Members’ Update January 2019
We are pleased to provide you with an update on some of the KCA’s key activities over the past few months.
Water Quality Testing for Recreational Activities in Kings, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds 2017 & 2018
In October, the KCA completed a third round of 2018 water sampling and E. coli testing in Kings (Kingsburg) Hirtles and Romkey Ponds. These test results and those of testing undertaken by Coastal Action in 2017 show all three ponds had E. coli levels that were within acceptable government levels for all forms of water recreation. It is important to note this is for exposure through recreational use and not for drinking.
Why E. coli testing? For several decades, recreational water quality experts and Health Canada have recognized E. coli is the indicator of choice for fecal contamination in fresh recreational waters. While our test results are encouraging, definitive assurances on the safety of recreational use in the ponds are only possible through more extensive testing throughout the summer months (as is done on select beaches by the provincial government). KCA members are encouraged to use the KCA test results to inform their decision to use the ponds for water recreation.
The Environment Committee acknowledges the contribution of member Tim Sherin who provided the testing methodology knowledge, boat and trailer, and brawn to get the boat in and out of the water at testing sites. Thank-you Tim.
KCA plans to repeat E. coli testing in 2020. For more information, please refer to the full water testing report, “Water Quality Testing for Recreational Activities in Kings, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds 2017 & 2018”, which is available onthe KCA website www.kingsburg.info
Light Pollution in Kingsburg
The Environment Committee reached out to Kingsburg residents this fall to ask whether light pollution in our community is a problem and, if so, does it warrant a KCA response. A big thank-you to members who responded.
We heard from members who feel that lighting on some properties is intrusive - lighting is on all night, is very bright, and appears to be directed away from the property and into the community. Others want to see shading/light shields on select street lights to direct bright street lights onto the road rather into their homes. Members stressed that any assessment of lighting must take into consideration the needs of year-round Kingsburg residents.
The Environment Committee will be providing members with information on approaches to effective property lighting to provide safety and security, use energy efficiently, and minimize negative effects on human and nocturnal animals. The Committee will help any members who are interested to review existing street lighting and consider whether changes would be beneficial to them and their neighbours.
In addition, the Committee is in the very early stages of planning a community “stargazing” event so residents can enjoy the experience of Dark Skies in our area together.
High Water Level in Kings Pond and Associated Flooding on Kingsburg and Mosher Roads
In December 2018, Richard Brown, President of the KCA, wrote to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) on the recurring flood situation in Kingsburg resulting from uncontrolled water levels in Kings Pond and the failing drainage infrastructure. The letter stressed the damage to residential property (including damage to water treatment, heating and cooling equipment), inability to access Canada Post mailboxes, restricted pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and the damage to Kingsburg and Mosher Roads. The concern was raised that should this flooding coincide with a power outage, the impact could be dramatically increased.
The letter stated the KCA’s expectation that action will be taken this winter by the DOTIR to develop and implement a long-term solution for Kingsburg in time to avoid a repeat of flooding in the spring. We will keep members updated on developments.
Internet Divide Team
At the August 2018 AGM we advised members that the Internet Divide Team, along with the MODL and Eastlink, was preparing to make an application for funding to the $193 million Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust as soon as the province called for applications. Later, the province decided that applications for internet infrastructure would have to come from ISPs and municipalities. Develop Nova Scotia, a crown corporation, on behalf of the Trust, is leading the implementation strategy.
Clarification regarding the application for funding process has recently been provided. The Team is extremely disappointed with the time lines. On January 18, 2019 representatives from the Internet Divide Team, Sharon Chisholm, Duncan Maclennan, Katherine Cumming, Robert Cumming, and Brian Tretheway, along with Dave Waters of MODL, met with Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, our MLA, to discuss concerns regarding the process and the time li
While we had hoped for the availability of high-speed internet service early in 2019, it now appears that optimistically itould be sometime in 2020 or even a year or two beyond that. Consequently, the Team asked Suzanne Lohnes-Croft to try to set up a meeting for us with Develop Nova Scotia to directly discuss our concerns. Meanwhile, Sharon Chisholm is keeping Bernadette Jordan, our MP, updated on developments through staff at her local constituency office. Because Jordan was recently appointed Minister of Rural Economic Development, she has been busy setting up her office and will not be available to meet with the Team for a few months.
