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Updates

The Kingsburg Community Association invites all members to our fourth Annual General Meeting which will be held:

 

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00am

Where: The Duckworth Real Estate Barn, 963 Kingsburg Road

 

The doors will open at 9:00am. Please join us for coffee, tea and muffins prepared by B By The Sea prior to the meeting.

 

A Membership Table will be available for those wishing to renew existing memberships or become new members for 2019/20.

 

For the first time the annual membership fee of $50.00 covers the memberships of all individuals in a household who wish to be members - a registered property owner, their spouse and children - or residents who have lived in Kingsburg for a period of six months within the calendar year immediately prior to the application, who are a minimum of 19 years of age.

 

Membership fees are payable by the following means:

· e-transfer to kingsburgcommunityassociation@gmail.com, OR

· cheque made payable to the Kingsburg Community Association and

o mailed to Treasurer, Kingsburg Community Association, c/o 1141 Kingsburg Road, RR#1, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J2X0, OR

o delivered to Avy Dolgoy who can be contacted at 902-766-0224 or at kingsburgcommunityassociation@gmail.com, OR

· cash payment to Avy Dolgoy or to the Co-Chairs of the Membership Committee, Ted Wilkins and Annette Campbell, OR

· cash or cheque at the AGM

 

Nominations for new Directors should be sent to Carole-Anne Mosher, Chair, Nominations Committee (camosher@eastlink.caOR 902-766-4842) prior to July 26.

 

AGM Agenda 10:00am – 10:35am

 

1. Welcome and Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes of 2018 AGM (below)

3. Annual Report of Directors

4. Committee Reports

· Communications Committee

· Membership Committee

· Finance and Accounting Committee

o Treasurer’s Report 2018/2019

· Nominations Committee

o Election of 2019/2020 Directors

· Road Committee

· Environment Committee

· Local History Committee

5. Adjournment of AGM

 

10:35am - 11:00am - Future Activities Discussion


11:00am – 11:15am – Screening of a sample from interviews of residents from the original families who settled Kingsburg. This is part of the long-term project by KCA members Bill MacGillivray and Terry Greenlaw to produce a digital record capturing the memories and recollections of residents which, along with photos and old videos, will show the long, colourful and vital history of Kingsburg residents and community.

KINGSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

AUGUST 11, 2018

DRAFT MINUTES

9:00-10:00am: Informal Meet & Greet

10:00am Welcome & Call to Order

Kingsburg Community Association (KCA) President, Richard Brown (RB), asked Corporate Secretary, Anne Fouillard, to confirm that a quorum was met. Anne confirmed that a quorum was met with about 100 people in attendance, mostly members.

RB called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Kingsburg Community Association. He noted that the agenda was sent to all members by email with the notice of the meeting on July 10th.

RB explained that all Kingsburg residents are welcome to attend the AGM, but only paid up members can vote. He welcomed Reid Whynot, Councillor District 9, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL). He also thanked John Duckworth and Anne Fouillard for hosting the AGM again this year in the Duckworth Real Estate barn.

Approval of Minutes of KCA AGM of 2017

Anne Fouillard presented the draft minutes of the 2017 AGM and asked if there were any additions or corrections.

A member asked about the reference in the 2017 draft Minutes to the Board recommending that the MODL proceed with improving the organization of the (Hirtle’s Beach) parking lot by marking spaces and increasing the number of spaces while paying attention to any environmental issues that may arise. RB replied that the KCA did not recommend to MODL that the number of spaces be increased. A Corporate Secretary’s Note to the 2017 AGM Minutes states that “Following the (2017) AGM and based on feedback from members, the Road Committee will continue to provide input to the MODL on its plans regarding the Hirtle’s Beach parking lot with the primary focus on public safety.”

Motion: That the Minutes of KCA AGM 2017 be approved as presented, with Corporate Secretary’s Note

Moved: Ann Foster

Seconded: Carole-Anne Mosher

Motion Carried

Annual Report of Directors 2017/18

RB advised that the Annual Report of Directors 2017/2018 will be available soon to members on the KCA website. Therefore, he decided not to provide an overview of the report to allow more time for the committee chairs to report on their activities.

RB then called on committee chairs to report on their activities.

