  This is a Great Opportunity to be involved!

  • Committee Application forms due:  Friday, February 24th

Why not think about serving as a member of one of the Committees of Council.  The following Committees of Council will be needing volunteers by end-March 2017:

  • RCMP Advisory Board
    • One appointment
  • Source Water Protection Advisory Committee
    • Two appointments

Get involved

Further details regarding each of the above Committees of Council may be found at each of the following website links:

  Committee Application Form

  • Deadline for submission:  Friday, Frebruary 24, 2017

If you have any questions, please call (902-542-9678) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the Town Clerk

2017 Apple Blossom Festival Leadership Candidates!

The Town of Wolfville is searching for our 2017 Apple Blossom Festival Leadership Candidate. Submit your application today!

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Friday the 17th Rec Program!

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Does the news of the Teacher’s Strike have you and your family in a bind this Friday? Register for our Recreation Programming, out of the Wolfville Recreation Centre, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For a cost of $20/child, your student can spend from 8:30AM-4:30PM with Town of Wolfville Recreation Department staff.

Water Interruption (Gaspereau Ave) - Wednesday, February 15

Beginning at 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and continuing to approximately 4:00 PM, there will be a scheduled water interruption affecting the residents on Gaspereau Avenue (from Fowler Street to Pleasant Street), also affecting residents of Fowler Street and Iona Road. 

The interruption is necessaryto repair a watermain break.

Residents are advised to stockpile the necessary water needed during the interruption prior to 8:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Full details may be viewed on the   Notice to Residents  (click link)

Winter Roadside Restrictions

Winter Roadside Restrictions

Along with the Town of Wolfville Parking Ban, here is another reminder.

The Town is not responsible for Compost Bins overturned or damaged during routine snow clearing.

Take care where you leave your compost bins. Store it well off the road and shoulders most of the time.

On compost pick-up days, be sure to allow enough room for the snow plow to pass. A truck with a front plow and a side wing can be 10 feet across

Employment Opportunity - Town of Wolfville - Accountant

Employment Opportunity: Accountant  (Click Link for Information about this Job Opportunity)

Employment Opportunity:

Accountant

Wolfville has an immediate opportunity for an Accountant to join the team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for payroll processing, overseeing group benefits and pension, and supports the Director through the application of accounting/bookkeeping skills, and assisting and acting as backup for administrative activities.

Reporting to the Director of Financial Services, the successful candidate will have experience working in a general accounting office, with specific skills in payroll processing and general accounting reconciliations and general ledger analysis.  Supervisory skills are an asset for the future of this position.   

The successful candidate will have at least 5 years’ practical experience, and should have a related university or community college business degree; accounting designation is desirable.  They should be comfortable working with others and self-motivated when working alone.  Computer literacy utilizing financial software and MS Office products is required.  Experience in Municipal Diamond/GP Financial Software, including payroll module, is a definite asset.  Familiarity with electronic document management systems and intranet platforms are also an asset.

The position requires 35 hours per week and may occasionally require overtime.

Applications will be accepted up until Thursday, February 23 at 4:30 pm and may be submitted by email to:

E-mail:            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject line:    Accountant Position

A full job description is available upon request. Salary based on experience and qualifications.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those under consideration will be contacted.

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Summer Employment, Parks Department

The Town of Wolfville is inviting applications for two (2) summer positions with the Parks Department. Applicants should be highly motivated, have a sincere desire to learn, and work well within a team environment. Experience and/or training in horticulture would be considered an asset.

The 2017 work season is for 16 weeks, beginning early May.  

Letters of application and resumes for this position may be submitted by mail, in person to:  Town of Wolfville 359 Main Street, Wolfville NS, B4P 1A1  or e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line Summer Employment)  Full Job descritption available click  here

Applications close February 24th, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  

All applicants are thanked for their interest, however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.  

For more information on the Town of Wolfville visit our website at www.wolfville.ca

CPP Grant Application Period Now Open

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The Community Partnership Program Grant is available to community groups that organize or operate programs/events in the Town of Wolfville. It aims to enhance the vibrancy of our Town by supporting organizations whose programs and/or events benefit the community by promoting active living and exploration of the past to enrich the lives of community members.

Applications must be received by March 31st, 2017. Late applications will be disqualified. The maximum amount available through this program is $2000.00per fiscal year. 

To view the application form click here .

2017-18 Budget Process & Updates

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The Town’s Budget Process is underway! As per the Town’s Standard Operating Procedure adopted in 2015, the first Council meeting to discuss the next fiscal budget begins at the regularly scheduled November Committee of the Whole (COW).

The 2017/18 Budget process began on November 1, 2016 with a goal of approving a balanced budget on March 21, 2017 at the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting.

Use the menu below to navigate each meeting to view agenda packages, presentations and key changes. November 1, 2016, Committee of the Whole.

