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Federal Budget 2019 Supported by NSFM

Halifax, March 20, 2019 – The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) applauds the Government of Canada for continuing to build federal-municipal partnerships in the 2019 Budget. This budget will deliver major benefits that will impact the daily lives of Canadians by getting more funds directly to their local governments.  

NSFM logoNSFM Vice President, Pam Mood, said, “Budget 2019 has a number of positives for Nova Scotia municipalities.  Growth in the Gas Tax Fund will help communities deliver even more infrastructure projects like better roads, bridges and transit. The national broadband strategy will help deliver reliable, province-wide internet. Access to the internet is essential to Nova Scotia communities when it comes to attracting businesses and residents”. 

Province-wide, high speed internet has been a priority of NSFM and it is expected the federal announcement will support and enhance the $193 million internet funding trust being administered by Develop Nova Scotia.

The budget also works to provide continued funding for housing initiatives and builds on success of past federal-municipal partnerships between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Green Municipal Fund. “Support for FCM is good news for NSFM,” says Mood.  “Our organizations work closely together to build better lives for Canadians by delivering results at the local level”.

NSFM continues to advocate on behalf of our members for our five annual resolutions: reform of the CAP, Extended Producer Responsibility for consumer packaging, new sources for municipal funding, modernization of municipal governance, and a new funding model for roads.

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About NSFM: The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) has been the collective voice for municipal governments across the province since 1906. With 379 members comprising Mayors, Wardens and councillors, NSFM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within provincial jurisdiction. Members include all 50 of Nova Scotia's municipalities.

Town of Yarmouth Sets Date for By-Election

Saturday, May 18th will be the date of a By-Election for the purpose of filling vacant Council seats

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. – A Municipal by-election will be held in the Town of Yarmouth on Saturday, May 18th for the purpose of filling a vacant seat that came about due to the passing of Councillor Sandy Dennis. Council unanimously agreed to the date during Thursday evening’s Council meeting.

A motion was also passed to nominate David Sollows to serve as Electoral Officer. As per the last two elections, electronic voting will be used. More details will soon be made available.

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Spare Transit Drivers

The Town of Yarmouth is accepting applications for Spare Transit Drivers. 

In this role you will be responsible for the safe and effective operation of transit vehicles (16 passenger bus).  You will be required to ensure the bus is in good operating condition at all times.  You will communicate with passengers and members of the public in a courteous and respectful manner while maintaining order and security on the bus and obeying all laws, regulations and rules.

As the ideal candidate, you possess:

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • A valid Nova Scotia Class 4 license or higher;
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Check;
  • Completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check;
  • Completion of a Drivers Abstract;
  • First-Aid/CPR (employer provided if required);
  • Three (3) years of experience working directly with customers;
  • Three (3) years recent driving experience;

Hours of work are flexible and will depend on operational needs.  This may include days, evenings, weekends and holidays.  Compensation - $19.31/hour. 

If you are interested in this opportunity please forward your resume along with copies of the documents outlined above to:

Town of Yarmouth
Human Resources
400 Main St.
Yarmouth, NS  B5A 1G2

or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Firefighter Position

 As a firefighter with the Town of Yarmouth, you will be required to perform a wide range of important tasks including: rescue of victims, administer first aid, firefighting activities, station and apparatus inspection and maintenance, apparatus and equipment operation, training sessions, and continuing education. 

As the successful candidate, you will have completed Level 1 firefighter certification (Example – NFPA 1001).  You also must possess an air brake endorsement and hold a valid Class 3 drivers license (or obtain a Class 3 within the 12 month probationary period).  The role of firefighter requires you to be medically and physically fit, with the ability to climb and descend ladders under adverse conditions, carrying rescued persons if necessary.  You must be able to drive and operate highly specialized vehicles under emergency conditions and be capable of working in extremes of heat and cold.  Completion of a pump operator course is required and previous firefighting experience will be considered an asset. 

