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Message from Mayor, Council & CAO (2024-02-20)

Message from Mayor, Council & Chief Administrative Officer


Dear Residents,

In December 2023, the Town of Trenton pled guilty to an offence under the federal government’s Fisheries Act. The Town was sentenced on February 15, 2024.

The plea is connected to the Town’s lack of action to address a blocked sewer pipe, discovered in the fall of 2017, which caused the backup of untreated sewage into the Park Road manhole, which then over-flowed through an outfall pipe before discharging into the discharge path leading to Lowden Brook.

The situation was not addressed until January 2020, following a citizen complaint to the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC). In response to the results of testing, which indicated the untreated sewage effluent flowing through the pipe constituted a “deleterious substance,” and therefore, a violation of the Fisheries Act, the Town took immediate action, replacing 200 feet of sewage pipe over the course of two days.

There was no indication of environmental harm to the impacted fish habitat as a result of the deposit of the untreated sewage effluent into the Lowden Brook and East River.

While the issue was addressed in January 2020, this matter has just recently been heard by the court. The Town pled guilty to the violation. We have been working with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and will fully comply with the terms of our court order. We are focused on meeting the requirements of the order, which includes training, public notification requirements, and testing and reporting requirements.

The Town has three years to pay the fine of $100,000 and at this time it is not expected to have an impact on residents’ taxes, programs, or services.

We acknowledge, and regret, that the appropriate steps were not taken to address this issue at the time it was discovered. We are committed to making sure this does not happen again, through further work on our wastewater and storm water systems. We will provide regular updates on the status of these projects.

Respectfully,

Mayor, Council and CAO


*** Please note,
further information will be made available to the public on our website and in upcoming newsletters regarding the details of the fine and sentencing requirements.

Accessibility Committee Accepting New Members

Accessibility Committee Accepting New Members

The Town of Trenton is committed to identifying, preventing, and eliminating barriers faced by people of all abilities including those who identify as having a disability, and ensuring our municipal programs, services, initiatives, and facilities in our Town are barrier-free.

If you’re interested in creating a more accessible and equitable community, and would like to become part of the Accessibility Committee, please reach out:


Phone: 902-752-5311 (Town Hall)
Email:

 

Helpful Links:

Community Grants Policy & Application Process 2024-25

Town of Trenton Community Grants Policy & Application Process

Every year the Town receives requests for support from many community groups and causes. Responding to such requests on an ad hoc or “as received” basis may result in unequitable treatment of requests that are received late in the fiscal year or may not allow Council to best prioritize such requests for maximum impact in the community. The Community Grants Policy was put into effect June 12, 2018, to begin for the 2019 fiscal year and beyond.

Community Grant Applications for the 2024-25 fiscal period are now being considered. Applications must be received no later than February 28th, 2024, to be assessed in preparation for the 2024-25 General Operating Budget. Applicants who received funding in 2023-24 and who do not apply for 2024-25 may not be considered for further grant funding.

Although the Town of Trenton cannot fund all applications received, we appreciate the interest of community groups in our program. Consideration of any funding requests received after the approval of the General Operating Budget will be limited to the availability of unallocated funds until such time as they are exhausted.

How to Apply

The Community Grants Policy & application form may be obtained from Town Hall,120 Main Street, during public office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm), by calling 902-752-5311 or by visiting Community Grants section of the Town website.

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Please drop off your application form and any supporting materials to Town Hall or mail to:

Town of Trenton
PO Box 328
Trenton, NS
B0K 1X0

2024 Property Assessment Notices

2024 Property Assessment Notices have been mailed by Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC).

Did you know you can find more information about your 2024 property assessment online?

Log into My Property Report at www.pvsc.ca with the Assessment Account Number (AAN) and PIN on your 2024 Assessment Notice.

Still have questions?

Assessors are available by phone at 1-800-380-7775 or by email at  

Winter Parking Regulations 2023-2024

Public Notice - Winter Parking Regulations 2023-2024

Whereas due to the congestion on the streets and highways in the communities of New Glasgow and Trenton caused by vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the limitation on the free use of the streets liable to be caused by the presence of snow and ice thereon and notwithstanding that certain traffic signs have been erected in these communities prohibiting or permitting vehicles to park or stand upon any street during the hours stated thereon: 

  1. No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle upon any street in these communities between the hours of 01:00 m. and 07:00 a.m. of the same day.
  2. No owner, driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle shall between the1st day of December 2023 and the 1stday of April 2024, park or leave unattended by a person authorized to move and capable of operating the same upon any street in the above manner as to hinder, inconvenience or prevent removal or snow or ice from such highway or
  3. No owner, driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle shall during the period from one hour after any snowstorm has commenced to two hours after such snowstorm has stopped, park the vehicle if it is unattended by a person authorized to move and capable of operating the same, upon any street in these

Nothing in the foregoing shall apply to:

  1. A motor vehicle of a physician or surgeon parked reasonably near his/her office or residence and immediately available for professional calls.
  2. A motor vehicle parked by a physician or surgeon who is engaged in his/her professional occupation and reasonably near where he/she is so engaged.
  3. A motor vehicle parked by an operator who is engaged in discharging his/her duties as a Police Officer or a member of the police or the armed services.
  4. A motor vehicle parked by an operator who is engaged in discharging his/her duties as a member of a Fire Department.
  5. A commercial vehicle parked by an operator for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise.
  6. A motor vehicle belonging to a public utility company or corporation parked reasonably near the residence of an operator and immediately available for emergency call.

It shall be an offence for any person to fail to comply with these regulations and such person will be liable to a penalty as provided by Section 293 of the Motor Vehicle Act. In addition, under section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if they are parked in a way that interferes with snow clearing.