November 1, Committee of the Whole

January 17, Committee of the Whole

January 24, Special Committee of the Whole

February 7, Committee of the Whole

March 7, Committee of the Whole

November 1, 2016, Committee of the Whole

The following information was presented for discussion:

  • Key Financial Data review of inflation, expected growth (or lack thereof) and other known factors that may create budget limitations to inform discussion on budget philosophy/approach
  • Capital Budget Information including the first draft of the 10-Year Capital Invesment Plan (CIP) and Project Charters. 

Taxable Assessments

Residential

  • preliminary PVSC data up only 1% overall
  • new construction, average market value increase, impact of CAPPED not yet available
  • CAP % not available, currently estimate 1.4% – 1.5% (previous year was 0.3%)

Commercial

  • preliminary PVSC data, drop of 2.75% (10% in 2015)
  • don’t have details yetInflation/Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)/CPI

As noted for assessments, provincial CAPPED Assessment Program tied to October over October comparison (expected to = 1.4%).  Average COLA to end of September = 1.3%

Capital Budget Information

The first draft of the CIP included the following projects in Year 1 (201718):

  • GIS Equipment Upgrade
  • King St. (Victoria to Willow)
  • Blomidon Terr. Sidewalk
  • Sunset Terr./Sunset Dr.
  • Wickwire Ave. Sidewalk
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Cemetery Wall
  • East End Gateway Design
  • Evangeline Park
  • Nature Preserve Dam - engineering
  • Mobile Skateboard Park

Not included in the list above is general equipment/upgrades and engineering costs that are consistent year over year. You can view the complete draft CIP in the agenda package from November 1, 2016. (see link below)

No formal motion is made at this stage. Rather staff is seeking consensus from members of Council on overall budget goals as they move towards the 1st Draft Version 2017/18 Operating and Capital Budgets (Town and Water Utility)

Links:   November 1 Agenda Package , November 1 Presentation , November 1 Minutes

January 17, 2017, Committee of the Whole

Staff updated Council on changes to the draft 10-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) based on discussions that took place at the November 1 COW and new information that has been presented to Council regarding future capacity of the Sewer Treatment Plant. The following information points were discussed:

  • Direction on what year the traffic lights and the type of active transportation infrastructure should be in the CIP based on the Information Report prepared by Public Works. (found in the agenda package)
  • Gaspereau Avenue – Public Works has identified the need to replace a section of older storm water pipe due to deterioration of corrugated metal sections. Current draft CIP shows $180,000 in Year 2. May need to be moved to Year 1.
  • Other project changes in the “street” section of the plan.
    • Storm Water – Main Street to railway tracks at Orchard Avenue. This was originally part of the 2016/17 Orchard Avenue project. A review by Dept. of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans was needed in this section of the project and therefore it was deferred to 2017/18 for completion.
    • In reviewing water quality issues with Public Works staff, Kent Ave. was identified as a higher priority and it was moved forward to Year 2, with Westwood Ave. moving out to Year 3. This change will also allow time to re-evaluate the scope of work required on Westwood Ave.
  • Impact of Sewer Treatment Plant expansion added to Year 4 of the CIP.

As with November 1, no formal motion is made at this stage. Staff is continuing to seek consensus from Council.

Links: January 17 Agenda Package , January 17 Minutes

January 24, 2017, Special Committee of the Whole

The Special COW in January is the first time the draft Operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year is presented to Council. Below is a highlight of information presented:

  • Draft Town Operating Budget V1 is NOT a balanced budget; short fall of $102,300
  • Options for reach a balanced budget may include a tax increases and/or other funding (possibly reserves) and/or expenditure cuts.
  • This is only draft one and there is still time to make changes – 2 more months!

Impact on taxpayer if the rate is left unchanged:
All ratepayers (residential & commercial)

  • Overall, 2.0%
  • Excluding new construction/reno, TBD%
  • Residential, 2.17%
  • Commercial, 1.16%
  • New construction data/impact to be provided by Feb COW

Operating Expenditures up $247,400 overall and include:

  • Salary & wages (permanent and seasonal), increase $122,500
    (including related benefit costs)•
  • Contracted Services $110,400
    (includes $60,000 for additional mill/pave on Main St & >$21,800 RCMP)
  • Operational Equip/Supplies $62,600
    (includes Wharf Repairs, Mona Parsons Project, Wayfinding)
  • Stipends/Honorariums $21,600

Items not yet included in the first draft:

  • Landmark East and Wolfville School one time capital requests - $200,000
  • Upward Pressure on Grants to Organizations Policy re: Strategic Partners category
    • Wolfville Historical Society
    • Devour
  • Recreation Study – joint initiative with other municipal units
  • Other costs – Municipal units in Kings Co. appear to have renewed momentum on common topics, could mean new costs for regional initiatives
  • Any savings IF Wolfville pulls out of the REN as per notice given a year ago

No formal motion is made at this stage. Staff is continuing to seek consensus from Council.

