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Town Council Meeting - Aug 9, 2022

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The next Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 9th at 6:00 p.m., and will be held in-person and online. The public is welcome.

The meeting can also be viewed online through the following links:

a) Zoom Webinar link:

No Zoom account is required, but you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Allows for two-way interaction when appropriate within a meeting (for example, for a public hearing). Alternatively, telephone +16473744685,84603914449# for audio only; long-distance charges may apply.

b) YouTube live stream on “Town of Lunenburg” channel:

No account is required. Visit the channel page and a live feed will appear only when the meeting begins. Allows for viewing only. The recording is also archived here post-meeting for later viewing.

The full Agenda package with supporting documents is available on the Town website here:

Mayor's Monthly Update - Jul 2022

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"There are fewer Council meetings in the summer, but services and projects continue at the Town of Lunenburg."

For Mayor Risser's message for July 2022, click here:

Download the PDF pdf here (127 KB) .

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Public Hearing: Taxi Bylaw - Aug 9, 2022

Proposed Amendments to Taxi By-law

On June 28, 2022 Lunenburg Town Council gave notice of its intention to amend By-law #59 Taxi and called for a Public Hearing. The meeting will be held in-person and online as part of the August 9, 2022 Council Meeting; all are invited to attend.

Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug 9, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, Lunenburg Town Hall, 120 Townsend Street door

The intent of the amendment is to update “Schedule ‘A’ Rates for Taxi Drivers” which has remained unchanged since 2003. The proposed amendments address an increase in the rate “for transportation by taxi from any one point within the Town to any other point within the Town” from $5.00 to $7.00 (including HST). Other rates to increase accordingly.

The public is welcome to make verbal submissions at the meeting or written submissions in advance. To submit comments in advance, please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your full name and civic address.

A copy of the draft Bylaw amendment may be found pdf here (11 KB) .

Livestream links are: Zoom or YouTube

Approval of Amended Noise By-law

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lunenburg Council during a regular Council meeting of June 14th, 2022, approved the amendment of By-law 58 – Noise. The amended Noise By-law becomes effective as of the date of the publishing of this notice (Lighthouse Now/Progress Bulleting issue of June 29th, 2022). The new By-law may be viewed on the Town’s website at or by visiting the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS.

Please note the following changes:

1. Private fireworks and other pyrotechnics are BANNED within Town limits at all times.
2. Evening quiet hours are in effect at 11:00 p.m.
3. Violations of the bylaw are summary offence tickets offences and will be enforced by the RCMP on a complaint-driven basis.

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Approval of New Street Encroachment By-law

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lunenburg Council during a regular Council meeting of June 14th, 2022, approved the rescinding of By-law 65 – A By-law Respecting Street Encroachment for Building Access and substituted therefore a new Street Encroachment By-law. The new Street Encroachment By-law becomes effective as of the date of the publishing of this notice (Lighthouse Now/Progress Bulletin issue of June 29th, 2022). The new By-law may be viewed on the Town’s Website at or by visiting the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS.

For further information and questions concerning the new Street Encroachment By-law, please contact Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager at 902-634-4410 x 234, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Lead and Copper Management Program

UPDATE June 23, 2022 -- The Water Utility was pleased to receive many responses for participation in the program. Those who have been selected for this year have been notified. Thank you for your interest, and please try us again at the next opportunity!

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May 30, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg’s Water Utility is implementing a Lead and Copper Management Program in accordance with the Approval to Operate issued by Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change.

This program is meant to assess public exposure as well as reduce the exposure of customers if lead or copper levels exceed Health Canada Guidelines. Health Canada has found lead to be a probable carcinogen that can negatively affect cognition and behaviour in children. Copper levels exceeding Health Canada’s acceptable concentrations may affect the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys.


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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - 17 Tannery Road

June 22, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg intends to divest ownership of 17 Tannery Road, the Old New Town School referred to as the Annex. The building had most recently been leased by NSCC, who have vacated the property.

