May 10, 2017
Present at the meeting were Chair of the Village Richard Roberts, Village Clerk-treasurer Erin Bradley, Commissioners Brian Morrison, Bill Marchant and Marilyn Morrison. Absent: Commissioner Philip Macrae. Wayne Ryan and Leo Fownes of Milebrook Estates Ltd. brought a proposal to Commission.
County Warden Bruce Morrison attended briefly to discuss his meeting on June 12 with Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD). The fire hall sits on land that is owned in part by the Village of Baddeck and in part by the Municipality. The fire department inquired of Morrison whether the Municipality would relinquish its interest in the property. The Warden will take the inquiry to next Council meeting. In the meantime, the Warden requested the Village discuss whether it would relinquish its portion of the property. The fire department can consolidate and take ownership of the property if the County and Village release their portions.
Public Works Supervisor Trudy Gillis presented the monthly water report. Gillis and her team continue maintenance and repairs of the water treatment plant.
The new summer hire attended the gas detection course and the air respirator course and is prepared for a man watch when plant clean-up commences.
A large water meter order was placed to replace meters frozen and broken over the winter. Steps are being taken to make meter reading easier.
The Village is up to date on all reports required by the Department of Environment.
All four lift stations have been cleaned and pumps replaced at Queen St. and Water St. lift stations with new grinder and pellers to prevent further clogging.
Static testing of wells for the Department of Environment has started. This needs to be done weekly up until November.
Gillis brought up the need for a Source Water Protection Plan meeting as required by the DOE.
Work will be done on the trails and look off on Kidston Landing.
Within the next two weeks Gillis and her team will take down the water treatment plant piece by piece for cleaning and repairs. She will be working on standard operating procedures to make any future cleaning easier.
Gillis is looking at installing a turbidity meter and a sampling port at the water treatment building on the raw water side to test water before chlorine is added. This will keep them in compliance if anything happens at the wells during the winter months and the wells can’t be reached.
Test kits have been ordered to begin lead testing in July. Baddeck will be the first Village in Nova Scotia to do this type of environmental test.
Gillis will soon broadcast ways to conserve water and continue educating the public about what not to put down drains. Entire face clothes and hand towels are being pulled out of pipes.
Bill Marchant pointed out that work needs to be done on the wharf. A light standard has fallen over and should be removed as well as the concrete post it sits on. Some of the cladding on the side of the wharf has come loose. A pontoon that detached from the small floating wharf used to maintain the Baddeck wharf must be retrieved.
Gillis asked for a list that outlines the scope of work to be done at the wharf.
Bills were reviewed and accepted by Commissioners.
Wayne Ryan and Leo Fownes of Milebrook Estates Ltd. proposed a partnership between the Village, the County and Milebrook Estates to run a new water line to a Queen Street property they have an option of purchasing. The Village will provide documents to the Eastern District Planning Commission and the County and continue to pursue an agreement with Milebrook Estates Ltd, the County and the Village concerning a water line.