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Employment Opportunity - Building Official / Fire Inspector

The Town of Trenton is seeking the temporary placement of a Building Official / Fire Inspector for an 18 month plus term that will commence in September 2020. This position is in the Town of Trenton and is part of a contractual agreement with the Towns of Stellarton and Westville. This person will be under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Trenton and will be full time throughout the term. 

The successful candidate will have two years of relevant education in the field and hold a level II qualification as Building Official and a level I or higher for FIANS, as well as memberships with NSBOA and FIANS. The candidate will also have a minimum of five years work experience in the field. 

The position comes with a very good compensation package along with benefits.

Interested persons, please send your resume and cover letter directly to Wayne Teasdale at  or drop your materials off to the Town Office (120 Main Street, Trenton) or mail directly to the address above.

Interested persons, please send your resume and cover letter to Wayne Teasdale, CAO:

By Email:   

Drop off to the Town Office (120 Main Street, Trenton) during regular public hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm)

Mail To:
Town of Trenton
Attn: Wayne Teasdale, CAO
PO Box 328, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0

Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 17, 2020.

Trenton Parks & Recreation Drop In Program

We have exciting news!

Following safety measures provided by public health, Trenton Parks and Recreation will be offering a Drop in Program, throughout the month of August, happening three times a week for two an a haft hour sessions. For full details including calendar with dates, times, & locations, please view the following links:

pdf Drop In Event Poster (340 KB)

pdf 2020 Drop In Program Information Package (527 KB)

pdf Covid Drop In Program Information (169 KB)

pdf Drop In Program FAQ (172 KB)

If you have any questions, please email  

2020 Municipal Election

ELECTIONS PICTOU COUNTY

Municipal Elections will take place in Nova Scotia on October 17, 2020.

For more information for voters and candidates, please visit this special website created for Elections Pictou County:

The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities also has a website dedicated to the election which you can visit by clicking here.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Interested in running in the 2020 Municipal Election? Please visit Elections Pictou County and our "Become a Member of Council" page for more details.

TRENTON ADOPTS ELECTRONIC VOTING FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2020

The Town of Trenton has decided that only electronic votes will be cast for the fall municipal election in 2020.

Municipal elections in Nova Scotia are scheduled to take place on October 17, 2020 and with the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and the likelihood that social distancing restrictions will continue, Trenton Council voted 3-2 in favour of eliminating paper ballot voting for the 2020 year.

Concerns were raised that residents may not have the ability to vote electronically without access to the internet or the knowhow to use such technology. However, voting can be done over the telephone. There will be an accessible polling station and help desk set up at the Trenton Rink Annex on election day for residents requiring assistance in casting their votes electronically only. From October 05 to 17, residents will be able to cast their votes electronically or by telephone 24 hours per day.

This decision has been made for the 2020 election only, for the health and safety of all Town of Trenton residents. Eliminating paper ballots will assist in reducing the number of election workers and polling stations required as well as the need to gather in large crowds on election day helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

TO VOTE BY INTERNET OR TELEPHONE

A letter will be mailed by late September to those electors who are registered on the voters list.

There you will find your pin # along with instructions on how to complete the process.

A help desk will be set up in the returning office to assist with any questions an elector might have concerning the process.

Telephone numbers will be available at a later date on the Elections Pictou County website: www.electionspictoucounty.ca 

RETURNING OFFICER

Anyone who has moved, name change or has turned 18 should contact the returning office.

If you have questions or require assistance, contact the Returning Officer for the Town of Trenton:

Josephine MacDonald, Returning Officer
Tel: 902-485-2248
Email: 

Low Income Tax Relief Policy

Applications for a Low Income Tax Exemption for the 2020-2021 fiscal year are now available.

This exemption is available to any person assessed to a taxable property in the Town of Trenton; currently lives in the home; and whose total income from all sources for the 2019 year was less than $25,000 (total income means total household income excluding war veteran’s allowance or pension paid pursuant to the Pension Act).

Applicants must provide proof of income & the application signature MUST be witnessed at Town Hall (120 Main Street).