Finally, we would like to remind you to hold the date for the KCA’s AGM on Saturday, August 10, 2019.
Water Quality Testing for Recreational Activities in Kings, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds 2017 & 2018
In October, the KCA - with professional and operational support from limnologist and Kingsburg resident Tim Sherin - completed a third round of 2018 water sampling and E. coli testing in Kings, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds.
The results of the three 2018 tests and testing undertaken by Coastal Action in 2017 are summarized in the table below. The test results indicate that on the test dates all three ponds had E. coli levels that were within acceptable government levels for all forms of water recreation. It is important to note this is for exposure through recreational use and not for drinking.
In 2017, the KCA decided it would be helpful for residents to have information on the water quality in Kingsburg community ponds. In the fall of 2017 a broad range of testing for E. coli, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus was done by Coastal Action. Due to cost constraints and 2017 findings that the ponds were “generally healthy”, testing in 2018 was limited to determining the presence and extent of E. coli.
KCA 2018 sampling sites were chosen to repeat the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation’s (Coastal Action) 2017 testing (middle of pond and at outflow). Samples were taken just below the surface. Water samples were then tested through the laboratory facilities of the Bridgewater Hospital.
Why E. coli testing? For several decades, recreational water quality experts and Health Canada have recognized E. coli is the indicator of choice for fecal contamination in fresh recreational waters. Health Canada’s guideline for E. coli for “safe” primary contactis < 400 CFU/100 mL and for secondary contactis < 1000 CFU/100mL. .
Coastal Action testing in September 2017 found that E. coli concentrations were very low in all three ponds and that these results indicated that “the ponds do not pose a risk to human health during all forms of water recreation”. KCA sampling done in 2018 found similar test results. However, definitive assurances on the safety of recreational use would require ongoing monitoring throughout the summer months as is done on select beaches by the provincial government. KCA members can use this information to inform their decision to use the ponds for water recreation.
The KCA plans to repeat E. coli testing in 2020.
The Board approved a budget of $1380.00 for 2018 testing across the three ponds. The actual expenditure was$800.00 for tests done in July, August and October. The budget allowed for two post rainfall tests; only one was done due to dry weather.
The Environment Committee acknowledges the contribution of Tim Sherin to the water quality testing. Tim provided the testing methodology knowledge, the boat and trailer, and the brawn to get the boat in and out of the water at testing sites. Thank you Tim.
Report prepared by the KCA Environment Committee – November 2018
Also known as Kingsburg Pond
E. coli is used as an indicator of fecal contamination in the environment.
KCA samples analyzed at Bridgewater Hospital
Test 3 was undertaken after a significant rainfall amount
Analysed at Maxxam Analytics Bedford
The zero fecal reading might be explained by the inflow of sea water which creates a saline environment not conducive to E. coli growth
ND= not detected-<10
Primary contact includes activities in which the whole body or the face and trunk are frequently immersed or the face is frequently wetted by spray and where it is likely that some water will be swallowed (Health Canada).
Secondary contact includes activities in which only the limbs are regularly wetted and in which greater contact is unusual (Health Canada).
OCEARCH WHITE SHARK RESEARCH OFF HIRTLE’S BEACH AND WEST IRONBOUND ISLAND -
See Scotty Sherin’s article in Surf Magazine: https://sbcsurf.com/the-great-white-shark-de-bait/
Also see Jay Muise’s letter to the editor in Lighthouse Now dated on October 17, 2018 - https://lighthousenow.ca/papers/PB_20181017.pdf. Click on the link and go to page 4 to see his letter.
KCA Members’ Update Plus KCA Members’ Directory
The KCA’s AGM 2018, held on August 11th, was another outstanding success with about 100 attendees. KCA President Richard Brown welcomed Councillor Reid Whynot, District 9, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), who was in attendance.
President Brown encouraged members to read the KCA’s Annual Report of Directors 2017/18 for a summary of the year’s activities. The Annual Report is posted on the KCA’s website at www.kingsburg.info. Reports were then provided by the Communications, Membership, Finance & Accounting, Nominations, Road, Environment, and Local History Committees.
