Vanguard Year in Review: December 2013

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Municipal units kicked in $634,000 for airport

The Yarmouth International Airport Corporation received around $634,000 in operating grants from the three municipal units in Yarmouth County in 2012-13. The Town of Yarmouth saw its annual share of costs associated with keeping the Yarmouth airport operating balloon to nearly $200,000.

Airport manager David Hill was not on the job but still on the payroll. The airport was under interim management for an undetermined time.

Review recommended new management position at RCMP detachment

A review of the Yarmouth Municipal Detachment of the RCMP found that the town detachment was busier than average, was dealing with more severe cases than average and could benefit from the addition of another supervisory position. The municipal detachment review also identified possible efficiencies through a “closer organizational relationship between Yarmouth municipal and rural detachments.”

 

ATV trail connection nixed on Water Street

The town’s traffic authority offered an out-of-town alternative for connecting trails that run along the former railway beds north and south of Yarmouth. David Ernst suggested the two trails could be connected through the Hebron Industrial Park lands and along the Highway 101 right-of-way (beyond the road shoulder). The trail could run to the Hardscratch Road and from there along Highway 103 to the Tusket Falls Road, between trunk #3 and Highway 103.

 

Terminal transferred to local hands

Transferal of the Yarmouth ferry terminal property to the Town of Yarmouth took place and work was scheduled to start later in the month to ready the facility for a May 1 resumption of ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine.

 

RCMP investigated discovery of body

RCMP officers found the body of 76-year-old Stanley Ernest Adams at 55 Grove Rd. It was obvious that the death was not a recent event. The nephew, 43-year-old Timothy Stanley Adams, was arrested and charged with one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial and one count of offering indignities to human remains. He was sent for assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth.

Town approved Zion de-registration

Yarmouth town council

Yarmouth town council voted to de-register Zion Baptist Church, paving the way for demolition as soon as it was convenient for the building’s owners. The church’s liability insurance would end Dec. 31. A representative from The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia said the organization still had hopes of finding a way to save the building.

 

Yarmouth Crown appointed judge

Michelle Christenson was appointed as the province’s newest provincial and family court judge. She had been a senior Crown attorney in Yarmouth, having joined the Public Prosecution Service in 2003.

 

Little River Harbour wind turbine to generate local power

A new wind turbine installed in Little River Harbour by Scotian WindFields was expected to generate enough energy for 650 homes. The company has committed to donate a portion of the revenue raised through its wind turbine project to the surrounding community.

 

$150,000 in emergency airport funding sought

The Yarmouth International Airport Corporation needed an infusion of $150,000 before January in order to meet its immediate obligations. Describing the situation as a problem with “cash flow,” the town of Yarmouth’s CAO Jeff Gushue told a special meeting of council that the funding request couldn’t wait until council’s regular January meeting.

 

Christmas came early at hospital

Christmas came early for the diagnostic imaging department at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, and all the patients who rely on the services it provides.

The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation agreed to fund South West Health’s portion of the cost of a new $1.4 million CT scanner, about 25 per cent of the total.

 

 

Organizations: RCMP, Yarmouth International Airport, Yarmouth town council East Coast Forensic Hospital Zion Baptist Church The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service Yarmouth Regional Hospital Yarmouth Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Water Street, Hebron Industrial Park Hardscratch Road Tusket Falls Road Little River Maine Dartmouth

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