The full policy can be found here:

pdf FIN-20200616 - LOW INCOME TAX RELIEF POLICY (139 KB)

Applications can be picked up at Town Hall. If you wish to print the application at home, it is available by clicking on the policy link above and can be found on the 3rd page of the policy.

The maximum exemption that will be granted is $250.00. All applications must be completed and returned no later than  July 31, 2020. 

Town of Trenton Public Notice: Re-opening of Town Hall

Update Effective: Friday, July 31, 2020

The Town of Trenton Town Hall re-opened to the public effective Monday, June 01, 2020 with adjustments to adhere to proper social distancing protocols and ensure the safety of Town staff and residents. Effective, July 02, 2020, the public office hours have been extended:

PUBLIC OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Friday - 9:00am to 2:00pm

While Town staff are currently on site working regular hours (Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm), the office will be open to the public between 9:00am to 2:00pm for payment purposes ONLY. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Town Hall by calling 902-752-5311 or review the Staff Directory.

OFFICE PROTOCOLS

The following protocols will be enforced for anyone entering Town Hall. No exceptions permitted.

  • Face masks will be REQUIRED for entry to Town Hall effective July 31, 2020. Anyone entering without a face covering will be denied service.
  • Only TWO (2) residents will be allowed in Town Hall at a time. This includes members from the same household. Whenever possible, please select ONE (1) family member to enter the Town Hall.
  • The doors will be unlocked during the public office hours. During this time you may use the automatic door opener to enter the building to reduce touching of the door handles.
  • Once inside the office, you may approach the front counter. If there is already a resident at the counter, please adhere to proper social distancing by waiting at the designated spot for your turn. Staff will disinfect all surfaces after each resident. 
  • For your own safety & that of Town Staff, we recommend both gloves and a face mask to be worn when entering Town Hall.
  • If your business will require a signature, we recommend that you bring your own pen to use. We will have pens readily available.
  • If you need to use the debit/credit machine, use the tap option whenever possible.
  • An automatic hand sanitizer dispenser is located to the left of the front counter inside Town Hall. We recommend you use this, as necessary.
  • The public washroom is currently unavailable.
  • Access to the Planning & Development Department, located upstairs at Town Hall, will be by appointment ONLY. No walk-ins will be permitted. Please call ahead to set up an appointment.

OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS

There are still payment options available without the need to enter Town Hall. We ask that if any of these options are possible for you, please consider not coming to Town Hall.  

Online Banking

  • Login to your online banking account
  • Choose to Add Payee / Add Bill / Add Bill Payment (option provided will depend on your banking institution)
  • Select Account Type: Town of Trenton Water or Town of Trenton Taxes (if you cannot find the account with these specific names, try searching the word Trenton & select the correct account from the populated list)
  • For water payments, use your Utilicode Number found on your water bill. Your account number is 8-digit numbers only (12345678). You do not need to include the decimal (.00) at the end of Utilicode.
  • For tax payments, use your Municipal Account Number found on your tax bill. Your account number is 8-digit numbers only (12345678).
  • You will also notice a customer code on your bills which has letters & numbers (NAMEA001) - do not use this customer code for online banking.

Bank Payments

Your water & tax bills can be paid at your banking institution. Just take your bill to your bank (or have your account number available and the amount you wish to pay), and they will transfer the payment from your account to the Town.

Cheques or Money Orders

Payments should be made out to the “Town of Trenton” and mailed to:

Town of Trenton
P.O. Box 328
Trenton, NS B0K 1X0

State your Utilicode for water or Municipal Account Number for taxes on the front of your cheque or include the bill stub (bottom portion of your bill). If you require a receipt, ensure you have checked off “Request Receipt” on the bill stub.

Credit Card

The Town now accepts Visa and Mastercard and can do so over the phone. You must have your card number, expiration date and security code (located on the back of your card) available. For the safety and security of residents' personal information, your credit card information will only be taken from staff in the Town Hall and will be destroyed after the approved payment has been taken. Your card information is not kept on file. If you require a receipt, one can be sent to you following the payment.

If you require assistance in finding your account number or balance, please contact Town Hall at 902-752-5311 during regular business hours.   

