NOTICE: Winter Parking Regulations 2016-2017

Posted on March 23, 2017

December 1, 2016 РApril 15, 2017: Overnight Parking Prohibited
To enable the Town of Antigonish Public Works crews and contractors to remove snow, and salt streets more efficiently and safely, residents and other users are reminded that Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act for the Province of Nova Scotia prohibits vehicles from obstructing snow removal or other winter maintenance. The Act allows for such vehicles to be removed at the owner’s expense. The Winter Parking Regulations are in effect from 12:01 a.m. to 7a.m. on all Town streets, parking lots and includes all streets and marked parking lots on St. FX University Campus.

– S/Cst. R. Shaun Smith
Traffic Authority
Town of Antigonish

NOTICE: Parking Ban – March 22nd – To allow Public Works Staff to continue with the cleanup from the most recent snow fall, The Town of Antigonish wishes to advise that the Winter Parking Ban WILL REMAIN IN PLACE overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning (March 21st).

Please continue to monitor the Town of Antigonish Website (www.townofantigonish.ca) or the Town of Antigonish Facebook Page for updates on this ban.

UPDATE
Due to the expected weather system moving overnight tonight, (Wednesday March 22) and into Thursday March 23rd, the Town of Antigonish wishes to advise that the Winter Parking Ban will remain in place until further notice, and enforcement will be undertaken.

Antigonish town councillors approve fleet replacement plan for fire department

Posted on March 23, 2017

Town councillors in Antigonish have finalized plans to purchase a new fire truck for the town’s volunteer fire department.

They voted in favour of buying the $600,000 truck in January.

At Monday night’s regular town council meeting, they approved a new 25-year plan to replace the department’s entire fleet.

After the meeting, Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said the new pumper will replace trucks that are 31 and 39 years old.

“We do have an obligation to make sure that our firefighters remain safe on the job,” she said, “but also we have an obligation to our citizens to make sure that they have (been) provided adequate, safe fire protection 365 days a year.”

Boucher said a new fire levy of 2.6 cents per $100 of assessment on municipal tax bills will pay for their 25-year plan.
The mayor says $1 million in provincial funding for a major event in the town is very exciting.

On Monday, officials with the provincial government announced $1 million toward the 2018 National Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish.

After Monday night’s council meeting, Boucher said the funding will help open up event venues to everyone.

“The million dollars that the provincial government has given to the organization (of the) Special Olympics will go a long way, and I really like what it’s going to be used for,” she said. “It’s a million dollars towards making the Oland Centre more accessible, so mostly the bleachers and the outside stands more accessible.”

Boucher said the event itself is very exciting because it will shine a national spotlight on the town.
Town councillors have decided against offering compensation to some Antigonish residents who raised water quality concerns.

Several residents of Thompson Street made a presentation at September’s regular town council meeting.

They told councillors they didn’t believe their water was safe to drink, and they didn’t want to use it for bathing.

After Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Boucher said town officials decided they’ve addressed the issue properly since then.

“We had a couple of questions, staff came back with the answers,” she said, “and we were satisfied that the town did its due diligence when it became a real issue, that we acted in a relatively timely manner.”

Boucher said they made their decision following presentations by town employees. Read More.

RCMP Investigating String of Vehicle Theft & Mischief Complaints

Posted on March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017, Antigonish, Nova Scotia . . . Antigonish RCMP are investigating a string of mischief complaints and theft of motor vehicles in Linwood, Antigonish County.

During the early morning hours of February 26, Antigonish RCMP responded to several complaints of entry into unlocked vehicles, stolen vehicles and trespassing. The investigation revealed that three vehicles were stolen from two separate properties and a number of unlocked vehicles were entered. All three vehicles have since been recovered.

Anyone with information about these incidents, and who is responsible, is asked to contact Antigonish RCMP at 902-863-6500. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

Police are reminding motorists to lock up their vehicles and remove any valuables, making their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Contact person:

Cst. Michael McKenna
Antigonish RCMP
Office: 902-863-6500
Cell: 902-872-1545
michael.mckenna@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

RCMP arrests Cloverville woman for impaired driving

Posted on March 7, 2017

Antigonish, Nova Scotia, March 6, 2017 . . . On March 4 at 5:34 p.m., a member of Antigonish District RCMP noted a driver in an SUV who failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Fairview Street and James Street. Another vehicle travelling on James St. had to swerve to prevent a collision. The RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop, and while attempting to come to a stop for the police officer, the driver of the SUV drove the vehicle onto the sidewalk in front of the Antigonish Arena. The driver, a 63-year-old resident of Cloverville, NS was arrested for impaired driving. She was transported to Antigonish Detachment where she provided breath samples that were three times the legal limit. She was held in custody and later released, and is facing charges of Impaired Driving and Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content over 80mg%. She is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on May 31.

Since January 1st, 2017, Antigonish RCMP have charged 14 drivers with impaired driving. Antigonish RCMP would like to remind the public to call 911 if you are concerned about someone’s driving, or you suspect a driver is impaired.