Special Town Council virtual meeting - Dec 18 - 1 pm

Special Town Council Meeting
December 18, 2020 - 1 p.m.
Virtual Meeting – via Zoom

This meeting is an In Camera meeting and will not be livestreamed.

Agenda

 

Call to Order

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Retire to closed session pursuant to section 22 (2) (e) Municipal Government Act (contract negotiations)

3. Meeting Adjourned

Town Council Meeting - Tues. Dec 15th - 6.30 pm Online

There will be an online Town Council Meeting on Tuesday December 15th starting at 6.30 pm via Zoom.

The meeting will be live on the Town's Facebook page for all to listen and watch.

If you would like to speak during the public input session please email:

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for a zoom link that will give you access to speak.

Thank you.

COVID-19 rapid test pop up clinic today, December 3rd, from 11 am - 3 pm

We are pleased that the COVID-19 rapid test pop up clinic will return to Wolfville today, December 3rd, from 11 am - 3 pm

at the Wolfville Lions Club (36 Elm Avenue).

This will be the last day for this clinic so come out if you haven’t already!

For further clarity this clinic is geared for:

- adults (no high school students please)

- those that are asymptomatic

- those that haven’t already been directed by public health to get a standard test

Join a Physically Distanced Candelit Historic Walking Tour Fri/Sat evenings in December!

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COVID rapid test pop up clinic - Lions Club - today, Dec 2 - 1.30 - 8 pm

We are pleased that the COVID-19 rapid test pop up clinic will continue in Wolfville today, December 2nd, from 1:30-8:00 pm at the

Wolfville Lions Club (36 Elm Avenue).

For further clarity this clinic is geared for:

- adults (no high school students please)

- those that are asymptomatic

- those that haven’t already been directed by public health to get a standard test

Link to latest Town's In-Focus e-Newsletter

Click below to view the latest In-Focus e-newsletter shared today.

If you would like to subscribe to this bi-monthly newsletter please visit wolfville.ca and click on the Subscribe button.  

 

Newsletter:    https://mailchi.mp/3fb13bc2acf4/in-focus-community-e-newsletter-7042778

 

 

Nov 30 - Central Avenue closed this afternoon

Please be advised: Central Ave will be closed this afternoon in order to protect the safety of those waiting in line at the rapid COVID-19 asymptomatic testing site at 117 Front Street.

We apologize to businesses and customers that this may affect. Thank you for the great community support.

TODAY NOV 30 - Rapid testing Pop Up Location - Wolfville

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Rapid Testing Pop Up Clinic - Nov 30th -1.30 - 8 pm

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November 30th - Town Hall closed to the Public - Update

Please be advised that effective Monday November 30th both the Town Hall and Public Works/Community Development Building will be closed to the public for the time being.

If you need assistance or to speak with a staff member, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, please telephone or email them direct (contact numbers are on our website https://www.wolfville.ca/contact-us.html) or call 902-542-5767, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your question.

Staff will be available on the telephone and virtually wherever possible.

The Town’s Public Works and Parks crews will continue their work as normal. Thank you to our crews!

After-school programs will continue, however no new Recreation Centre bookings will be made for the time being. Special cleaning protocols are already in place for the After-school programs.

The Town’s senior staff are closely monitoring the situation and changes will be made as required/needed.

Remember to tune in via Facebook Live to Council meetings, and follow our website notices and Facebook page for information updates.

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate these challenging times as safely as possible.


*** P.S. Don't miss the Virtual Tree Lighting at 6 pm this evening Sat Nov 28th on Facebook live!!***

A Message from Mayor Wendy Donovan


Wolfville and Covid-19 – Together We Can Get Through This Safely

This is certainly an unsettling time. After a stressful and challenging spring, we did quite well through the summer and early fall. Now, as Nova Scotia enters the second wave of COVID-19 we know our residents are growing increasingly concerned. There is so much about this situation that seems out of our control. We share your concerns and are taking steps to help keep us safe. While these steps will undoubtedly help, the biggest and most important things for us to do are the things we have been doing for the past eight months:


a) Wear a really good mask, three layers if you can, in all public places;
b) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity where germs are possible, use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving public spaces;
c) Pick a small bubble of people with whom to socialize;
d) Remember to keep at least 6 feet away from people who are not in your family or immediate bubble;
e) Stay at your home if you feel at all unwell and take care to keep your family members safe if you are feeling unwell;
f) If you think you have some of the telltale signs of COVID take the self-assessment on the Nova Scotia Covid-19 website, or call 811 for a guided assessment. Depending on your results you will be directed to testing options.