We will continue to share updates and information regarding COVID-19 on the Town website and Facebook page. We are asking all residents to follow guidelines set by the Government of Nova Scotia and NS Dept. of Health & Wellness by following proper social distancing, be cautious of what information you share and be weary of unfounded claims on social media. The most accurate and up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 can be found online from the Province of Nova Scotia at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus. We appreciate your continued participation and understanding. 

Town Administration

Town of Trenton Cancellations Notice (Summer 2020)

Re: Cancellation of Recreational Activities – Summer of 2020.

To whom it may concern, 

Under the directive of the Town of Trenton Mayor and Council, we must publicly announce that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the following programs and events scheduled annually in Trenton are officially cancelled for the summer of 2020. 

They include: 

  • The Trenton Park outdoor pool will remain closed for the 2020 season.
  • Trenton Parks & Recreation Summer Programs, including the Children’s Day Camp, will not be running for the 2020 year.
  • The Town’s annual festival (Trenton FunFest) has been cancelled for 2020
  • Trenton Park & Trails Reopening (Update: May 01, 2020)

While the Town regrets this loss to our recreational needs, we know we must put the safety of our residents at the forefront. These cancellations align with many other Municipal units and annual festival committees’ decisions during the current Provincial State of Emergency.

During this time of uncertainty, it is important that we all continue to follow proper physical distancing and isolation protocols as set by the Provincial Department of Health and Wellness. While no gatherings or drop in programming will be offered, the Director of Parks and Recreation will turn his efforts into developing recreation and social programs that align with these requirements while providing some level of socializing and physical activity amongst Trenton residents.

Understandably, such closures and cancellations will impact summer employment opportunities available from the Town of Trenton. Please know the Town is committed to hiring summer students to assist in property care and maintenance, and whatever other capacity we can offer while still having the ability to keep everybody safe.

Respectfully submitted,

Wayne Teasdale
Chief Administrative Officer

pdf Public Notice: Cancellation of Trenton Recreational Activities - Summer 2020 (100 KB)

REMO Pictou County Notices

REMO - Regional Emergency Management Organization Pictou County

REMO Pictou County is made up of representatives from six local municipal units who are working collaboratively under a provincial approved emergency management plan to deliver essential services to all Pictou County residents during emergency situations.

Please visit the REMO Pictou County Facebook Page for current updates & notices.

 

PUBLIC NOTICES

pdf Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19 (April 16, 2020) (54 KB)

image NS Health Authority - Mental Health and Addictions: Program Update (April 15, 2020) (328 KB)

pdf Shop Responsibly: Province urges everyone to use common sense when shopping for groceries or essential items (April 07, 2020) (279 KB)

pdf Interim primary care access clinics established in Truro and New Glasgow for people without a family practice (April 03, 2020) (183 KB)

pdf Hefty fines will be issued for people who don’t heed social distancing rules (March 31, 2020) (175 KB)

pdf Nova Scotia Health Authority - Coping with COVID-19 (181 KB)

pdf Precautionary measures for taxi & community transportation operations (March 31, 2020) (122 KB)

pdf Be Aware of Scams related to COVID-19 Crisis (March 31, 2020) (106 KB)

pdf Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development's Message to Families (March 30, 2020) (58 KB)

pdf Trails provide a place to exercise, not socialize (March 30, 2020) (148 KB)

Please note that all trails in the Town of Trenton are currently closed including those at Trenton Park & the Smelt Brook Trail.

pdf Waste, recycling and compost collection services continue to be offered in Pictou County (March 29, 2020) (127 KB)

pdf Dr. Strang Letter to Nova Scotians (March 26, 2020) (154 KB)

pdf FAQs to support the Public Health Protection Act Order (March 26, 2020) (159 KB)

pdf Community Resources in Pictou County (137 KB)

 

REMO Newsletters

April 14, 2020

 

Resources for Awareness

Government of Canada Resources

Proper Hand Washing

Employers and Community Groups Fact Sheet

Individuals and Families Fact Sheet

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Information on How to Self Isolate

Information on Social Distancing

Practice Social Distancing

Social Distancing Best Practices

Fire Ban & Restrictions (Updated)

Nova Scotia Lands & Forestry Notice

Updated: May 15, 2020

FIRE BAN & RESTRICTIONS

A ban on open fires in the woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of the woods is in effect until 1 June 2020 at 11:59 pm. This means No Domestic Brush Burning is permitted. Use of fire pits which are no wider than 0.5 m in diameter, and backyard appliances (like chimineas) are permitted for households but must follow the posted burning restrictions updated at 2:00pm daily. Municipal bylaws must also be followed.

