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Consultant Firm Hired for Ferry Terminal Redevelopment

CBCL Limited of Halifax has been awarded the contract to provide engineering services for Phase 1 redevelopment of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. –  With work set to begin next month, the Town of Yarmouth has awarded the contract for the Prime Consultant for Phase 1 of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Redevelopment. Following a recommendation at a recent council meeting, a motion was passed to hire CBCL Limited, an Engineering and Environmental, Design and Consulting firm based in Halifax.

After issuing a request for proposals (RFP) last month, the Town of Yarmouth Engineering Department received several submissions from interested firms. Engineering staff and members of the Ferry Terminal Project Steering Committee undertook an exhaustive evaluation process.  The committee established a team to assist with evaluation questions, point scoring, and recommendations.  Submissions were tested based on a pre-defined point scoring system included in the RFP package. After much discussion and individual scoring, the evaluation team recommended CBCL .

John Flewelling, President and CEO says “CBCL is pleased to have been selected to provide engineering services for the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project.  We are excited to be working with the Town of Yarmouth and project stake holders to generate the best value for the investments being made at the terminal facilities.”

CBCL will be on the ground in Yarmouth soon. Initial work will include detailed design, testing, and inspections. Work ranges from measurements and visual inspections to destructive testing with major construction and demolition beginning in the fall of 2019. All work for the project is slated for completion by the fall of 2021.

A Project Kick-Off Event takes place on Friday, May 3rd at 2:30pm at the Ferry Terminal. The event  will be hosted by Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, the Honourable Zach Churchill, MLA for Yarmouth; Pam Mood, Mayor, Town of Yarmouth; Daniel Allen, Councillor, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, and Danny Muise, Deputy Warden, Municipality of the District of Argyle. All are welcome to attend.

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About CBCL
CBCL Limited is an employee-owned company providing Engineering and Environmental Design and Consulting Services with approximately 350 employees and offices in all four Atlantic Provinces and in Ottawa Ontario. CBCL has extensive experience with ferry terminals throughout Atlantic Canada and has a longstanding working relationship with the Town of Yarmouth and local contractors. Website: http://www.cbcl.ca/index.html

Province-Wide Quality of Life Survey Launched

NOVA SCOTIANS HEAD TO THEIR MAILBOXES - Province-Wide Quality of Life Survey Launched

Friday, April 26, 2019 – Starting this week, Nova Scotians can check their mailboxes for an invitation to participate in a first-of-its-kind survey measuring quality of life across the province.

Approximately one-in-five households (80,000) will receive an invitation containing a unique code that enables them to complete an online survey.

The survey asks how people feel they are doing in eight key areas related to their quality of life, such as living standards, time-use and community vitality.

ScreenShot2018 06 08at2.59.33PM“Traditionally, much of the information we have used to make decisions about our daily lives has been based on economic data,” says Danny Graham, chief engagement officer with Engage Nova Scotia. “Those data aren’t wrong, they’re just incomplete. We think that if we have a more complete picture of how Nova Scotians are doing in all areas that matter to them, we’ll be better equipped to make decisions that help everyone live a good life.”

The survey is being led by Engage Nova Scotia with support from Nova Scotia Community College, and administered by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo.

“We are excited to be part of this project, which is the first and most comprehensive province-wide survey on quality of life ever done in Canada,” says Bryan Smale, director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. “The information will provide Nova Scotians with an extraordinary opportunity to think creatively and generate innovative approaches that will help address the complex quality of life issues that residents from all regions of the province tell us are important to them.”

“We’re proud to support this unique, first-of-its-kind survey says NSCC president Don Bureaux. “It offers tremendous potential to shape the work we do everyday in pursuit of our mission: improving Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation.”

“We’re working with a huge range of partners on this project,” says Graham.”NSCC campus principals, businesses, community groups and others have come together in ten Local Leadership Teams across the province to get the word out about this survey because they see how important it could be to our future.”

Once collected, the information from the survey will be compiled and prepared into up to ten regional reports. Those reports will then serve as the foundation for innovative approaches to priority-setting and planning at a local level for years to come.

“We’re imagining that the ten Local Leadership Teams will form the starting point for cross-sector working groups that focus on turning the results into action,” says Graham. “For us, this is more than a research project; it’s a ‘shaping our future’ project.”

Anyone over the age of 16 in a household that receives an invitation can complete the survey, which is open until July 5. Participation is voluntary and all personal information is completely confidential. People who would prefer a paper copy of the survey (in English or French) can call 902-407-2582 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

High-speed Internet access and assistance going online is available at all @NS sites. To find the site closest to you, or with general questions about the survey, call 211..

For more information, contact: 

Maria Rose
(902) 229-4649
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Or 

For on-air interviews, contact:  

Michael Flood
(902) 999-7350
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Advance Poll – 2019 Town of Yarmouth By-Election

Voting in the advance poll by telephone or internet for the upcoming by-election for Councillor for the Town of Yarmouth will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on May 18th.

Regular voting will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th and continue until the close of the polls at 7:00 p.m. that day.

Eligible residents will be asked to vote for one of the following Candidates to fill this vacant seat on the Town Council:

Steven Berry
Gil Dares
Daniel MacIsaac
David Tupper

Residents on the electors list should receive letters in the mail prior to May 11th with complete instructions on voting. Voters will require the PIN number included in their voters letters and their date of birth at the time of voting.

