Flags at half mast in memory of Bob Arsenault

It is with regret that we recognize the passing of former employee, Bob Arsenault.

Bob worked for the former Town of Springhill for 23 years and retired in 2012. According to those that worked with him, Bob liked being around people, enjoyed working for the Town, and was a real asset to work with. Bob was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his quick thinking and timely response in evacuating close to 150 people when the roof of the old Springhill arena collapsed on February 1, 2001. 

Flags at our Service Centres will be lowered out of respect for Bob and his family. Council and Staff express their sympathy to Bob’s family during this difficult time. 

$499,907 approved in grants to community organizations

At the June 17th Council Meeting of the Municipality of Cumberland, $499,907 was approved in grants.

“It is incredibly important for council to continue to support our community organizations,” said Warden Al Gillis. “The fact that these organizations have been able to pivot their operations during a pandemic is a testament to the quality of the benefit they provide.

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Transfer stations set to re-open to the public

Staff are preparing to reopen three municipally-run waste transfer stations this month. The transfer stations were previously closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Staff and resident safety has always been our first priority, and now that our economy is safely starting to open we can start to open some of our services as well,” stated Warden Al Gillis.

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Property tax help for those impacted by COVID-19

The Municipality of Cumberland now offers a one-time property tax installment payment program for residential and commercial properties negatively affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We are in an unprecedented pandemic and we needed to be compassionate to the situation,” said Warden Al Gillis. “When you have your financial situation drastically changed due to global forces you cannot control or even imagine, you need your government to help you.”

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Mechanic Street Park construction to begin

Construction of the Mechanic Street Park in Springhill will begin this month and is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

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Committee of the Whole Public Meeting Monday, June 8th

There will be a Committee of the Whole Public Meeting Monday, June 8th at 6 p.m. for reviewing grants. This will be streamed on our Facebook page.

Council approves balanced budget without tax increase

Municipal Council voted in favour of a $29.8 million operating budget for 2020/2021 at the May 20, 2020 Public Council Meeting. Council had met for two committee of the whole meetings prior to approving the budget to ensure no increase to either the residential or commercial tax rate, while ensuring essential municipal programs and services are maintained.

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Hydrant Flow Testing - Springhill

Public Works staff will be conducting a hydrant flow test in the area surrounding the old Springhill town hall building the afternoon of Tuesday May 19, 2020.  

Residents may experience low water pressure and discoloration for a short period of time. If this occurs, please run your cold water for a few minutes until the water clears.  

Thank you for your understanding.