Since early spring our CAO has met twice each week with representatives of the Acadia Student Union, Acadia’s Safety and Security, the RCMP and members of the local community to discuss the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents. In response to the current rise in cases in our Province a number of new initiatives are underway in Wolfville.

1. Rapid Testing Location in Wolfville:
We support the Province’s decision to proactively host a local Rapid testing location for asymptomatic residents in Wolfville. We encourage all asymptomatic residents over 16 years of age who would like to be tested to do so. Details on this will be available shortly and the Town will share them once confirmed.

2. Wastewater Information:
Wolfville has leveraged resources through our partnership with Acadia to conduct weekly testing of our wastewater at several locations. This research is still in its early stages and it is difficult to quantify what positive tests results mean. We are grateful that despite the research being in the early stages of testing and development, we, along with our partners at Public Health and Acadia are able to share these results with our community as a reminder that it is important to not become complacent and to follow all public health guidelines.

3. Excessive Gatherings:
The Town supports the Province’s decision to increase the fine severity for all individuals that attend gatherings outside of the limits set by Public Health. Since Tuesday’s announcement Wolfville’s RCMP proactively visited residences previously been involved with COVID or Nuisance Bylaw infractions to provide a warning about the elevated risks associated with larger gatherings and the enforcement approach that will follow any infractions.

Jeremy Oakes has joined the Town staff as our new Community Liaison and Compliance Officer. Jeremy will work closely with the Wolfville RCMP to monitor excessive gatherings in contravention of the Provincial Health Protection Act and Nuisance Party Bylaw. To report any Provincial Health Protection Act violations and Nuisance Party Bylaw infractions, please continue to contact the RCMP directly as they have been charged with this enforcement. For all other Town Bylaw infractions please contact Jeremy at 902.599.2866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Acadia has, and will continue, to follow up on any COVID or Nuisance Party infractions involving students to ensure that those not complying with Acadia’s COVID-19 Pledge and Student Code of Conduct are appropriately addressed. Further information on Acadia’s COVID response can be found at https://www2.acadiau.ca/covid-19.html .


4. Wolfville’s Retail, Food and Beverage Services:
The Town works closely with our local businesses to put into practice the recent public health directions on non-essential travel to and from HRM. This year our local businesses need the support of our wonderful Wolfville community more than ever. While our Wolfville Glows celebrations may look a little different this year, our businesses are ready to welcome customers both in store, and through curbside services, in a safe manner. We encourage all residents to shop local this holiday season and to wrap our support around our amazing local business community.


In closing we understand and share your fears and concerns. Please always feel that you can call either the Mayor or any of your Councillors if you feel something has been missed. We are here for you. If we have our mutual health, safety and wellbeing in mind, we will get through this and be even better for the experience we have gone through together.

Mayor Wendy Donovan.

News Release - Wolfville - Wastewater - Nov 27th

WOLFVILLE -- To keep the province’s communities safe from COVID-19 we need to follow the public health measures and be vigilant for the signs of the virus.

Acadia University, Dalhousie University and LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. have teamed up to determine the best way to test the wastewater coming from homes and businesses for traces of COVID-19. Wolfville’s municipal wastewater system is part of that research.

The researchers have detected COVID-19 in the town’s wastewater. This research is still experimental so can’t be considered definitive. But it could be a signal that COVID-19 is present in our community.

The Town of Wolfville has spoken with public health officials. In an abundance of caution, we ask all residents of Wolfville to closely monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
-- sore throat
-- runny nose/ nasal congestion
-- headache
-- shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

 

For Additional Information Contact:

Wendy Donovan, Mayor, Town of Wolfville 
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902-698-6342 

Sherri Turner, Acadia University
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902-698-2977

For public health questions

Department of Health and Wellness - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.