A grade 12 completion or equivalent (GED) is required and you should include a copy of this certificate when applying.  As a condition of employment, you must complete a satisfactory medical examination prior to commencing in the position.  Salary and benefits will be in accordance with the current agreement between the Town of Yarmouth and Local 2094 of the Yarmouth Firefighters Association. 

If chosen for the position, you must be bondable and will be required to undergo a criminal records check as well as provide a vulnerable sector check. 

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please forward your resume to: 

Town of Yarmouth 
Human Resources
400 Main St.
Yarmouth NS  B5A 1G2

or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application review will begin April 3rd, 2019.  We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Return on Investment: Businesses and Town of Yarmouth See Mutual Benefits in Façade, Rebate Programs

Business development programs allow entrepreneurs to receive grant money and tax rebates while the Town benefits from first-class downtown businesses

Monday, March 11, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. - The Old World Bakery & Deli, one of Yarmouth’s established eateries, recently received its first property tax rebate cheque as part of the Phased-In Assessment Program designed to stimulate building construction and expand the Town’s economy. Having already received a $5000 grant as part of the Downtown Facade Improvement Program, the bakery is now realizing solid return on investment through these Town initiatives designed to nurture business growth and beautify Yarmouth’s Central Business District.

In 2017, Old World owner Nathan Bain purchased the former law office building at 381 Main Street. Although a solid structure, the property required considerable interior work to make for a welcoming and uniquely ‘old world’ atmosphere. The exterior also needed some attention, while respecting the architecture and provenance of the building’s past. Bain became aware of the Town’s downtown economic improvement programs and the timing was ideal for him to take advantage of both the Façade Incentive and the Development Rebate.

After a period of extensive renovations, Bain reopened the Old World Bakery & Deli in 2018 at its new location. The results were impressive and his passion and vision for his business were clearly reflected in the finished product. Already spoiled by a wide selection of healthy, made-from-scratch food choices, patrons were now welcomed to enjoy dining in a cozy and creatively designed space. Bain’s work and dedication paid off as the renovations resulted in his property value appreciating by 100%. The Old World has also enjoyed an increase in traffic, all due to Bain's investment and his dedication to delivering quality food in a truly inviting space in Yarmouth’s downtown.

The creation of these business development programs have helped in revitalizing the downtown, and according to Mayor Pam Mood, it takes business owners like Nathan Bain to take the leap and create unique experiences that draw people to the downtown core.

"We are so fortunate to have entrepreneurs like Nathan who blend equal parts courage and creativity to give us all these wonderful new businesses," said Mayor Pam Mood. "Since these incentives were introduced, and paired with the return of ferry service, we’ve quickly realized a transformation of the downtown. We now have great places to eat, shop, and simply get together. We’re realizing a change in how people use the downtown, and we have more development and investment happening each year. It’s a very exciting time in Yarmouth."

 Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill, who was integral in getting the legislation passed to make the Phased-in Assessment program a reality, mirrors Mood’s thoughts on how these types of incentives will help Yarmouth grow.

"It is very satisfying to see the real outcome of the legislative changes I brought in during my time as Minister of Municipal Affairs,” said Churchill. “I'm so happy to see municipalities use these new tax tools to encourage development and growth in our communities, and to see the real financial benefit to business owners. It’s great to see Yarmouth leading the way."

For Bain, the façade and rebate programs played an important part in helping him make the decision to invest in his business. He also believes the programs play a role in encouraging business owners and developers to take the extra step and create something of a higher quality.

“Both the rebate and facade programs are ideal for new, renovating, or relocating businesses, the latter two being the case for us at the Old World,” said Bain. “Any return or rebate available on a project of that scale is obviously ideal, not only by putting funds back into the business after the fact, but when looking ahead at future projects. One may be more inclined to invest in a higher caliber of work, knowing that a percentage of the costs can be returned at a later date.”

Bain also adds that working with the Town through these programs was a positive experience.