Committee Reports

Communications Committee

Heather McAllister, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee with Anne Fouillard, gave a report of the committee's work, thanked Anne for her work on the website and encouraged everyone to visit the website at www.kingsburg.info.

Heather introduced Sharon Chisholm, who has been the head of the Internet Divide Team, to provide an update on this issue. Sharon Chisholm provided an update on the work of the team. She advised that they are planning to make an application for funding, along with the MODL and Eastlink, to the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust as soon as the Province calls for applications. Funding for the installation of high-speed internet service may come from MODL, the Trust and the residents themselves. The hope is that by next year the village will be fully wired, but it is too early in the process to say with any certainty.

Membership Committee

Kathey Homer Moore, Chair of the Membership Committee, gave the report of the committee. She noted that the KCA continues to add new members, and thanked committee members John Duckworth, Annette Campbell and Carole-Anne Mosher for their efforts. She reported that membership now stands at 109 and is expected to increase again in the coming year.

Finance & Accounting Committee

RB gave the report for the Finance and Accounting Committee as Ted Price, Committee Chair, was unable to attend. The members of the committee are Ted Price, Richard Brown and Toon Nagtegaal. This year the committee developed a spending limits policy in addition to providing oversight to the Treasurer and reviewing the year end Financial Statement prior to Board approval.

RB advised that the year end Statement of Receipts and Disbursements is available to all members. The KCA continues on solid financial ground, ending the year with a cash balance of $6,727. Membership dues totalled $5,450. The largest expense ($1,395) was for the water quality test conducted last fall by the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation. He mentioned that the Board would continue to review membership dues annually.

He reported that the Statement was reviewed again this year by accountant George Strohyl, who also filed the Association’s federal tax return. Mr. Strohyl was thanked for again providing his services to the Association on a pro bono basis.

RB advised that the KCA By-Laws provide that the year-end Financial Statement may be signed by an auditor or two directors, at the discretion of the Board. The Board decided that given the straightforward and uncomplicated nature of the KCA’s finances, an audit was not necessary. Ted Price and RB, as directors, have reviewed, approved and signed-off on the Financial Statement for the year ended May 31, 2018. The Board will consider this decision annually.

In the absence of Avy Dolgoy, Treasurer, RB gave the Treasurer’s Report. In response to a question from the floor regarding spending limits, RB advised that the following policy was adopted by the Board this year regarding approvals on expenditures of the Association: (1) The Treasurer has authority for individual expenditures up to $100; (2) expenditures between $101 and $250 require approval of the Finance and Accounting Committee; and (3) expenditures above $250 require the approval of the Board of Directors.

Motion: That the Finance and Accounting Committee Report be approved

Moved: Sharon Chisholm

Seconded: Gale Sherin

Motion Carried

Nominations Committee

Carole-Anne Mosher[DW4] , Chair of the Nominations Committee, presented the committee’s report. She advised that the committee has the responsibility of identifying and recruiting members to serve on the Board of Directors. KCA By-Laws provide that the Board of Directors shall be no less than 9 members and no more than 12. The KCA endeavours to represent all 5 of Kingsburg’s neighbourhoods on its Board. The Committee this year was comprised of Carole-Anne Mosher (Chair) and Richard Brown.

She reported that a call for nominations to this year’s Board was included in the notice of the AGM. No responses were received. The committee identified 3 members who agreed to serve on the Board for the first time: Ted Wilkins, Michael Arnoldi and Dan Wilson. These new members, if confirmed, would replace Kathey Moore, David Murphy and Jim Wooder, who are all retiring from the Board this year. (Corporate Secretary’s Note – The Board extends its deepest thanks and appreciation to Kathey, David and Jim for their dedicated and constructive service to the Board.)

The slate of Directors presented for the members’ approval for 2-year terms was: Richard Brown, Avy Dolgoy, Heather McAllister, Ted Wilkins, Michael Arnoldi and Dan Wilson.

Carole-Anne asked if there were any further nominations from the floor. None were given.

Motion: That the slate of Directors be approved as presented.

Moved: Carole-Anne Mosher

Seconded: Duncan MacLennan

Motion carried

The other Directors, who have a remaining 1-year term and will be subject to re-election at next year’s AGM, if they choose to continue to serve, are: Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Anne Fouillard, Carole-Anne Mosher, Ted Price and Debora Walsh. The Board of Directors is comprised of the maximum number of Directors provided for in the Association’s By-Laws.