Retiring Board members Kathey Moore, David Murphy and Jim Wooder were thanked for their service to the Board. The slate of Directors elected for 2-year terms were Richard Brown, Avy Dolgoy, and Heather McAllister, who were re-elected, and new Directors Michael Arnoldi, Ted Wilkins and Dan Wilson. (Directors with a remaining 1-year term are Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Anne Fouillard, Carole-Anne Mosher, Ted Price and Debora Walsh.)
Following adjournment of the AGM, a Future Activities Discussion was held for attendees to raise issues of concern for consideration by the Board of Directors in the coming year. The event concluded with a very informative presentation by member Steve Herzig on ticks and Lyme disease.
We would like to thank Anne Fouillard and John Duckworth for again hosting the event at the barn.
Further information on the AGM 2018 can be found in the Draft Minutes which are available on the KCA’s website at www.kingsburg.info. The review and approval of the Minutes by members will occur at next year’s AGM on August 10, 2019. A summary of the issues identified during the Future Activities Discussion and the Board’s responses are also posted on the website.
KCA Officers 2018/19
At the first Board meeting following the AGM the following Officers were re-elected for a 1-year term:
Richard Brown, President
Sharon Chisholm, Vice-President
Avy Dolgoy, Treasurer
Anne Fouillard, Corporate Secretary
KCA membership continues to increase. We now have 123 members (as of October 13) representing households in all of Kingsburg’s neighbourhoods.
The Committees, names of Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs and Committee Members for the coming year are:
Membership Committee, Co-Chairs: Annette Campbell and Ted Wilkins, John Duckworth, Kathey Moore, Carole-Anne Mosher, Tim Sherin
Finance & Accounting Committee, Chair: Ted Price, Richard Brown, Toon Nagtegaal
Communications Committee, Co-Chairs: Anne Fouillard and Heather McAllister
Nominations Committee, Chair: Richard Brown, Carole-Anne Mosher
Road Committee, Co-Chairs: Carole-Anne Mosher and Dan Wilson, Michael Arnoldi, John Duckworth, Sharon Chisholm
Environment Committee, Chair: Debora Walsh, Michael Arnoldi, Annette Campbell, Anne Foster, Diana Pepall, Ted Price
History Committee, Chair: Carole-Anne Mosher, Terry Greenlaw, Bill McGillivray, Dave Murphy, Cameron Pulsifer, Dan Wilson
We would like to invite KCA members who would like to participate on a Committee to contact Richard Brown (email@example.com) who will pass the information along to the appropriate Committee Chair.
KCA Members’ Directory 2018/19
In July we published the first KCA Members’ Directory 2017/18. We have received very positive feedback from members about the Directory. At this year’s AGM we advised that it would be updated and circulated in the fall. We plan to get the new Directory out to members in early November.
The purpose of the Directory is to facilitate communication and interaction between members. It is for the use of KCA members only and Directory information is not to be shared with non-members or used for unintended purposes. The KCA, however, cannot control how the information may be used or disseminated once published.
If you participated in the 2017/18 Directory the information you provided then will be included in the Members’ Directory 2018/19 unless you request that the information be revised or removed. This means that you do not need to complete the Participation Form more than once if nothing has changed and you remain a member.
We would now like to invite all members who were not included in the first Directory to complete and sign the attached form and return it by October 31 to:
· Tim Sherin by email firstname.lastname@example.org
· any KCA Board member.
TO APPLY, PLEASE Print THE FOLLOWING FORM by clicking on the button below and scan it or email it to TIM SHERIN OR A BOARD MEMBER
NEW UPDATE ON TICKS
Here are important links on ticks for our members.The first two are from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the other is from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
Attached you will find links to recent public information on Blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease. In addition, Dr. Steve Herzig who specializes in ticks will be speaking on this topic at the August 11th AGM.
If you want to see what the bad tick looks like - click on the Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/538893803/posts/10156610432838804/
Dog poop management in the village
This summer the KCA is installing pick up your dog poop signs throughout the village. Note the message below which was on the MODL site. So not only is picking up your dog waste an imperative, so is leashing your dog.
from the municipality of the district of lunenburg (MODL)
Calling all Responsible Dog Owners
It’s the time of year when people enjoy getting outside and walking with their dogs and family.
A couple things that can turn this pleasant adventure into a misadventure is for you or your family member to step in dog waste or have another dog approach you, your dog or family member.