New residents or residents who have moved in the Town of Yarmouth can confirm that their names appear on the list of electors with a correct mailing address by contacting the Returning Officer at:

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by telephone at 902-742-6574
or in person at the Returning Office, Lower Level Town Hall
400 Main Street, Yarmouth
weekdays between the hours of 12:30and 5:30 p.m.

Town of Yarmouth teams with Tri-Star Industries for New Fleet Addition

Tri-Star Industries to build heavy-duty utility vehicle for the Yarmouth Fire Department

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. –  The Yarmouth Fire Department will add a new and much-needed addition to its fleet soon. At a recent council meeting, a motion passed to contract Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to build a new heavy-duty utility vehicle. The new vehicle will replace Unit #26 - an ageing four-wheel drive recently removed from service because of safety concerns.

Tri-Star will build the newest fleet addition from a 2019 Ford f-250 4x4 heavy-duty. Like its predecessor, this truck will serve several uses including fire inspections, fire prevention, and traffic control at fire scenes. However, plans for the new truck are to have expanded capabilities.

 According to Fire Chief John Verrall, the upgraded Unit #26 will provide a variety of improvements that allow the department to be more effective in all situations.

“This vehicle gives us more capacity for equipment and better overall flexibility,” says Verrall. “We couldn’t store equipment on the old truck because of it not being protected from the weather, or from being stolen. The new truck solves those issues as the design includes a truck cap with storage on each side.  It will also have a large sliding tray for easy loading and unloading of equipment, improved lighting and visibility at scenes, and will be better for moving crews. It will comfortably accommodate five firefighters in full turn out gear.”

Besides the capacity improvements of the truck itself, Verrall adds that the new unit will also provide towing capabilities.

“This will be a three quarter ton truck with full towing capabilities which helps us now and in the future. It gives us the ability to move our hazmat trailer and boat, and then looking down the road we have the option to add more equipment that can be towed.”

Colin Murphy, Chief Business Officer at Tri-Star Industries said “We are pleased to have been selected by the Yarmouth Fire Department to build their newest utility vehicle. Our company takes pride in every custom vehicle we build, but it’s special to know this one will be serving our local community.”

Old Unit #26

The replacement of Unit #26 is the second move of late to improve the department’s fleet. In February, the Town purchased a new heavy rescue unit and “sold” the truck it replaced to the Eel Brook Fire Department for one dollar. The approved tender amount awarded for the new unit is $72,500. Work begins on the vehicle in the very near future with expected completion later this year.

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Image: Old Unit #26 being replaced.

Town Planner

The Planner is responsible for the development and amendment of planning documents that will guide and regulate development activities in the Town of Yarmouth.  He/she will communicate with members of the public, the Planning Advisory Committee and Council regarding recommendations and identify how land use policy may affect the overall direction of growth and development in the Town.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's Degree in Planning or a related field
  • Experience as a Planner
  • Well developed interpersonal and public relations skills.  This includes the ability to facilitate, negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Ability to interpret planning and development legislation and regulations within the Municipal Government Act
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite Software
  • Experience with mapping and utilizing GIS and graphic software
  • Ability to perform under high pressure in a deadline oriented environment and manage multiple projects
  • Eligibility to become a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Possess a valid driver's license

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare and present reports and recommendations for CAO, Council, Planning Advisory Committee and other committees on a wide range of planning and development matters.
  • Negotiate the terms of development agreements and site plan applications with prospective developers and prepare draft agreements for discussion and consideration by the Planning Advisory Committee and Council.
  • Manage the processing and administration of planning applications, including development agreements, and amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-Law, and Subdivision By-Law.  This includes coordinating the public participation programs, organizing public information meetings, public hearings, etc.
  • Ensures planning documents are regularly updated and kept current.
  • Undertake and coordinate special research projects on planning and development matters/issues.
  • Address public, realtor, developer, and Council inquiries regarding planning and development issues and provide assistance as necessary. This position also deals with escalating issues regarding planning activities with members of the public and developers.
  • Provide assistance to other Departments in relation to by-law or policy interpretations, various projects and policy initiatives.
  • Review policies and comments on provincial consultation documents pertaining to planning related issues.
  • Prepare Request for Proposals pertaining to planning activities.
  • Attend seminars, conferences, course and training sessions which relate to planning and development activities.
  • Work with the management team on issues that cross technical or departmental boundaries.
  • Provide key messages for initiatives of the Department, to be utilized by the Communications Coordinator and the Mayor.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by the CAO.

POSITION TYPE

This is a 1 year term position with the possibility of renewal.

To apply please forward a resume and cover letter 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.

By-Election Notice

The preliminary list of electors has been prepared for the upcoming by-election

The Revising Officer may make additions or corrections to the list upon application by telephone, e-mail or in person. Persons who are new residents in the Town of Yarmouth or persons who have moved since the last election are encouraged to verify that their names appear correctly on the list of electors. 

Electors may find out if they are on the list of electors by:

(1) Visiting the Returning Office between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays until April 11th at:

Lower Level, Town Hall
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, NS

(2) Contacting the returning office between the hours of 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Telephone: (902)-742-6574 
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You will be asked for your name, your civic address and your date of birth.

David Sollows
Returning Officer for the Town of Yarmouth

 

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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