Ad Hoc Committees

Road Committee

Carole-Anne Mosher, Chair of the Road Committee, gave the report on the activities of the committee. The other members of the committee are Sharon Chisholm, John Duckworth, Michael Arnoldi and Dan Wilson.

Carole-Anne reported on communication and follow-up with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) to ensure that missing steel grates at the end of Kingsburg Pond be replaced to address a dangerous safety issue for children.

She advised that the DOTIR has informed the committee of plans to address the pedestrian visibility issue posed by Japanese knotweed along Kingsburg Pond.

Also, the DOTIR has advised that paving of Upper Kingsburg Road is planned for 2020, with the installation of culverts and maintenance in the interim. She noted that the installation of “No Parking” signs on one side of Hirtle’s Beach Road to address emergency vehicle access is an outstanding safety issue that has been raised with DOTIR.

Lastly, she acknowledged the efforts of Sharon Chisholm, past Chair of the Road Committee, who established an excellent relationship with DOTIR and MODL over the past three years.

A number of comments were made from the floor regarding the report and road issues. It was suggested that perhaps the KCA could install “No Parking” signs. Carole-Anne responded that the Committee would consider the suggestion. Other comments focussed on the speed limit on public roads and ways to enhance compliance, limited pedestrian and cyclist visibility caused by tall grasses growing along Hirtle’s Beach Road, paving of the Rose Bay to Lunenburg road, and adherence to the speed limit on Kingsburg Beach Road.

Environment Committee

Debora Walsh, Chair of the Environment Committee, gave the committee’s report. Debora acknowledged Ted Price, former committee chair and co-chair, for his work. Debora put out a call for two more individuals to join the committee.

She acknowledged Tim Sherin, a KCA member who is a limnologist, for his help with water testing. Debora explained that once testing is completed for this year, the results will be posted on the KCA’s website. To date, the results show no significant change in the quality of the water in all 3 ponds from last year. Post-rainfall testing will be undertaken this year following a significant rainfall event.

Debora reported that the committee is discussing the issue of how to provide easier, safer access to Hirtle’s Beach by persons with disabilities with the MODL.

She advised that the committee continues to monitor scientific literature on Japanese knotweed. The KCA has installed dog waste signs around the community. Information sheets on dog waste and light pollution were available at the AGM. She noted that the committee is also considering ways to maintain the water level in Kingsburg Pond to minimize odours from rotting weeds.

Following the report comments from the floor included a question regarding water quality at Sand Dollar Beach and the suggestion that the KCA should follow-up with the MODL regarding a report that the town of Lunenburg is considering dumping its waste further from the shore with potential implications for water quality in the Kingsburg area. (Corporate Secretary’s Note – Councillor Whynot advised following the AGM that the MODL has approached the town of Lunenburg to address this issue.)

Local History Committee

Dave Murphy, Chair of the Local History Committee, gave the committee’s report. Other committee members are Cameron Pulsifer, Denis Falvey, Carole-Anne Mosher, Bill McGillivray and Terry Greenlaw.

Dave reported that information on the KCA’s website – www.kingsburg.info- includes a map of the area from 1787, a history of Kingsburg plus personal reminiscences prepared by Denis Falvey, many historical photos, and a copy of the original land grant.

Dave advised that Terry and Bill, who are filmmakers, have begun recordings to capture the memories and stories of some of Kingsburg’s oldest residents who have lived in the community for many generations.

Wrap Up of Reports

RB thanked all committee members and committee chairs for the work they carried out on behalf of the KCA over the past year. He then commented on the strong performance of the Board over the past year and explained that Board meetings were held regularly with committees meeting as required. The Board continues to build strong relationships with municipal and provincial staff and officials. He also noted that we will continue to identify other organizations the KCA might work with in the future.

RB thanked Anne Fouillard for her help as Corporate Secretary.

RB asked if there were any questions, clarifications or comments related to the reports.