“Working with town employees on these programs was trouble-free, and I feel, helped build a better working relationship. It allowed for a broader knowledge of business in the town, even extending beyond the programs themselves."

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To find out more about the Façade Incentive Program and the Phased-In Assessment Program please visit:  

Phased-In Assessment Program -  https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/development-rebate-program.html
   
Downtown Facade Improvement Program - https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/downtown-facade-improvement-program-1.html 

PHOTO: left to right: MLA Zach Churchill, Mayor Pam Mood, Old World Owner Nathan Bain and his son Max 

Town of Yarmouth Urges Public to Report Potholes, Drive with Care During Frequent Winter Freeze/Thaw Cycles

Quick and accurate reporting of potholes and other issues will greatly assist crews in finding and fixing problems as they develop

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. -  During this time of frequent freeze/thaw cycles, the Town of Yarmouth is urging citizens to report potholes and other road hazards they encounter as quickly, and accurately, as possible. Residents can call in to report a pothole, or use "SeeClickFix", the Town's easy-to-use web tool which allows people to report non-emergency issues. Using the Town’s website or a smartphone, residents can access this tool to report a pothole directly to work crews who can then investigate and repair as needed.

As any seasoned Yarmouthian knows, our climate is quite volatile during the winter months, alternating quickly between mild and cold weather. These conditions result in the rapid formation of potholes. In some cases, a pothole can worsen in just a few hours. Although Public Works crews continually monitor more than 80 km of streets for these potholes and other issues, recent weather patterns have made the task more challenging, and help is needed from the public to find and fix issues.

"It's important that potholes and any unsafe conditions encountered on our streets are reported," says Mayor Pam Mood. "Our guys work continually to find and fix problems as they come up, but the process is faster when the public calls or uses our online reporting tool to let us know about an issue. As Facebook comments are not monitored on a regular basis, posting there is not the avenue to getting a pothole taken care of. Accurate locations and details will get the crews to the right place with the right material."

Most potholes result when the top layer of asphalt detaches from the underlying layer, and are typically only 1.5 to 2 inches deep and don't pose a hazard. Pothole repairs are prioritized based on the location and size. If potholes are deep or located in the wheel lane or near a painted crosswalk, they are immediately filled with cold mix asphalt. Smaller potholes are repaired with hot mix asphalt using the Town’s asphalt recycler during more favourable weather conditions. In both cases, dry weather conditions are necessary and some potholes cannot be addressed until warmer weather arrives in the spring.  

In addition to reporting potholes either by phone or online, the Town also wishes to stress that drivers need to take extra caution during the winter and spring months, especially when passing over puddles or areas of standing water along the streets. Spots in the road that hold water often have a pothole hiding beneath it.

How to Report a Pothole  

Report it Online with "SeeClickFix"

Using the Town's website, navigate to the Report a Problem page. You can also access this page by clicking on the "Report a Problem" icon on the home page. You can also download the See Click Fix app to your phone at the App Store and Google Play. The app lets you easily snap a picture, add the location using address or GPS, and send it for attention. If possible, please send a photo and description (location and size) of the pothole. The more details, the better.

Report it by Phone

You can also report by phone at 902-742-9423. Office hours are 8:30-4:30 (leave a message after hours).

About the Formation of Potholes

Water seeps into cracks in the pavement. The water builds up and softens the ground under the road. The water freezes and expands, which pushes the pavement up. When the water under the pavement dries, a hole is left beneath the road. The pavement is now weakened. As soon as a car drives over this area, the pavement collapses, leaving behind a pothole.

The Town of Yarmouth recognizes our employees as our greatest resource in our organization.  We are committed to the investment in our people.  We seek candidates with knowledge and expertise in their field as well as individuals with a collaborative approach to working with others.  We offer diverse career opportunities with competitive salary and benefits packages. 

All employment opportunities within the Town of Yarmouth will be posted here as they become available.    

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood

Contacts

Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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