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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 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will be asked for your name, your civic address and your date of birth.

David Sollows
Returning Officer for the Town of Yarmouth

 

Notice of By-Election and Call for Nominations.

Mariners Centre Steering Committee Hold Productive First Meeting


The newly formed committee met recently to discuss a variety of topics, with a focus on quickly assembling a quality funding application for a major infrastructure project at Mariners Centre

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. – A cross-section of staff and councillors from three partner municipalities recently met for the first time as the official Steering Committee guiding the Mariners Centre expansion project. The meeting allowed the group to determine its scope of work over coming months, and laid down important groundwork needed to allow for the fast assembly of a funding application due in June.

mariners centreA number of action items were covered that will provide the committee with the tools and resources needed to complete the application in a timely manner. One key item includes a request to be put to all three councils for shared funding to cover costs of the application process. It was also agreed that, given the great detail of the application and importance of the project to the region, the hiring of an experienced project coordinator is necessary.

A request for decision from all three councils will be submitted to approve the position, and once the committee receives approval of its budget, a coordinator will be hired and housed at the Municipality of Yarmouth administration building to project manage the application.

Municipality of Yarmouth Warden Leland Anthony was appointed as Chair of the Committee while Argyle Deputy Warden Danny Muise was appointed Vice Chair.  According to Warden Anthony, the meeting was on target and the group all agreed that moving quickly on a funding application was a key priority.

“The first meeting of the Mariners Center Expansion Steering Committee went very well,” said Anthony.  “Work on the funding application will begin in the next two to three weeks.”

Deputy Warden Muise echoed Anthony’s view, saying “As Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, I am very happy to be able to work with the Town of Yarmouth and Municipality of Yarmouth towards making this important regional project a possible reality. Our first meeting was very productive in the sense that all three units are on the same page on what we want to accomplish”.

Prior to this committee meeting, it was determined that the focus for the application would be to fund an aquatics centre, an indoor track with associated outdoor track facilities in Tusket, and a field house which would serve as a multi-purpose recreation facility. Other needs will be considered in future phases.

The Group meets again on April 5th to continue to move the project forward.

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About the Steering Committee

The Steering committee is a group of 9 comprised of three members each from the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, the Town of Yarmouth, and the Municipality of the District of Argyle. The members are: 

Municipality of Yarmouth
Warden Leland Anthony (Committee Chair)
Deputy Warden John Cunningham
CAO Victoria Brooks

Town of Yarmouth
Mayor Pam Mood
Deputy Mayor Phil Mooney
CAO Jeff Gushue

Municipality of Argyle
Warden Richard Donaldson
Deputy Warden Danny Muise (Committee Vice-Chair)
CAO Alain Muise

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.

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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