RFP PW # PW16-51 Provision of Services for Collection and Transportation of Waste
The Municipality of the District of West Hants is seeking proposals from qualified proponent(s) for the Provision of Services for Collection and Transportation of waste, recyclables and organics.
Submissions will be accepted at the Municipal Office, at 76 Morison Drive, Windsor until a closing time of 2:00 pm. Thursday, January 12,2017. Responses can be hand delivered or mailed to Brad Carrigan, Director of Public Works at the address below.
NOTE: This is a two part submission process. Each part must be in a separate sealed envelope and marked clearly as either Selection or Price. Please read the downloadable document carefully.
Download RFP Document: 2016 Waste Collection Services - RFP (11.69 MB)
Brad Carrigan, P.Eng.
Director of Public Works
Municipality of the District of West Hants
PO Box 3000, 76 Morison Drive
Windsor West Hants Ind. Park
Windsor, Nova Scotia, B0N 2T0
Application for Facility Use
11-24-2016 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, November 24 2016 (Windsor, N.S.) – At a Special meeting of Council on November 22nd, 2016 Council passed a motion which could potentially see the Windsor Fire Department again becoming a registered fire service provider to the Municipality.
Council and the Windsor Fire Department agreed that the dispute resulting in the arbitration should not preclude future fire services being provided by the Department.
The CAO will be exploring the willingness of the Windsor Fire Department and the Town of Windsor to implement several principles including several that have been agreed upon by the Municipality’s other fire service providers.
CAO Osborne will be discussing with the Windsor Fire Department, current fire service providers, and the Town of Windsor an arrangement whereby Windsor Fire Department would provide services within designated portions of the Municipality through an inter-municipal agreement between the Town of Windsor and the Municipality.
Warden Abe Zebian
11-24-16 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Windsor, N.S.) – In a Special Meeting of Council held on November 22nd, 2016, Council passed a motion to initiate discussions with Town of Windsor and the Avon Region Citizens Coalition representatives about the possibility of a consensual withdrawal of the UARB amalgamation application.
The motion continues, expressing the Municipality’s willingness to immediately begin working towards enhanced regional cooperation between the Town and the Municipality including the possibility of a joint study regarding alternative municipal reorganization options.
It is the hope of West Hants Council that the two municipal units can realize results in regionalism that would ensure the needs unique to both municipalities are met.
Warden Abraham Zebian
Notice of Environmental Assessment - Ellershouse Wind Farm Expansion
This is to advise that on November 17, 2016 the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (A.R.E.A.) registered the proposed Ellershouse Wind Farm Expansion for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Nova Scotia Environment Act. Environmental Assessment Notice
When the provincial assessment is complete, an application will be made to the Municipality of West Hants for a Development Agreement, and the municipal public consultation will be carried out at that time.
Director of Planning and Development Job Opportunity
The Municipality of West Hants, is a growing and vibrant community located just 35 minutes from the provincial capital and at the apex of the Annapolis Valley which is known for its beautiful scenery, sunny weather and active lifestyle. The Municipality is a mix of rural and urban/suburban communities with a population of 17,000; predominately located in three identified growth centres.
The Municipality is seeking an experienced professional for the position of Director of Planning and Development. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Planning and Development has overall leadership to all functions of the Department including land use planning and zoning, development applications, civic addressing, GIS, building approvals along with building and fire inspection.
The Director of Planning provides strategic advice to the CAO and Council on matters of land use, land use planning & economic development and is responsible for developing and executing annual budget and work plans, planning coordination and supervision of departmental activities. The successful candidate will work closely with planning staff and developers, council and government officials, contractors, consultants and the public; appear before Council on a regular basis and provide guidance to various planning committees of Council.
As the successful candidate, you will be a visionary community development leader with demonstrated strengths in strategic thinking and communications including articulating a clear vision on the current and future direction of rural and urban growth and development within the Municipality through strong communication and report writing skills. You will possess an open team-oriented leadership style and welcome the challenge of seeking continuous improvements in organizational efficiency. Key attributes in this role include proven experience in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external clients, partners and members of the public. You are respected for your ability to balance the rigorous demands of regulation with opportunities to find appropriate solutions which benefit the whole community in both the short and long term.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a post graduate degree in planning, supplemented with a minimum of seven years progressively responsible management experience, including experience in a senior management role. Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is required. A professional planner’s license would be preferred.