Motion: To adjourn the AGM

Moved: Carole-Anne Mosher

Seconded: Sharon Chisholm

Motion Carried

Adjournment

RB declared the AGM closed and invited all members and non-members to participate in the Future Activities Discussion and hear the presentation by member Steve Herzig on ticks and Lyme disease. (Corporate Secretary’s Note - The Board thanks Steve for his very interesting and informative presentation which elicited much discussion and many questions from the audience.)


KCA MEMBERS’ UPDATE JUNE 2019

AGM Reminder

Hold the date!  The KCA’s fourth AGM will be held in the morning of Saturday, August 10that the Duckworth Real Estate Barn. Details regarding the agenda and arrangements will be provided in the coming weeks.

If you would like to help out with planning the AGM, please contact Heather McAllister as soon as possible.  She can be reached at  heather.mcallister@sympatico.ca.

Membership Committee

New Membership Fee for 2019/2020

Since the Association’s start the Board has focused on building a sustainable cash reserve while meeting startup costs, ongoing operating expenses and accommodating special projects, such as water testing.  We have met these goals – the Association ended the 2018/2019 fiscal year in sound financial shape with cash reserves in excess of $10,000. (Members will be asked to approve the final financial statement at the August Annual General Meeting.)

Having met startup costs and built a solid cash balance, the Board reviewed membership dues in light of ongoing costs and possible project commitments.  The result of that review is that the KCA is introducing a new fee structure for individual memberships.  Please note that annual membership fees are set each year by the Board in advance of the AGM, and future changes to the fees, including increases, are possible as circumstances warrant.

For the first time, effective for 2019/2020, the annual membership fee of $50.00covers the memberships of all individuals in a household who wish to be members - a registered property owner, their spouse and children, or residents who are a minimum of 19 years of age. 

This is a significant cost reduction for households of two or more persons who wish to become members, and we hope that the change will encourage more people to become members of the KCA.

The names of members will be collected at the time of payment of the fee.  

Further details on membership eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and the annual fee are available on the KCA website at

http://www.kingsburg.info/membership

Payment of Membership Fees

Membership fees are payable by the following means:

  • e-transfer to kingsburgcommunityassociation@gmail.com,  OR

    • cheque made payable to the Kingsburg Community Association and 

    • mailed to Treasurer, Kingsburg Community Association, c/o 1141 Kingsburg Road, RR#1, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J2X0, OR

    • delivered to Avy Dolgoy who can be contacted at 902-766-0224 or at kingsburgcommunityassociation@gmail.comOR

  • cash payment to Avy Dolgoy or to the Co-Chairs of the Membership Committee,  Ted Wilkins and Annette Campbell, OR

  • cash or cheque at the AGM

KCA Members’ Directory 2019/2020

Stay tuned for information on the KCA Members’ Directory 2019/2020

Environment Committee

Ocearch Shark Research

Last summer Ocearch conducted shark tagging using “chum” in the area between Hirtle’s Beach, Gaff Point and West Ironbound Island. In response to concerns expressed by our members, the KCA has sent a joint letter with the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans requesting “assurances that there are the necessary restrictions in any permit provided to Ocearch in order to protect recreational users from any potential threat posed by their activities in the surrounding waters of the Kingsburg Peninsula.”

Dark Skies Awareness Star Gazing Event 

In January we told members about plans for a stargazing event this summer.  We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Tony Schellinck (Royal Astronomical Society) will be a guest speaker at the KCA Stargazing Event in the evening of August 27 (back-up date August 28) to be held in the Duckworth Real Estate Barn.  Following a presentation on finding constellations in the night sky, Dr. Schellinck will lead participants in an observational experience. More details will be provided closer to the event. 

Japanese Knotweed

The issue of the invasive and persistent Japanese knotweed continues to attract community attention, especially as a safety hazard to walkers and cyclists. The Environment Committee will undertake an informal inventory/mapping of knotweed in the community this summer to create a baseline for determining the extent of its spread.  It is monitoring developments in other jurisdictions, especially Ireland where authorities have taken a strong stand against cutting knotweed. The KCA continues to support DOTIR cutting knotweed where required for safety reasons. 