While the property is not located in the Heritage Conservation District or World Heritage Site, the building itself (built in 1883) is a registered municipal heritage property. The designation would continue to apply to any future owner of the Annex.

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Lunenburg Birthday 2022

The June 7th celebration acknowledged a number of significant milestones this year in partnership with the Lunenburg Academy Foundation.

  • Official opening of the Heritage Classroom at Lunenburg Academy
  • Unveiling of a plaque from Canadian Heritage marking the 125th anniversary of Lunenburg Academy in 2020
  • 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention
  • Presentation of three Heritage Recognition Awards for “a job well done” in outstanding restoration of built heritage
  • Birthday cake for the 269 years since the founding of what we now know as the Town of Lunenburg – a celebration of the Foreign Protestants, Acadians, Mi’kmaq and the many other nationalities since who have found a home here

Thank you all for being a part of our long and ever-expanding story. Happy birthday, Lunenburg!

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Future of Lunenburg Electric Utility under Consideration

May 24, 2022 – Town Council is undertaking a sustainability review of the Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility, which is periodically required for stewardship of its business plan. Several scenarios will be considered, and data collected to help narrow down the options.

The Utility’s five-year service agreement with Nova Scotia Power is due for renewal in May 2023. Other factors driving this review include aging infrastructure, changing electrical regulations in Nova Scotia, and the impact of increased frequency and intensity of storms due to climate change.

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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - Upper Hall Street

May 20, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg intends to subdivide and divest a portion of Hall Street PID 60500006 into private hands for private uses. The portion of the lot inside the Town boundary is zoned Industrial for current and future use under the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Planning Strategy.

The approach approved by Town Council at their May 10, 2022 meeting is to subdivide PID 60500006 into two lots. This decision supports the Comprehensive Community Plan’s strategic goal for economic development.

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New Town Engineer Joins Lunenburg Staff

May 16, 2022 -- The Town of Lunenburg is pleased to announce that Tyson Joyce will be joining our team as Town Engineer as of May 30, 2022.

Tyson brings 22 years of experience with a particular emphasis in civil engineering, project management, and infrastructure maintenance. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - Upper King Street

May 11, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg is investigating the possibility of divesting ownership of Upper King Street PIDs 60057387, 60057379, 60057395, 60579687 and 60057460 into private ownership for private uses, i.e., housing. A map outlining the lots is below.

The process includes a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain potential housing development concepts for the lots at Upper King Street. No action from the public is required at this time. There will be ample opportunities for public consultation ahead of any prospective sale of the lands.

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NSUARB Public Hearing re Water Utility - Aug 10 2022


TOWN OF LUNENBURG, on behalf of its WATER UTILITY has applied for approval of amendments to its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and amendments to its Schedule of Rules and Regulations. A PDF of this notice is downloadable pdf here (108 KB) .

This matter will be considered in a public hearing as follows:

Hearing starts: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:30 am
Lunenburg Town Hall
119 Cumberland Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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New CAO for the Town of Lunenburg

Jamie Doyle sm 162 203 pxApril 28, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg has hired Jamie Doyle as their new permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Jamie comes to Lunenburg from Fort McMurray, Alberta with over 15 years of municipal government experience. He served the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as the CAO, Deputy CAO, as well as the Director of Planning and Development.

He has a degree in Community Design from Dalhousie University, a Municipal Executive Certification from the University of Alberta, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Project Management.

"I am delighted to have an opportunity to come back to Nova Scotia and work for the Town of Lunenburg,” he said. “After visiting the community and Town Council I am excited to work alongside such a progressive group and play my part in continuing to make Lunenburg a great place to live, work and play."


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Public Notice: Water Utility

The Town of Lunenburg has submitted an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) for changes in its Water Rates and Regulations for customers served by the Lunenburg Water Utility, as set out in the Water Rate Study available pdf here (1.11 MB) .

The UARB will advise the public on next steps. To search the matter on their website, visit here.

 *Update: The UARB has scheduled a public hearing for August 10, 2022 to be held in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Time TBA.