In return for your valued contributions, you can expect a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to work with an outstanding team. If your experience and education have prepared you for success in this position and you are committed to working in a manner that supports a respectful, healthy and safe environment, I invite you to apply. A complete copy of the job description can be obtained through this link Director of Planning Job Description
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment and handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Nova Scotia.
Qualified applicants are invited to summit their CV or resume with cover letter, to the attention of the undersigned by the application deadline for consideration.
Application Deadline: 4:30pm. Thursday, December 16, 2016
Cathie Osborne, CPA, CGA
Municipality of West Hants
PO Box 3000, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
Fax 798 8553
Thank you for your interest. Only selected applicants will be contacted.
Special Council (In-camera) Meeting
Please be advised that there will be a Special Council meeting taking place on November 22nd at 3:00p.m. in the Sanford Council Chambers.
For Immediate Release:
Monday, November 14, 2016 (Windsor, N.S.) – Message from Warden Zebian
Your newly elected Council has been working closely with staff to gain a better understanding of the issues facing the Municipality. Diligence and fact finding are important to ensure decisions made by West Hants Council are well informed and in the interests of all residents as we move forward.
Council is dedicated to open communication and to our oath of office to execute the duties to which we have been elected impartially and to the best of our ability. We look forward to working with the residents of West Hants in the promotion and protection of this beautiful area.
Warden, Municipality of the District of West Hants
West Hants Needs You!!!
The Municipality of the District of West Hants needs your input and feedback on important intiatives. Your opinion counts.
West Hants Councillors Elect New Warden Deputy Warden
Congratulations to newly elected Warden, Abraham Zebian and Deputy Warden, Paul Morton. Both Councillors were elected by their fellow Councillors to represent West Hants for the upcoming term.
Municipality of West Hants Invites You to Serve
Do you like to be engaged in your community? Would you like to have input in your municipal government? The Municipality of the District of West Hants has openings for citizen members on the following Committees of Council:
Planning Advisory Committee
1 Member 2-year term
Landfill Liaison Committee
1 Member No term limit
1 Alternate Member No term limit
These members may be any citizen of West Hants.
Falmouth Watershed Committee
3 Members 1-year term
Davidson Lake Watershed
1 Member 1-year term
These members must own land in the respective watershed.
Water Main Flushing: Falmouth Water Utility
Attention Falmouth Water Utility users, the Public Works Departments advises residents that we will be flushing water mains on Wednesday November 9th . Regular annual flushing is an important preventative maintenance program to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes and helps maintain water quality in our system.
Flushing will take place between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. As we flush your area, you may experience a temporary reduction in water pressure and/or discoloration of the water. These conditions are normal during flushing activities and are only temporary. Please check your drinking, cooking, and laundry water before using. To clear your water lines, simply turn on your cold water tap or outside hose bib and let it run until the water is clear.
The October 25, 2016 Committee of the Whole Meeting has been cancelled.
Please be advised that the regular Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for October 25, 2016 has been cancelled.
September 29, 2016 - Press Release - UARB Decision
Thursday, September 29, 2016 (Windsor, NS) – The Municipality of the District of West Hants is disappointed with the Utility and Review Board’s (UARB) decision today to proceed with the application to amalgamate Windsor and West Hants, and require the Municipality split the cost of the studies involved.
“We continue to believe that this is not the right time to jump into amalgamation for West Hants, “says Richard Dauphinee, Warden of the Municipality of the District of West Hants.”
The studies and oversight for the Hantsport dissolution process cost a total of $559,380.15. Those costs were paid for by the Province of Nova Scotia.
With UARB’s decision today the residents of West Hants will be directed to pay, at a minimum, $250,000 to cover the cost of the studies involved with amalgamation. “Those funds have not been budgeted for,” says Dauphinee. “We do not feel it is prudent for us to ask taxpayers to pay for these studies at this time.”
The idea of joining Windsor with West Hants has been discussed before. The Municipality would prefer to discuss all available options for combining the communities, including dissolution.