Dog owners are reminded that the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Dog By-law requires dog owners to pick up their dog’s waste and to have their dog under their control. The best way to have your dog under your control when they are in a public place or around other people and animals is to have them on a leash.
A natural misconception is that dog waste is natural fertilizer. Dog waste is high in nitrogen and phosphorus and other disease-causing bacteria and parasites that are harmful to the environment, humans and other animals. Make this a good summer and be a responsible dog owner by cleaning up your dog’s waste and having them under your control in public places.
Here's the information compiled on the issue for the Board of Directors - it is irrefutable. If you'd like the sources, please contact someone on the Board and they will provide the information to you:
DOG POOP SIGNS
· To educate dog owners and others about the personal responsibility of taking care of dog waste in the village.
· To ensure that basic pet waste management practices be in place to protect residents’ health, property values and the environment.
IT IS THE LAW OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG (MODL)
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) By-Law Respecting Dogs – Clause 9e, notes that “the owner of a dog …. which fails to remove the dog’s defecation from public property or private property other than the owner’s….is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding one thousand dollars and in default of payment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty (30 days)”. (By-laws of MODL)
“Dog owners are reminded that the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Dog By-law requires dog owners to pick up their dog’s waste and to have their dog under their control. The best way to have your dog under your control when they are in a public place or around other people and animals is to have them on a leash. (MODL website)
The average dog excretes three-fourths of a pound of waste per day — or 274 pounds of waste per year, about the same amount as an average human being. Assuming we have 20 dogs in the village – that would amount to 2.75 tons of dog poop contaminating our space and more so in summer. We’re concerned about our lakes – then so should we be concerned about dog feces on our roads, trails and paths because this waste because – ultimately - it ends up in our waters.
Dog poop is an environmental pollutant contaminatingthe water supply.
It is a serious health issue as it is estimated that 1/3 of all water contamination is a result of dog waste run off entering streams and leaching into underground well water. Disease from dog waste can spread to other dogs, children and adults.
Picking up dog waste is a health imperative. Picking up after your dog helps reduce the likelihood of its fecal bacteria ending up in an increasingly contaminated water supply. Considering dog feces are common carriers of nasty things like heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella, and E. coli, it’s pretty important to curb your dog!
Using a biodegradable doggie bag isn’t enough. Dog feces don’t disappearjust because you’ve tossed them either in your garbage or in the bushes. They’re going to the landfill or blighting the environment.
You can compost dog poop, just not with your normal compost bin - you can compost your dog waste in your backyard. Composting dog waste correctly neutralizes the enzymes, creating a by-product that can be used as manure or mulch on your non-edible plants. This means dog poop cannot merely put dog poop in the usual compost container. A separate composting receptacle is needed. In an effort to inspire home dog-composting receptacles, here are a few excellent tutorials from the USDAand savvy dog ownerson how to build your dog’s very own composting system.
The best removal method for dog poop is to flush it just like we humans do. EPAsays it’s the most ecologically friendly removal method. There are several water-soluble bags on the market to safely flush.
June 11th update
AGM Date Change
Please note that this year's AGM will be held on Saturday, August 11th starting at 10am at the Duckworth Real Estate Barn. Details regarding the agenda and arrangements will be sent closer to the date.
2018/19 Membership Fees
The annual individual membership fee for 2018/19 is $50. The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31.
Membership fees are payable by the following means:
e-transfer to email@example.com made payable to the Kingsburg Community Association and mailed to Treasurer, Kingsburg Community Association c/o 963 Kingsburg Beach Road, RR#1, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2X0cash or cheque at the AGM
KCA Members' Directory
This is a reminder that if you wish to participate in the first KCA Members' Directory, please sign and complete the attached form and return it by June 15th to:
Tim Sherin at 52 Hirtle Beach Road, Kingsburg or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org any KCA Board member (Richard Brown, Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Avy Dolgoy, Anne Fouillard, Heather McAllister, Kathey Moore, Carole-Anne Mosher, Dave Murphy, Ted Price, Debora Walsh, Jim Wooder)
hear, hear -
all members - please join the directory
May 29, 2018
Dear KCA Member,
It is with pleasure that we ask you to participate in the KCA Members’ Directory. The purpose of the Directory is to facilitate communication and interaction between members.
The Directory will be for the use of KCA members only, and we hope that most, if not all, of you will participate.