For information on developments and experiences with knotweed in other parts of the world see:

 https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/japanese-knotweed-invasive-plants.html

Shading Street Lights

Street lights and very bright lights on buildings can shine directly into houses and be very disruptive to the view of the night sky and to sleep.  Based on responses to the KCA survey of members last fall on light pollution, the Environment Committee is working to obtain the support of neighbours to shade the very bright street light in front of the houses at 16 and 17 Mosher Road. If support is obtained, Riverport Electric will then be requested to install shading on this street light. The intention is to use this as an example of obtaining neighbourhood support for lighting which promotes a safe and secure environment without being intrusive.

Nova Scotia Coastal Protection Act

In response to an expected sea level rise between 70cm and 140cm by the end of the 21st century, the Nova Scotia Government established the Coastal Protection Act which received Royal Assent on April 12, 2019 and will come into force on a date to be set by proclamation. The intent of this act is to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Define a “Coastal Protection Zone” where the act will apply

  2. Restrict certain activities within the Coastal Protection Zone

  3. Create provisions for monitoring and compliance

The government is now working with municipalities and others in developing regulations which will define how the legislation will work. This phase is expected to take 12 to 18 months. The Environment Committee is monitoring the development of regulations to understand the potential impact on Kingsburg.  

All KCA members are encouraged to become familiar with the new legislation which is available at

 https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/bills-statutes/bills/assembly-63-session-2/bill-106

The report on public and stakeholder consultations held last year to inform development of the legislation is available at 

https://novascotia.ca/coast/CoastalProtectionLegislationConsultationReport.pdf

Internet Divide Team

As noted in previous updates, our Internet Divide Team has very actively lobbied federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, Eastlink and Develop Nova Scotia (DNS), which has responsibility for the implementation of high-speed internet service in rural communities, to make high-speed internet services available to all Kingsburg residents.

At a recent DNS stakeholder session in Bridgewater, which was attended by a member of the Internet Divide Team, a number of announcements were made regarding how the implementation will proceed over the next 3 - 5 years, including the following: DNS will work exclusively with internet service providers (ISPs); pre-qualified ISPs can bid to provide service to defined regions; service benchmarks have been developed; services have to be future-proof, as household usage is expected to increase incoming years; at least 95% will be wired services, as opposed to wireless services; and pricing must be competitive with services already in place in the province.

The first Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on May 2, 2019 for proposals that can be implemented within the next 6-12 months. The Team is confident our projects are “quick start” and can be delivered within that period of time. Proposals are due by the end of June after which there will be a period of time for review and negotiation before contracts are signed.  Some of the work is expected to begin before year-end.  We are happy that progress is being made and hopeful that a resolution to this issue will be delivered in 2020.

In recent conversations with Eastlink, it appears that senior management still has to decide whether they will respond to the RFP and, if so, for which regions of the province they would like to service. Eastlink has already done the mapping and costing for two of our neighbourhoods – Hirtle’s Beach Road and Middle Road – and has provided a verbal costing for the two households on Red Ground Road.  It is our understanding that if Eastlink is the successful bidder, it will attempt to provide wired services to all three neighbourhoods. 

Because of its familiarity with our area, we believe Eastlink is the most likely ISP to bid to deliver services to Kingsburg.  However, there are other ISPs that may seek to provide services in our area.

 

Local History Committee

We are very excited to let you know about plans to screen the video being produced by KCA members Bill MacGillivray and Terry Greenlaw about the history of Kingsburg at our August AGM.  

The Committee continues with the collection of photos and information since the first German settlement in 1753/54 at the Upper Kingsburg backshore, Mosher’s Bay, now commonly known as Shobac.  Members with photos of the breakwater or fish stores that were on Kingsburg Beach are encouraged to contact Carole-Anne Mosher @ 902-766-4842.  A selection of photos will be on display at the AGM.

 

Road Committee

High Water Level in Kings Pond and Associated Flooding on Kingsburg and Mosher Road

In January we advised members that the KCA had written to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR) regarding recurring flooding on Kingsburg and Mosher Roads resulting from uncontrolled water levels in Kings Pond and the failing drainage infrastructure.  Since then the Road Committee has met with Glen Strang, Area Manager, Lunenburg/Queens, DOTIR, and KCA members coordinated efforts to be in frequent contact with the DOTIR regarding major flooding this winter to the roads and surrounding land.  In the short term, DOTIR is planning to clean out the inlet and outlet ends of the pipe between Kings Pond and the ocean and to replace the grate at the head of the pond. DOTIR is working to design, build and install a different system at the Kings Pond outlet side that would allow the sluice to be adjusted upwards or downwards. This would also correct the safety hazard on Kings Pond of a child or adult falling in where the tunnel washes out under the road to the ocean.