Today’s decision comes two weeks before a municipal election in which amalgamation is a central issue. “With the upcoming election West Hants residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on amalgamation,” says Dauphinee. “Considering their electorate’s opinion on the subject after the election Municipal Council will consider the options available to the Municipality as a result of today’s decision. We can assure residents that their wishes will be properly considered in decisions made on this issue. “
Warden, Municipality of the District of West Hants
Water Issues FAQs
We do sympathize with the residents over the continued water issues. With the current drought that we are experiencing the entire province is short on water and public works departments everywhere are all taking preventative steps until watershed levels recover. This is no different than what they are experiencing in the eastern HRM region. The fact is there has been a mandatory water reduction ban implemented by the Town of Windsor, who have requested that the water fill station on Morison be temporarily shut down until their source levels recover. Our primary concern is that our TMP and Wentworth users which share this same water source may completely run to critical levels, as our water fill station has been the single largest consumer on the system (over double the consumption this year as last year for the same time period).
To make water available for our rural customers, the public works crew has worked diligently to find a secondary water source with the infrastructure required to accommodate a fill station as central as possible for our West Hants residents. This has had many challenges, including a major water line break adjacent to the new Hantsport fill station, due to the additional demand that was put on the system when they were flushing the line for testing. These are some of the recent questions we have received with our responses.
Q: Why is it that the water is restricted in Falmouth?
A: We evaluated possible fill locations in Falmouth, however it was determined that the Hantsport system was best suited to handle the additional demand of the water haulers, who have now doubled their consumption over the past two months since the first water advisory was released by the Town of Windsor. The Falmouth watershed is maintaining an adequate supply, but we feel that the extra demand from the haulers may also put this system at risk, and all of our Falmouth residents would be faced with the same issues as the TMP/Wentworth/Windsor now are facing.
Q: I hear that the water is there, but being saved in case Windsor needs it?
A: As a final resort, West Hants could look to supplement the TMP/Wentworth/Windsor supply through a connection from Falmouth across the Lake Pisiquid bridge. This would also result in significant challenges, including acquiring regulatory approvals to do so, possibly putting both TMP/Wentworth/Windsor and Falmouth system residents on a water boil order, and risk putting the French Mill Brook watershed at risk with the additional consumption. It is not something that we want to do, but realistically may need to consider for our TMP/Wentworth customers, and only if the Windsor system should reach a critical level.
Q: Why are the hauler hours reduced from 24/7 to Mon to Fri 8:30 to 4pm?
A: We need to control and monitor the Hantsport system to ensure the additional demand from the water haulers does not put that system at risk. As mentioned the current drought has negatively affected all watersheds throughout the province. It was decided the best way for us to control the additional demand was to have the station opened during regular business hours, and to shut it down at the end of the day by our PW crew. This has allowed our rural West Hants residents to maintain a source of water, but limits the potential impact on our Davison Lakes watershed. Due to the location of the fill station in Hants Border on a rural road, there is an additional safety risk for motorists and pedestrians. We have cleared many of the trees to improve the sight lines and installed temporary signage to try and slow down traffic in the area. By limiting the operation of the fill station to regular business hours, it will ensure that water trucks are not stopping, turning or parking on this rural road at night creating an additional safety concern.
Q: Why has the cost of purchasing water gone up?
A: We are currently compiling all of the additional costs with the relocation of the water fill station. The previous token cost was $7.50 for 600 gallons, and the equipment has now been reprogrammed to disperse 300 gallons. Water withdrawn from the Hantsport system must be paid back to the Hantsport system and is based on the cost of producing potable water at the Hantsport plant. The cost is higher than from the Windsor system. Reduction in the amount of water a hauler can draw under one token is directly due to water consumption restrictions required due to the drought, with extra revenue generated to offset the additional labour, equipment and materials costs to relocate the fill station to Hantsport.
Q: When will the old Hauler system be put back into service?
A: That will depend on two things. The first requirement is that the Windsor system is back into full service. In short we need rain, and lots of it… probably at least 4-5 days of steady rain to bring the Windsor system back to a healthy level.
The second requirement will be to complete repairs or replacement of the hauler building at 76 Morison. The building is in such disrepair and condition that it cannot be safely used. Staff is considering both short and long term options to return service to its former location. A report will be presented to Council as soon as possible.