Our plan is to create the first Directory and provide it to all KCA members by early summer. It will be updated following this year’s Annual General Meeting and re-circulated to members in the fall.
Only the information that you provide on this form will be included in the Directory.
While KCA members will be advised not to share Directory information with non-members or use it for unintended purposes, the KCA cannot control how the information may be used or disseminated once published.
The information will not be used by the KCA for any commercial, marketing, fundraising, solicitation or other purpose.
To participate in the first Directory, please sign and complete this form and return it by June 15to:
Tim Sherin at 52 Hirtle Beach Road, Kingsburg (drop off after June 1st) or by email to email@example.com OR
any KCA Board member*
KCA Membership Committee
(Annette Campbell, John Duckworth, Kathey Moore, Carole-Anne Mosher, Tim Sherin)
* KCA Board members: Richard Brown, Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Avy Dolgoy, Anne Fouillard, Heather McAllister, Kathey Moore, Carole-Anne Mosher, Dave Murphy, Ted Price, Debora Walsh, Jim Wooder
Kca Board update may 2018
We are pleased to report that over the past few months we have been able to move forward on a number of initiatives and issues. But before providing some updates, we want to remind you that full reports from all of the KCA’s committees will be provided at this summer’s AGM.
Hold the date! The KCA’s third AGM will be held on the morning of Saturday, August 11th at the Duckworth Real Estate Barn (DATE CONFIRMED). Details regarding the agenda and arrangements will be provided in a few weeks.
The Internet Committee has been actively engaging with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), Eastlink and representatives and officials from the federal and provincial governments to garner support and funding to close the remaining gaps in high-speed internet service in the village in the following three areas: Hirtle Beach Road, Old Cemetery Road, Mackay Hill Lane; Kingsburg Beach Road to Hell’s Point; and Middle Road to Rose Head.
Eastlink provided estimates for the installation of high-speed cable for all three neighbourhoods and indicated that it is willing to make a contribution at this point in time to the cost for the first two areas. In the spring Eastlink decided to move ahead with providing service to the residents of Kingsburg Beach Road to Hell’s Point, and the residents of this area agreed to provide their share of the costs. High-speed internet is anticipated to be available to this area by early- to mid-summer.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has announced a new $120 million arm’s length trust fund which will work with the private sector to bring high-speed internet to rural areas, and could be used to fund high-speed internet in areas where companies may say there is no business case for it.
The KCA is developing a proposal for funding from the trust to help to cover the costs of closing the high-speed internet service gaps in the village.
Flooding of Kingsburg Road from Kingsburg Pond
Road Committee members met in Kingsburg with Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) staff to review concerns regarding flooding and repair of Kingsburg Beach Road and Mosher Road, maintenance of Kingsburg Pond water levels in the summer, and replacement of the damaged grate/grill on the pipe leading from the ocean located at the north end of Kingsburg Beach Road which poses a safety hazard. We are pleased to report that the grate has been replaced by DOTIR and the Road Committee will continue to work with the department on solutions to the other problems.
Water Quality in Ponds
In November 2017 we provided the findings of the September water quality monitoring in Kingsburg, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds undertaken by the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (Coastal Action) on behalf of the KCA. The KCA Board met with Coastal Action in December to discuss the report and options for further monitoring. The KCA’s Environment Committee has developed a plan to determine levels of E. coli and total coliform bacteria, particularly following heavy rains, and to monitor changes over time. The plan provides for trained KCA members to collect water samples at two sites for each pond on two assigned days and following two major rainstorms between June and October. The samples will be tested through the Bridgewater Hospital for measures/extent (not just presence) of E. coli and total coliform. In the fall the KCA will determine next steps based on the test results.
Hirtle’s Beach and Road Work
The winter storms have damaged the boardwalk and benches at Hirtle's Beach. We have been in touch with staff at MODL to see if there is any further work they plan in and around the parking lot this summer. The storms that were so hard on Hirtle’s have had a similar impact on other provincial beaches. At Hirtle’s, MODL is responsible for the parking lot, toilets and the boardwalk, while the provincial departments of Natural Resources and Environment have responsibility for ocean frontage. These groups have generally decided that it is not productive to try to change the effects of Mother Nature, i.e., the beaches of Nova Scotia will continue to change and we can’t stop that. MODL for its part wants to have a more detailed look into how to address the boardwalk. Should they continue to repair it, move it farther inland, change it in some way? Heavy equipment cannot be used in sensitive areas along the beach, especially the eroding dunes, making repairs to the boardwalk difficult.
