JULY 2016
Town of Parrsboro Order of Dissolution 
Dissolution of Town of Parrsboro effective November 1, 2016
The Application for the Dissolution of the Town of Parrsboro was approved on June 15, 2016.

The Town shall be dissolved into the Municipality of the County of Cumberland effective November 1, 2016.

For more information about the Dissolution of the Town of Parrsboro, visit Parrsboro Dissolution.
Potential Canada Post  Labour Disruption
Find out various ways to pay your tax bill
As you may be aware, Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers "CUPW" may be on legal strike or lockout early July.  
Be advised that our Municipal Service Centres offer the following payment options for municipal tax bills:  
  • Counter payments by cash, debit or cheque at either the Upper Nappan or Springhill Service Centre;
  • Payable at most financial institutions (you can bring your bill into your local bank and they will send payment for you); or 
  • Online or telephone banking.  To set this up you will:
    • Go into your banking information;
    • Select add a payee;
    • Search for "Cumberland";
    • Select Cumberland Municipal Tax from the list;
    • Add your tax account number (six digit number that starts with a 6);
    • Make your payment.
Pugwash Water Update
Contracted awarded to Dexter Construction Company for transmission and distribution piping 
The tender for the supply installation of 20+ kilometres of transmissions and distribution piping to supply treated water to the Village of Pugwash was awarded to Dexter Construction on June 22, 2016. Further information about the Pugwash water system will be provided to Pugwash residents in July.
Municipal Open House & Travelling Council Session
Wednesday, July 20 - Tidnish Community Centre
The Municipality is holding a Council Session and Open House at the Tidnish Community Centre to provide residents in District 3 & surrounding area the opportunity to chat with municipal staff, their local Councillor, Warden Keith Hunter, as well as various County-wide organizations!  Learn more about programs and services across the County that are available to you!

Food and beverages will be provided

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tidnish Community Centre
Council Session: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Open House: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
JOHS Committee Hot Topics
Update from the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee
The JOHS Committee, consisting of municipal staff from Upper Nappan and Springhill, has been working hard to blend the two existing safety programs into one comprehensible Safety Program for the merged Municipality. 

For more information about the JOHS Committee please visit our website .
Staff Feature - Tax Revenue Officer
Jennifer Moore - Tax Revenue Officer

Jennifer runs the annual tax levy, answers questions regarding taxation, and also monitors the revenue stream from taxes collected and those outstanding.

Jennifer's responsibilities include:
  • Tax Bills and Inquiries

  • Low Income Tax Exemption Policy
  • Tax Sales
  • Supervising the Front Counter Staff
Cumberland Energy Authority Budget Approved 
2016/2017 budget approved
Cumberland Energy Authority Board of Directors, as well as the Councils of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and Town of Parrsboro passed their 2016/2017 budget on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The total budget was $554,500.

Of special note was an investment in the amount of approximately $290,000 in geothermal development for the Community of Springhill. This will further research and development of geothermal capacity and future exploration of the resource.

Another investment includes tidal power readiness of approximately $100,000. This pertains to land-use planning, investment, business and economic development.

Finally, following the success of the 2nd Annual Energy Symposium, the Cumberland Energy Authority will be hosting its 2nd Annual Energy Symposium on September 22nd & 23rd, 2016 at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill. Program details and registration opportunities will follow shortly.

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Council Session Dates
July 6 and 20
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of July during the following dates:

July 6
Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers - 2:30pm. 

July 20
Tidnish Community Centre - 2:30pm 

Are You Thinking of Running for Municipal Office?
Information about Municipal Election 2016
If you are interested in running for the October 2016 municipal election, please see Municipal Affair's guide which includes a Municipal Elections Handbook, information for candidates, as well as information about municipal elections.

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Cape Sharp Tidal Next Steps
Update on tidal turbines and the opening of the Parrsboro community office
Cape Sharp Tidal is taking the next step in turbine preparations. This week, the first turbine will transit to Halifax on the Scotia Tide barge so its steel subsea base can be ballasted with concrete, and make more space at the Pictou Shipyard to continue work on turbine 2. 

Last week, the group also opened a community office in Parrsboro to embed the project in the community, build on relationships already established and serve as a project information hub for local residents, municipal business owners and regional visitors. 

Grant Opportunities
New Horizons for Seniors Program
Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, research organizations and institutes, educational institutions, school boards/school districts, community-based coalitions, networks and for-profit organizations. 

Eligible applicants can receive up to $25,000 per year in grant funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
Now accepting applications for community-based projects funding until July 29, 2016. 
Enabling Accessibility Fund
Funding is now available to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace or community.
The EAF is accepting applications for funding from businesses and organizations through its Workplace Accessibility Stream and Community Accessibility Stream.
If you are a business with less than 100 employees or a community-based employer, you may be eligible for funding from the Workplace Accessibility Stream to help remove barriers to accessibility in your workplace through:
  • renovation;
  • construction;
  • retrofit activities; and
  • providing accessible workplace technologies.
Examples of eligible projects include installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office, securing voice-activated software or retrofitting washrooms to make them accessible. All projects funded must aim at creating and/or maintaining employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The Government of Canada will provide successful applicants with 65 percent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $50,000 per funded project.

Deadline is July 26, 2016.

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Opportunities in Cumberland County
Joggins Fossil Institute - Artist in Residence Programme 
The Joggins Fossil Institute is pleased to announce ArtScape an artist-in-residence programme . The residency benefits artists by providing the time, financial support and space to enable them to better focus on their work. In return the local area and Centre visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the artists thought studio visits, workshops and other public, outreach programming.
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, July 31, 2016

Visit Joggins Fossil Institute for more information
Happenings in Cumberland County
Register online now through Race Roster or Running Room:
2016 Report Card on Physical Activity 
The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Are Canadian kids too tired to move? 
This year's Report Card reveals sedentary lifestyles are connected to a creeping 'sleepidemic' among Canadian children and youth. Which is why for the first time, it assigns a grade to sleep and includes the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.

The ParticipACTION Report Card is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The Report Card synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer-reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 12 indicators.

To download the Highlight Report, including the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, the 76-page Full Report, and communications tools,  visit ParticipACTION's website. 

Have you Changed your Mailing Address? 
Change of Address Form

To notify the Municipality of a change in your mailing address please fill out our Request for Change of Address form.

Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office.

Municipal Website
Springhill Website Changes
The website for the former Town of Springhill has been discontinued. All municipal information concerning the Community of Springhill can be found on the Municipality's website.

Use our online tax payment system: