At the close of poll the election results are:
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft 286
Bryan Palfreyman 130
The Town is recruiting volunteers to serve on our Committees of Council. Please check out the Committees page on our website to learn about the committees, see past agendas and minutes, and to find both the recent Committee Recruitment Newsletter and the committee application.
The November 24, 2022 Council meeting has moved to an online meeting. Please join us on the Town's YouTube channel for the livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1IRlgVqIPM-QZqe4oZHuA.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has scheduled a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 to review the Town of Mahone Bay's rate increase application. To view a pdf of the notice, please visit https://www.townofmahonebay.ca/electric-utility.html.
NOTICE OF WATER MAIN FLUSHING
The Water Utility will be conducting routine water main flushing throughout the Town of Mahone Bay as follows:
9:00 PM to 6:00 AM - Tuesday November 15th, 2022
9:00 PM to 6:00 AM - Wednesday November 16th, 2022
9:00 PM to 6:00 AM - Thursday November 17th, 2022
What to expect:
• Reduced Water Pressure
• Discoloured Water
• Intermittent Service Disruption
What to Do:
• We recommend closing the main shut-off valve and water supply valve to hot water heaters; this will help avoid having discoloured water enter the hot water heater and help avoid having heating elements burn out.
• Consider turning off booster pumps during flushing to avoid equipment damage.
• Check for discoloured water prior to doing laundry or running the dishwasher. Suspended material causing the discolouration can permanently stain fabrics. To check, run a cold-water faucet, if discoloured water is present, flush your system by continuing to run a cold-water faucet until the water runs clear.
The Town of Mahone Bay regrets any inconvenience created during water main flushing. Water main flushing is a semi-annual maintenance procedure used to clean our water mains.
Please direct any questions or comments to the Town Office:
902 - 624 - 8327
NOTICE OF POLL AND ADVANCE POLL
A mobile poll will be set up at Mahone Nursing Home, 640 Main St, Mahone Bay for residents only on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
A polling station will be set up at the following location on the dates specified below for those qualified electors who need assistance that cannot be resolved via the HelpLine. Voting will be by INTERNET ONLY at this location.
The Town of Mahone Bay does not have polling divisions - it is one polling district. A list of streets and civic numbers in the Town of Mahone Bay is available for viewing at Town Hall, 493 Main St, Mahone Bay, NS during regular business hours Monday to Friday excluding holidays and weekends.
Dated at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia this 3rd day or November, 2022.
Leah Zinck, Returning Officer
Town of Mahone Bay
We have been advised that there will be a planned Nova Scotia Power outage for repairs on Monday, October 31st between 5:15am and 5:30am. This will create an outage for electric utility customers for that time period.
We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience as Nova Scotia Power completes necessary maintenance.
October 21, 2022
Mahone Bay Electrical Utility Applies for Rate Increase
The Mahone Bay Town Council has directed staff to apply to the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board for a significant increase in electrical rates for local electrical utility customers for the first time in nearly 15 years.
Rates charged by the Mahone Bay Electrical Utility, which serves Mahone Bay and part of neighboring Maders Cove, have remained comparably low for many years through a combination of tight management of operating costs – including resource-sharing with the Riverport Electric Light Commission – and postponement of investments in the distribution system. In collaboration with the towns of Berwick and Antigonish, Mahone Bay has developed wind resources accounting for over 40% of the community’s energy needs, complying with the Provincial Renewable Energy Standard. The Ellershouse Wind Farm – along with the community solar garden currently under construction – help to protect Mahone Bay Electrical Utility customers from increases in market rates for energy.
In the context of serious escalation of fuel prices in world markets the Town has sought the most affordable supply of energy for customers. After evaluating several alternatives, it was determined that the most appropriate basis for rate application to the Board would be the Nova Scotia Power rate for municipal customers, approved by the Board. This represents an estimated 37.2% increase in the price of electricity paid by the Mahone Bay Electrical Utility.
The Mahone Bay Electrical Utility cannot maintain its financial health and provide reliable service without adjusting rates to reflect the new reality of high market energy costs. Local utility customers receive superior service through excellent response times and quicker turn-arounds on electrical inspection requests. The Utility is also making up for postponing investments in the distribution system, budgeting for significant replacement and upgrading of older infrastructure including decommissioning of remaining transformers with PCBs.
With these factors considered, the Mahone Bay Town Council will request that the Board consider a rate increase of 34.8% (6.4% for internal cost increases since 2008 and the remainder due to the recent increase in market energy costs). Council has also directed staff to investigate options to assist rate payers experiencing financial hardship in the coming year as a result of increasing energy prices, and to explore a possible ramp-up of the Town’s existing HOME (Heat pump Options Made Easy) program to assist residents in converting away from fossil fuels for home heating.
The transition away from fossil fuels for heating and transportation, combined with our increasingly renewable energy supply, provides a pathway for stable customer rates and increased financial health for the Utility. The future is bright, but these next several years will be difficult as we remain exposed to volatile market prices.
Visit the Town of Mahone Bay website at www.townofmahonebay.ca and watch our YouTube channel for additional information on the rate application and the Board’s process to consider the request, as it becomes available.
Through to the end of November 2022, our electric utility will be replacing transformers that have reached the end of their life span, in various areas of Town. This work is scheduled to take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and will result in a power outage for the affected customers for approximately 2-3 hours. Affected customers will receive a phone call the Friday before their scheduled outage with the date and time of their expected outage.
If this work should need to be rescheduled due to weather, etc, those affected customers will receive a follow up phone call with the rescheduled date and time.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact Town staff at 902-624-8327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.