MODL would like to convene a broader discussion that would include the provincial ministries and the community to look at what, if any, actions would make sense. We will continue to work closely with MODL and provincial departments as these discussions emerge.
In the meantime, MODL plans to remove the canteen this summer and possibly widen the access/egress point in the parking lot, thereby reducing some of the congestion at this point.
We remain optimistic that the Upper Kingsburg Road will be repaired soon but have no formal commitment from the Province at this point.
The Local History Committee is planning to record interviews with senior community residents to capture their memories of the history of Kingsburg and Upper Kingsburg
KCA Members’ Directory
At last year’s AGM a number of members proposed that they would like to have a membership directory to help members connect with each other. We are excited to advise that you will receive an email in a few days about the KCA Members’ Directory and how to have your information included in it. Participation in the Directory is voluntary, and we plan to distribute the Directory to members by the beginning of July.
KCA Board of Directors
November 17, 2017
Report on Water Quality Monitoring in Kingsburg, Hirtles, and Romkey Ponds
In response to KCA members’ concerns tabled at the August 2016 Kingsburg Community Association (KCA) AGM, the Board decided to test the quality of the water in the Kingsburg, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds. To ensure a professional and independent assessment, the Board engaged Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (Coastal Action) to undertake the water quality testing.
Coastal Action’s sampling of the ponds was done on September 1, 2017. The report was submitted to the KCA Board and has been reviewed and accepted.
Supported by KCA members Ted Price, John Duckworth and Richard Brown, Coastal Action collected water samples and in situ water quality data from two locations in each of Kingsburg, Hirtles, and Romkey Ponds. Samples were analysed at an accredited laboratory for E. coli, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus and compared to established guidelines.
Key Report Findings
In considering the findings of the report the reader should be aware that the results are based on limited tests: two locations in each pond on one day. A more definitive statement on the health of the ponds would require additional, and in some cases, ongoing monitoring. Readers wanting further details on this assessment should read the entire report which can be found on under the Projects and Reports tab.
· All three ponds are generally healthy with Hirtles Pond appearing to be the healthiest of the three
· On the test day, E. Coli levels were within acceptable levels for all forms of water recreation
· Dissolved oxygen concentrations meet the guidelines for protecting the health of aquatic organisms
· While levels are within guidelines, there is some evidence of nutrient loading in Kingsburg and Romkey Ponds. Excessive nitrogen (important for brackish water) and total phosphorous (important for fresh water) can impact oxygen depletion.
Particular to Kingsburg Pond
· Water is slightly brackish
· Pond exhibits some signs of cultural eutrophication (resulting from human activities); excessive nutrient loading is a concern
· Significant plant biomass does pose risk to dissolved oxygen levels which could lead to fish kills and unpleasant odours
· Total phosphorus did not exceed established guidelines
· Nitrogen concentrations, while elevated, did not exceed the guideline
· The pond does display signs of excessive nutrient loading
Particular to Hirtles Pond
· Water is slightly brackish
· Total phosphorus and nitrogen did not exceed established guidelines
Particular to Romkey Pond
· Water is fresh
· Total phosphorus is elevated
· Nitrogen concentration is approaching an exceedance
Coastal Action has made recommendations for protecting the water quality and habitat health of Kingsburg, Hirtles and Romkey Ponds. These include very specific actions to reduce nutrient loading (e.g. investigation of malfunctioning septic systems and use of straight pipe systems), additional testing for bacteria in the summer months to monitor quality, and eliminating the use of chemicals and fertilizers (see full report for detailed list).
Next Steps for KCA
· The KCA Board will meet with Coastal Action in December to review their findings in detail and then develop a KCA action plan. Once that action plan is decided, we will share it with KCA members.
Ted Price and Debora Walsh
This year’s Annual General Meeting, held on August 19, 2017 was an outstanding success with members filling the Duckworth’s barn to the rafters. Carole-Anne Mosher, the KCA’s first President, received a warm thank-you for her leadership and efforts at strengthening the community. Meeting proceedings included the presentation of the Directors’ Annual Report and reports by the Communications, Membership, Finance and Accounting, Nominations, Road and Environment Committees.
Officials and staff of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), including Councillor Reid Whynot who attended the AGM, and the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) were thanked for their cooperation in the many meetings that were held with the KCA’s Road Committee and for the improvements to Hirtle’s Beach Road.
We would like to thank Anne Fouillard and John Duckworth for hosting the event and Barb Knowlton (B By The Sea) who donated coffee, tea and treats.
Further information on this year’s AGM can be found in the Draft AGM Minutes which are available on the KCA’s website at www.kingsburg.info. The review and approval of the Minutes by members will occur at next year’s AGM on August 18, 2018.
Following adjournment of the AGM, Chief Craig Cook, Riverport and District Fire Department, gave a presentation on fire safety and a forum on Future Activities was held to identify actions the KCA could pursue to improve the lives of residents of Kingsburg and Upper Kingsburg.
KCA Directors 2017/18
The members of this year’s Board of Directors are Richard Brown, Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Avy Dolgoy, Anne Fouillard, Heather McAllister, Kathey Moore, Carole-Anne Mosher, Dave Murphy, Ted Price, Debora Walsh and Jim Wooder. We would like to welcome Annette and Debora who joined the Board this year.
At the first meeting of the Board following the AGM the following officers were elected:
Richard Brown, President
Sharon Chisholm, Vice-President
Avy Dolgoy, Treasurer
Anne Fouillard, Corporate Secretary
We are very pleased to report that KCA membership has continued to increase and now stands at 109, including many new residents of Kingsburg. The membership represents a significant proportion of the households in our community and reflects the support for the KCA and its objectives to improve and strengthen the community.
The KCA Committees, names of Committee Chairs, and key activities for the coming year are:
· Membership Committee - Kathey Moore
o Contact new area residents to welcome them to the community and provide information regarding the KCA
o Increase the level of KCA membership
o Develop a directory of members for use by members
· Finance and Accounting Committee – Ted Price
o Provide financial oversight to the organization
· Communications Committee – Heather McAllister
o Provide information on a timely basis to members regarding the activities of the KCA and issues related to the objectives of the KCA
o Investigate solutions to the internet service issue
o Enhance the KCA website to provide more information of interest to members
· Local History Committee – Dave Murphy
o Identify, collect and make available information on the history of Kingsburg and Upper Kingsburg
· Road Committee – Sharon Chisholm
o Monitor the maintenance and safety of area roads and work with government officials and staff to promote improvements
· Nominations Committee – Carole-Anne Mosher
o Seek and nominate qualified candidates for election to the Board
· Environment Committee – Ted Price and Debora Walsh
o Follow-up on the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation Report on water quality in the three large ponds
o Monitor research regarding Japanese Knotweed
o Organize another Litter Pick-Up Day
o Investigate practical ways to reduce light pollution
o Raise awareness regarding animal waste on walking trails
o Raise awareness regarding tick bites and the risk of Lyme Disease
o Improve access to Hirtle’s Beach while minimizing the impact of traffic on the dunes
Almost thirty members are active on the Committees. Members who are interested in joining Committees are encouraged to contact Richard Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org who will pass the information along to the appropriate Committee Chair.
At the first meeting of the new Board of Directors the numerous issues identified during the post-AGM Future Activities Discussion were reviewed. The following issues/concerns have been assigned to Committees for further consideration:
· Boardwalk maintenance and access for the physically disabled – Road Committee
· Bedford Institute of Oceanography study of Hirtle’s Beach – Environment Committee
· Follow-up on Hirtle’s Beach Parking Lot problems – Road Committee
· Establishment of KCA Membership Directory – Membership Committee
· Flooding of Kingsburg Road from Kingsburg Pond – Road and Environment Committees
· Dog waste problem – Environment Committee
· Speed of vehicles on community roads – Road Committee
· Awareness of Provincial Fire Burning Notices – Communications Committee
Water Quality in Ponds
At the AGM Ted Price advised that the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (Coastal Action) had been contracted by the KCA to test the water quality of Kingsburg, Hirtle and Romkey Ponds primarily due to concerns regarding possible bacterial contamination and safety of recreational users. On September 1, 2017 Coastal Action collected water samples and water quality data from the three ponds with the assistance of KCA members. The KCA Board is currently reviewing Coastal Action’s report on the findings and further information on the report will be made available in the near future.