During the wildfire risk season (March 15 to October 15) all campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions.

Check before you burn - visit the Nova Scotia website for daily burning restrictions.

 

OPEN FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

March 25, 2020

For full details regarding the burn ban, please review the following notices from Nova Scotia Lands & Forestry:

Building Inspection Protocol

Building Inspection Protocol

Regarding current concerns during COVID-19 social distancing and sanitization recommendations, this protocol for performing building inspections is effective immediately.

- All inspections will be booked a minimum of 2 days out to ensure maximum grouping of inspections and to control and limit defined inspection days.

- All interaction regarding inspections, documentation, booking, review, etc., where and when possible, will be conducted electronically, digitally and/or by phone. All such correspondence to be strictly through devices provided or preapproved by the Town.

- All inspection sites will be required to be vacated at the time of inspection. If required and only by prearrangement with the inspecting official, a maximum of one (1) other individual may be allowed on site at the time of the inspection. Social distancing procedures as recommended by the Federal and Provincial Health Authority’s shall be observed. On site refers to the physical building being inspected and not necessarily the property where social distancing can be practiced safely.

- Any inspection site that is “occupied” with or without a permit, will have inspections deferred indefinitely. Exceptions in extenuating circumstances may be permitted only by special arrangement through the official.

- The following questions will be asked when arranging for an inspection:

1) Has anyone who has been on site traveled out of the province in the last 14 days?

2) Is there anyone who has been on the site currently in self or imposed isolation?

3) Will the site be empty and if not, who will be there (maximum 1 person).

- An affirmative response to any of the above questions is an automatic indefinite deferral of the inspection. All deferred inspections are to be logged and will take precedent when this protocol is no longer in place.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Emily Lutton

Building Official & Fire Inspector

Trenton Park Redevelopment Initiative Update

TRENTON PARK REDEVELOPMENT WORK REACHES EARLY MILESTONE

Trenton, NS – The redevelopment of Trenton Park has reached a major milestone, in awarding the design work phase to Glenn Group Landscape Architects and Park Planners.

The successful contract notification took place in February 14, after a public tendering process, through the Town of Trenton in the amount of $216,140.00 plus applicable taxes.

“We’re thrilled to see this incredible project for the community officially underway with the beginning of formal design plans. We know that people are really excited to see the work start in the park, and the design phase is a big milestone for this redevelopment project,” said Mayor Shannon MacInnis. “We will be working closely with our project manager and council as this redevelopment project comes to fruition and look forward to what this will add and bring to our community.”  

The project has seen support from all levels of government, with $2.2 million from the federal government, $1.2 million from the province of Nova Scotia, and $254,518 from the Town of Trenton, Town of New Glasgow, Town of Pictou, the County of Pictou, the Town of Stellarton and community.

“We are thrilled to have this company selected and start the formal plans for the project,” said John Charlton, Project Manager overseeing the redevelopment project. “Park users may start to see activity on-site as early as this spring, and we’re working towards final completion of the project in summer of 2021.” 

Once complete this universally accessible, high-quality parkland will serve as a signature destination within our community offering residents a wealth of outdoor recreation activities and opportunities.  Redevelopment plans include many new additions to the park including a large and exciting playground, seating, signage, shade shelters, refurbished pool, picnic areas, splash pad, fenced dog park, washrooms, trail remediation, and additional, upgraded parking facilities. Once restored and modernized, Trenton Park will provide a safer, accessible, and more welcoming environment to ensure the widest use possible and participation by people of all ages.

The fundraising and redevelopment project was initiated by the Hemlock Group, a volunteer group of engaged citizens looking to create an outdoor recreation space for all of Pictou County and beyond.

For more information on the plans, click here to visit the Hemlock Group website.

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