Improvements to Other Roads in Kingsburg

Repairs have been made this spring to that part of Mosher Road which was washed away due to heavy rains and inadequate drainage. The Road Committee continues to advocate for improvements to roads in the community, including repaving of Upper Kingsburg Road, upgrading Mosher Road by the mailboxes to address the problem of continuous flooding, and upgrading Kingsburg Beach Road from the Duckworth Real Estate Barn to the end of the public section of the Road. Recently the culvert on Hirtle’s Beach Road by Lakeview Cemetery has caved in and DOTIR has been advised of this safety issue.

HWY 332

Since there has been such a loud and constant rash of complaints, DOTIR is seeking funding and approval from the Province to start the repaving of Highway 332 from Frank’s Corner Automotive to Bayport in 2019, rather than waiting until 2020, as planned.  If they get approval, the first phase of work would be done in 2019 and the section from Bayport to Riverport completed in 2020.

Governance Committee

 The Board of Directors formed a Governance Committee this year which was tasked with developing recommendations for the establishment of organizational governance policies and procedures to guide the Board in managing the activities of the KCA and to establish a framework for the conduct of the Directors and Officers in executing their responsibilities and duties. We are pleased to report that the Board is working towards finalizing and adopting a Governance Framework document. 

Nominations Committee

The term expires for six of the twelve Directors on your Board of Directors at the AGM in August. We encourage any member who wishes to stand for election to the Board to contact Richard (Buckie) Brown (brown.richard.eric@gmail.com– 902-766-0387) or Carole-Anne Mosher (camosher@eastlink.ca– 902-766-4842).

 

KCA Board Members 2018/2019

Michael Arnoldi, Richard Brown, Annette Campbell, Sharon Chisholm, Avy Dolgoy, Anne Fouillard, Heather McAllister, Carole-Anne Mosher, Ted Price, Debora Walsh, Ted Wilkins, Dan Wilson


Members’ Update January 2019

Dear Members,

We are pleased to provide you with an update on some of the KCA’s key activities over the past few months.

Environment Committee 

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. 

 

AGM Reminder

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[1], 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.

 

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Background

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 contact[8]is < 400 CFU/100 mL and for secondary contact[9]is < 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.

 

Budget

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. 

 

Special Mention

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



[1]Also known as Kingsburg Pond

[2]E. coli is used as an indicator of fecal contamination in the environment.

[3]KCA samples analyzed at Bridgewater Hospital 

[4]Test 3 was undertaken after a significant rainfall amount

[5]Analysed at Maxxam Analytics Bedford 

[6]The zero fecal reading might be explained by the inflow of sea water which creates a saline environment not conducive to E. coli growth

[7]ND= not detected-<10

[8]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).

[9]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

 AGM

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

KCA membership continues to increase.  We now have 123 members (as of October 13) representing households in all of Kingsburg’s neighbourhoods.

KCA Committees

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 (brown.richard.eric@gmail.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 sherindale@gmail.com

OR

·      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. 

1400-lyme-disease-information

canlyme.com

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

http://www.mvtimes.com/2016/07/13/visiting-physician-sheds-new-light-lyme-disease/

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

WHY

·      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 RESEARCH

  1. 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.

  2. Dog poop is an environmental pollutant contaminatingthe water supply.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

Dear Members,

 

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 kingsburgcommunityassociation@gmail.comcheque 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 sherindale@gmail.com 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 sherindale@gmail.com OR

  • any KCA Board member*

Sincerely,

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

Dear Members,                                          

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.

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.

Internet Service

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.

Local History

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

May 2018


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.

The Tests

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

Report Recommendations

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

Environment Committee


November 2017

Members’ Update  

AGM

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

KCA Membership

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.

KCA Committees

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 brown.richard.eric@gmail.com who will pass the information along to the appropriate Committee Chair.

Recent Updates

Future Activities

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:

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Road Safety

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.

Internet Service

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.

 

June 2017

Members Update

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.  

 

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