No person shall remove or permit to be removed snow or ice from a property onto a public street, sidewalk, or other public place. 

Businesses are reminded that it is your responsibility to remove all snow and ice from the sidewalk abutting their property including the street corner.

Chief Stephen Chisholm
TRAFFIC AUTHORITY
Town of New Glasgow & Trenton

JOIN THE FUN!

Volunteer for Trenton FunFest!

Our annual festival has been a summer staple in Trenton for over 35 years and we have been blessed with many fabulous volunteers during this time! Now we’re searching for volunteers to join the Trenton FunFest organizing committee for 2024.

If you’re interested or have any questions, please reach out to:

Trenton Parks & Recreation
Email: 
Tel: 902-752-2382

Click here to visit the Trenton FunFest page.

2023-24 Budget & Tax Rate

TOWN OF TRENTON NOTICE

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
2023-2024 Budget & Tax Rate

At a Special Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Council approved, accepted, and adopted the General Operating Budget of the Town of Trenton for the fiscal year from April 01, 2023, to March 31, 2024, in the amount of $5,249,279.00.

Due to the doubling of the Public Fire Protection Rate outlined in the Schedule of Rates set by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board effective April 1, 2023, the Town’s Fire Protection rate for this fiscal year must increase by $0.0725 to be set at $0.145 per $100 of assessment for all assessed properties in Trenton – residential and commercial.

All other tax rates will remain unchanged from the previous fiscal as follows:

  • Residential & Resource property tax rate to stay at $2.04 per $100 of assessment
  • Commercial property tax rate to stay at $4.10 per $100 of assessment
  • Solid Waste (garbage collection) annual user fee rate of $146.00 per dwelling unit

Dependent on property assessments, this may cause property owners to see an increase in their final tax bills, set to be issued in September 2023.

We appreciate residents understanding of this necessary change. Council did not come to this decision lightly, and we will continue to put the future of our Town at the forefront of our decision making.

Respectfully,

Mayor Donald Hussher & Town Council

 

Related Documents:

Trenton Water Utility Water Rate Increase

TOWN OF TRENTON PUBLIC NOTICE
Trenton Water Utility Water Rate Increases


The Town of Trenton, on behalf of its Water Utility, applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for approval to amend its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and its Schedule of Rules and Regulations. After due public notice, a hearing was held on December 14, 2022. The Schedule of Rates and Charges, including the public fire protection charge were approved by the Board, for Water and Water Services supplied on and after April 1, 2023, April 1, 2024, and April 1, 2025, respectively.

The average water bill in Nova Scotia is currently between $135 and $145 per quarter. In Trenton, the average water bill is currently $64 per quarter which equates to only $21 per month. The last water rate increase in Trenton was effective April 1, 2011, with no increase in 12 years.


Proposed increases for an average home (with four residents) are:

  • Effective April 1, 2023 – from $64.20 to $141.60 per quarter
    (Average increase of $309.60/year, $77.40/quarter, $5.95/week, or 85 cents/day)

  • Effective April 1, 2024 – from $141.60 to $165.47 per quarter
    (Average increase of $95.48/year, $23.87/quarter, $1.84/week, or 26 cents/day)

  • Effective April 1, 2025 – from $165.47 to $199.40 per quarter
    (Average increase of $135.72/year, $33.93/quarter, $2.61/week, or 37 cents/day


A large part of the increase, specifically in years 2 and 3, is the result of replacing the aging reservoir and upgrading the water pressure booster station and treatment plant. These improvements are essential for the delivery of safe drinking water.


 Approved increases are related to the changing provincial and federal environmental standards for drinking water, as well as the increases in costs for:

  • Power usage
  • Cost of chemicals and treatments supplies
  • Equipment
  • Transportation costs (fuel, insurance, repairs & maintenance)
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    Outstanding Trenton Residents

    Do you know someone who always goes out of their way to make your day a little brighter?

    How about a volunteer making adifference in our community?

    Do you think someone should be acknowledged for their great accomplishments?

    WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!

    We always love recognizing our Trenton businesses and supporting local. Now we want to recognize the people from Trenton! In 2022, we hope to celebrate a Trenton resident each month in the TrentonTalk newsletter as a way to promote people in our community for good deeds, volunteer service, an employee or neighbor who went out of their way, etc. This will be an on-going selection process with Town Administration choosing a new outstanding resident each month to highlight. 

    The Nomination process is now closed.

    OUTSTANDING TRENTON RESIDENTS!

    THANK YOU TRENTON!

    December 2022 marks the end of our Outstanding Trenton Resident celebrations. It was a great year recognizing so many outstanding people from our community for their good deeds, volunteer service, & generally making our Town a better place to live! We know there are many more outstanding people living in our community who were not mentioned this year. While nominations are now closed, we ask that you continue to tell your neighbours, family & friends how they are making your life and our Town better each and every day. Thank you Trenton! 

    Welcome Home to Pictou County Guide

    The “Welcome Home to Pictou County Guide: A community guide to the place we call home” was created through a partnership between Healthy Pictou County, the Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Tourism Association (DEANS), the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (REN), and the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce. It was also designed and printed locally by Advocate Printing. Funding was received from the Province of Nova Scotia for a large portion of this project, and we are excited to have it completed.

    This guide is a wonderful piece for people considering our area, those new to the area, and even those who grew up in Pictou County. Take a look, you might just find something new!

    Stop by the local Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library branches to view a hard copy of the guide they will have on reference or visit the Healthy Pictou County website for more information and to view the electronic version (also available below). Any questions or details on ordering your own print run, please email Nicole LeBlanc.

    Welcome Home to Pictou County Guide: a community guide to the place we call home

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