Please note - due to the Province remaining in Phase 4, this meeting is not open to in-person attendees. Please watch the meeting through Facebook LIVE.
With the announcements today confirming that we are in a fourth wave and that we will not be moving to Phase 5, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Cittaslow event that was planned to welcome students on Sunday September 19th at Robie Tufts Park.
The Town hopes to re-schedule at a future date when it will be less risky to gather so that we can celebrate, once again, as a connected community.
To prepare for Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, the Council for the Town of Wolfville has passed COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy 130-028. This policy was developed to protect workers, Municipal volunteers, and the community from the threat of COVID-19, mandating twice weekly rapid testing in the workplace and adding the continued requirement of masking at any time social distancing can not be achieved.
The new policy covers Town staff, volunteers, committee members and members of Council. Exemption from the Policy is permitted with proof of full vaccination (have both injections of one of the recognized vaccines and be 14 days past the second dose) but the Town will still encourage all staff, volunteers, committee members and members of Council, regardless of vaccination status, to remain masked and participate in COVID-19 rapid testing as offered in the workplace.
“The Town of Wolfville is committed to providing a work environment that keeps our employees and the community safe,” said Mayor Wendy Donovan. “That commitment means that we must maintain a workplace free of hazards to health such as COVID-19. It is critical that, as an organization, we take reasonable precautions to protect against exposure to COVID-19.”
The Town’s requirements are separate and in addition to any requirements that the Province of Nova Scotia might impose. Workplace screening launches later this week.
This policy does not apply to members of the public.
The Wolfville Summer Concert Series has been extended!
2 more great acts have been added:
Daniel McFadyen on Sept.12th, and
The Hupman Brothers on Sept.19th.
With the Wolfville Memorial Library operating from a former train station, the idea of building on the locomotive theme made perfect sense when a retired boxcar was offered as a gift to the Town of Wolfville.
Months after the offer was made, a curious crowd gathered as the hefty boxcar was gently lowered by crane onto the orphaned tracks behind the Library on August 25.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Kelton Thomason, worked with multiple partners to coordinate the special delivery that saw a train return to the small stretch of tracks for the first time since the 1990s.
“Everything went smoothly today and now Wolfville has a great new space to inspire creativity,” Thomason said. “It’s a pleasure to share this space with the library.”
Over the months ahead, a performance stage will be built on the boxcar, and the interior will be refreshed. Plans for the exterior panels will be determined by the Wolfville Art in Public Spaces Committee. Short term plans for the newly installed piece of railroad history include storage for the library’s e-bike fleet.
The neighbourhood bordered by Prospect, Highland, Hillside, and Fairfield Avenue is about to become a testing ground for a new pilot project using a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design approach. The pilot responds to increasing complaints of loud parties, garbage, broken bottles, loud mufflers, burn-outs, street fights and public urination.
The purpose of this crime prevention approach is to use built structures and adaptations in the natural environments to deter decisions that precede nuisance or criminal acts. It can also build a sense of community among residents so they can play a part in reducing crime and minimize fear of crime.
The pilot project includes signage and waste stations, with a goal to increase livability for all community members, and reduce RCMP and compliance officer enforcement, in the diversely populated neighbourhood that is home to long-time residents, young families and students.
In conjunction with outreach being done through a Good Neighbours Group, the pilot is designed to nudge behaviour in a positive direction by connecting actions to potential consequences, especially when community members are on the streets.The pilot project’s messaging will normalize community togetherness while also drawing attention to the potential consequences of unwelcome actions.
While this is a preventative campaign, enforcement of Wolfville’s nuisance party by-law will continue when complaints are reported to the RCMP. In the case of the Nuisance Party By-Law, warnings or fines can be issued to occupants, property owners and landlords.
Thursday, September 19th, 2021 from 6 - 8pm at Willow Park.
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/3unS6i3AT
Across Canada, inefficient residential homes are a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In Wolfville, homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint can now leverage zero per cent financing through a new property assessed clean energy (PACE) program called Switch Wolfville.
The program, complete with concierge-inspired energy coaches, will support homeowners with energy assessments, and project planning to help reduce residential greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy-efficient improvements covered by the Switch program include custom solutions like solar panels, heat pumps, insulation, or new windows and doors.
“Wolfville homeowners want to respond to our climate emergency,” Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan explained. “The Switch program is an opportunity to create a sustainable future for everyone.”
Homeowners enrolled in Switch Wolfville have 15 years to re-pay their loans, at zero per cent interest, with no penalties for early re-payment. Plus, all the upgrades covered by the Switch program are expected to generate energy savings greater than the monthly payments.
Switch Wolfville operates in partnership with PACE Atlantic CIC, with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, an endowment created by the Government of Canada.Switch Wolfville, through PACE Atlantic CIC, provides an easy, customer-friendly approach to energy efficiency upgrades, solar panel installation and beneficial electrification making it easier for homeowners to make important upgrades that will move Wolfville towards becoming a low carbon community.
Switch Wolfville is one part of the Town’s response to the climate emergency. Homeowners are asked to visit https://pace-atlantic.org/switch-wolfville/ for additional details on our climate planning process and to connect with a Switch Wolfville program coordinator.
The Switch Wolfville program offers residents a simple path to energy efficiency and renewable projects, such as heat pumps, solar systems, insulation and more. The Switch Wolfville program features an in-house energy concierge who will guide homeowners through the entire upgrade process including home energy assessment, project selection, contractor identification, and loan repayment.
The Switch program will make complicated upgrades simple. Switch participants are offered zero percent financing with no upfront costs. Homeowners can access repayment terms of up to 15 years resulting in household energy savings designed to exceed monthly loan repayments.
With Switch’s flexible financing options, Wolfville residents can accelerate payments or repay their loan in full without penalty. Long term financing to match long term energy savings. Wolfville homeowners may finance projects valued up to $40,000 or 15 per cent of the assessed value of their home. Project loans are secured against property values, not personal credit.
Approval to participate is subject to a review of homeowner property taxes and Municipal utility accounts.
The Switch Wolfville program supports participants in accessing generous rebates and incentives available through Provincial and Federal programs. Homeowners who finance projects through Switch are not excluded from any rebate programs due to Municipal financing.
Switch Wolfville is a part of a collective of maritime municipalities launching residential energy efficiency and renewables programs that includes Charlottetown and Stratford, PEI. Switch Wolfville is carried out with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, an endowment created by the Government of Canada.