Litter Pick-Up Day
The KCA’s first Litter Pick-Up Day took place on August 31st. Twenty-three volunteers picked up litter along Kingsburg Road, Upper Kingsburg Road, Hirtle’s Beach Road and Kingsburg Beach. Working in small teams they filled sixteen large garbage bags in just one hour. The top prize for collection of unusual items went to the father-daughter team of Bill and Ally Jack, and Barb Knowlton, Mary Bewley and Pippa Brown were prize winners as well. We would like to acknowledge Deborah Kennedy Brown for organizing the event, and to thank the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Community Recycling Program for providing collection bags, plastic gloves, and MODL Earth Day Stickers. See photos below:
On October 4th the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) held the second public community meeting concerning the proposed expansion of the Hirtle’s Beach Parking Lot and paving of Hirtle’s Beach Road. Trudy Payne, Director of Recreation Services, MODL, facilitated the meeting. Additional MODL staff were in attendance, as well as District Councillor Reid Whynot. Glenn Strang represented the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR). Five KCA Board members attended the meeting. Trudy Payne advised that the MODL will not be expanding the the Hirtle’s Beach Parking Lot. Glenn Strang confirmed plans to repave Upper Kingsburg Road within the next two years.
Since the community meeting the DOTIR has posted 50km speed limit signs and painted a yellow line down the middle of Hirtle’s Beach Road. No Parking signs will be posted on one side of the road near Hirtle’s Beach before next summer. The MODL plans to remove the vacant Gladee’s Canteen. The KCA will continue to monitor developments and provide input to the MODL and DOTIR to support and improve public and resident safety in relation to area roads and parking for Hirtle’s Beach.
The KCA will be meeting with local MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft later this month and has requested a meeting with MP Bernadette Jordan regarding the lack of adequate internet in our community and to obtain their commitment to support our efforts. We will continue to work with Dave Waters of MODL who has been a very helpful advisor on this matter.
Since our last members’ update in January, the KCA’s committees have been busily working on their areas of focus. Full reports from each of the Committees will be provided at this summer’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). In the meantime, we have some exciting news and updates.
Hold the date! The KCA’s second AGM will be held on the morning of Saturday, August 19th at the Duckworth Real Estate Barn. Details regarding the agenda and arrangements will follow in a few weeks.
KCA annual membership renewals for 2017/2018 are underway. Expect to receive an email from Avy Dolgoy, Treasurer, in the next couple of weeks.
Check out the stunning photos that have been recently added to our website at http://www.kingsburg.info. We will be reviewing the utilization of the website by members and how to improve it as a resource over the coming weeks.
To maintain and build on the good relationships established with local government officials and staff in our first year, the KCA has arranged to meet with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s (MODL) new Mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, as well as Reid Whynot, Councillor District 9, and Trudy Payne, Recreation Director, on June 26.
Access to consistent, reliable, high-speed internet has been a concern to many members and area residents. The KCA has learned that Xplornet (www.xplornet.com), a rural satellite broadband service provider, plans to launch a satellite towards the end of August with service available to all of Nova Scotia, including Kingsburg, by the beginning of 2018. (The KCA is not affiliated with Xplornet in any way and this notice is provided as information only and is to be used by our members accordingly.)
We are happy to report that as new residents join our community, the Membership Committee will be arranging to meet with them in person to introduce them to the KCA and invite them to join.
After listening to your concerns about the condition of area roads and emergency vehicle access and peak time parking issues at Hirtle’s Beach, the KCA Road Committee has met regularly since last summer with MODL and the province. In our January update to members we reported that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) had advised that Hirtle’s Beach Road was on DOTIR’s priority list for 2017. We understand that re-paving of Hirtle’s Beach Road will be starting soon.
For all those interested, the MODL and DOTIR are hosting a meeting at the Riverport Community Center on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 pm to provide adjacent land owners and interested residents an update on road improvements taking place this year and to present a conceptual design for changes to the Hirtle’s Beach parking area planned for next year.
To support and maintain our beautiful environment, the KCA will be organizing a litter clean-up day for members and area residents during the summer. More news will follow on arrangements.
We look forward to seeing you at our AGM.