Link: January 24 Agenda Package , January 24 Presentation , January 24 Minutes

February 7, 2017, Committee of the Whole

Based on the direction from Council at the January 24th COW and adjusted budget estimates, the budget shortfall has gone from $102,300 down to $22,600. As staff continues to review their budget estimates, there may be room to get closer to break even without substantial decision points. This becomes less likely if decisions are made to add further expenditures to the budget.

Changes made to reduce the shortfall include:

  • Deed Transfer Tax – increasing the total budget estimate brings the total up to $300,000. This is still within the 5 year average actual results, but as previously noted there is an increased risk if the upcoming year shows a slowdown in real estate movement. Actual for fiscal 2015/16 was over $410,000. Fiscal 2014/15 actual results were a low of $257,000.
  • Adjustment to Employee Benefits (both full time and seasonal) is the result of a more refined estimate. The first draft of the budget reflected a general 20% cost (in relation to wages). Further work was done on these estimates, with the expected actual for each department calculated. Each department, depending on salary/wage levels and participation in health/dental plan, will experience different levels of benefit cost %’s ranging from 15% to just over 20%.
  • Professional Development – reflects removal of dollars left in individual departmental budgets that are already included in the HR Dept. budgeted estimate.
  • Legal – judgement call on legal, bringing the budget estimate closer to what a “normal” year should be rather than what has been experienced the last couple of years. If the actual experience for 2017/18 sees another issue requiring higher than normal requirements, then senior management will review to fit the extra costs within the overall Town operations. If not possible, and if costs require, a report would come to Council seeking alternative funding, e.g. reserves.
  • Utilities, Operational equip/supplies, Contracted services, and Partner Contributions are refinements of original budget estimates.
  • Operating Reserves – increased use of reserves discussed at January Special COW, to fund two projects;
  • o Mona Parsons
  • o Wharf repairs at Waterfront Park

Recap of other budget notes/highlights:

  • No change in tax rates from 2016/17
  • 48% of residential properties under CAP program (1.4 % increase in assessment)
  • 40% of residential assessments have less than a 1.4% increase in assessment
  • No change in tax rate means 88% of residential properties will see a 1.4% OR less increase in their taxes. Almost 20% would see a reduction in taxes.
  • 42% of commercial accounts saw increased assessments
  • 17 commercial accounts (15%) had no change in assessment
  • 48 (43%) accounts had a reduction in assessment
  • No change in tax rate means 63% of businesses will see a reduction in Town property taxes, notwithstanding increased costs related to increases in the Business Development Area Rate. Further info will be available by meeting time on February 7th. 

NOT Included in V2:

  • Landmark East and Wolfville School requests - $200,000 ($100,000 each)
  • Devour request beyond Policy - $5,000
  • Wolfville Historical Society beyond Policy - $5,000
  • Potential costs for additional planning Contracted Service/term wages to assist with MPS amendments (one-off outside of MPS review process) - $25,000

In terms of the Capital Budget, it has remained essentially unchanged with the exception of the street lights proposed at Main/Gaspereau. Council direction coming out of January Special COW was to see what funding impact would occur by moving the project tentatively to Year 2. This change is now reflected in the draft CIP. The management team discussed this change after COW, and a couple of issues were identified that would speak to the lights fitting better in Year 3 vs. Year 2.

The Water Utility Budget has been included in this draft. As discussed in past years, this budget has few, if any, decision points for COW/Council. The Capital Budget format has been changed to be more consistent with the format used by the Town Capital Fund, and to fit more closely with the requirements of the UARB template. The key needed at this stage continues to be a Rate Study review that takes into consideration the impacts on the Water Utility of water consumption trends and future capital requirements.

No formal motion is made at this stage.  Staff continues to seek direction to reach a balanced budget.

Links: February 7 Agenda Package , February 7 Presentation , February 7 Minutes*

*Minutes are approved at the next Committee of the Whole meeting

March 7, 2017, Committee of the Whole

(Information should be updated by March 10th)
We strive to have agenda packages for Committee of the Whole and Town Council meetings available to the public by the end of day Thursday prior to the meeting. Check here for the agenda package for this meeting.

Seeking 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards Nominees!

The Town of Wolfville is looking for Nominations for our 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards! Fill out this form and return by Monday, February 6th to nominate a wonderful volunteer from Wolfville to represent the Town at the Provincial Volunteer Appreciation Awards.

Proclamation - African Heritage Month - February 2017

Mayor Jeff Cantwell has Proclaimed February 2017 as African Heritage Month in the Town of Wolfville

View the Proclamation on the Town of Wolfville's Proclamation Webpage