Ministers Direction to delay Annual Meetings and Elections

On Wednesday, May 20, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH) announced a new directive for Villages in Nova Scotia to delay statutorily required annual meetings of electors and elections of Village Commissioners until the 90-day period following the expiration of the current Provincial state of emergency.

This direction requires Villages to delay annual meetings and elections, otherwise required up until Wednesday under the Municipal Government Act, until they can be held in a safer public health environment.

Village Commissioner terms expiring in June are expected to be extended and candidates duly nominated during the May nomination period will be carried forward until an election can be held following the expiration of the Provincial state of emergency.

The Minister’s directive can be found here:


For questions, please contact the Returning Officer: Mitchell Bell, CPA, CA
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Election of Village Commissioners - Deferred

** The Election of Billage Commissioners has been deferred - by MInisterial direction.**


Results of nomination period:
Following the close of nomination period at 4:30 p.m. today for the office of Village Commissioner, the Returning Officer confirms that the number of nominations accepted exceeds the two seats available and, therefore, an election is called to determine the successful candidates. Two candidates will be elected Village Commissioners to serve three- year terms ending June 2023.

The following candidates have been duly nominated:
o Burke, Thomas R. e
o Clark, Justin Arnold
o McNutt, Carvell Scott
o Lowe, Bradley
o Shea, Tim

The Village will hold two days of voting at the Village Hall, 69 Pictou Road, Bible Hill, as follows:

o Advance Poll – Tuesday, June 2, 2020, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
o Election Day – Saturday, June 6, 2020, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

To vote, a person must, as of advance polling day:
o be a Canadian citizen;
o be at least 18 years old;
o have been ordinarily resident in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia for six months; and
o be entitled to be registered on the list of electors to vote.

The Village will ensure proper public health protocols are in place for voting. Residents will form a line, keeping two metres apart, and enter open doors of the Village Hall where hand sanitizer and/or gloves, as well as a new pencil will be provided. From there, residents will be directed to proceed, one at a time, moving through the building in one direction to be registered by an employee, receive a ballot, and to vote. Residents will then discard or keep their pencil and exit the Village Hall through open doors at the opposite end from where they entered.


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Notice of 66th Annual Public Meeting of Electors - DEFFERED

** The 66th Annual Public Meeting of Electors has been deferred - by MInisterial direction. **


Pursuant to the Province of Nova Scotia's 'Direction of the Minister under a Declared State of Emergency', dated March 22, 2020, Village of Bible Hill's 66th annual public meeting of electors will be held virtually.

The proceedings of the meeting will be recorded, and the minutes posted at within 24 hours of the meeting. Further, reports of Commissioners will be circulated to residents in the next issue of Action on the Hill newsletter.

Virtual Meeting to commence Monday, June 1, 2020, at 8:00 pm.

Purpose of the meeting:

1. Reading of the minutes of the last annual meeting and any subsequent special electors meeting(s);
2. Reports of Commissioners;
3. Auditor’s report;
4. Business arising out of the minutes;
5. Adoption of reports; and
6. Miscellaneous business.

This notice is made pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and Village of Bible Hill by-law #3.

Mitchell Bell, CPA, CA
Clerk and Treasurer


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Village Commissioner Nomination Period

Notice of Nomination Period

Nomination for Office of Village Commissioner – 2 (two) seats

nomination forms may be filed with the Village Clerk and Treasurer’s Office located at 67 Pictou Road, Bible Hill, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays) between May 7, 2020 and May 14, 2020 for two candidates to be elected Village Commissioners for three-year terms ending June 2023.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT nominations for Village Commissioners shall be made on the prescribed paper form, accompanied by endorsement of 5 electors supporting the nomination on the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by the prescribed nomination deposit of $200.00.  The nomination form must be signed by the candidate and must be filed in person by the candidate or their agent with the Returning Officer.  Due to COVID-19, the Village Office is closed to the public, therefore individuals seeking to file nomination forms are encouraged to call the Village Office in advance to arrange for an appointment time to do so.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT qualifications of a Village Commissioner are set out herein:

  • No person is qualified to serve as a Village Commissioner unless the person is an elector.
  • An elector who is a council member is not qualified to serve as a Village Commissioner.
  • Every Village Commissioner shall take and subscribe the oath of office prescribed by the Municipal Elections Act in the manner prescribed by that Act before entering upon the duties of Village Commissioner.
  • A Village Commissioner whose term of office has expired is eligible for re-election.

An “elector” means a person resident within the Village entitled to vote at a municipal election, who will have resided in the Village for at least six months immediately prior to the Village election and; 

  • is of the full age of eighteen years on the first advance polling day;
  • is a Canadian citizen on the first advance polling day;
  • has been ordinarily resident in the Province for a period of six months immediately preceding the first advance polling day; and
  • is ordinarily resident in the municipality or in an area annexed to the municipality and has been so since immediately before the first advance polling day, is entitled to be registered on the list of electors and to vote.

Nomination paper forms, copies of by-laws, financial statements, policies and further information is available from the Returning Officer and online at  

Dated this twenty-third day of April, 2020.

Mitchell Bell, CPA, CA
Clerk and Treasurer
Returning Officer


67 Pictou Road
Bible Hill  NS   B2N 2R9
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Parks open for public use

Today, the Province of Nova Scotia announced a slight easing in restrictions related to recreation, in order to provide residents greater physical and mental health.

Effective immediately, all parks in Bible Hill are open for public use. Trail-head parking lots are also open for public use. Please note that all playground equipment (i.e. swings, jungle gyms, natural playground equipment, splash pad, picnic tables, etc.) continues to be restricted, per Provincial direction.

Residents can now enjoy our local parks and trails to a greater degree, but must continue to keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.

The Province has encouraged residents to walk to local parks and trails to use them, rather than drive a distance and park there, but are permitted to do so, if they must. If parks are found to be busy when you arrive, please try again at another time.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this together.


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2020- 2021 Budget and Tax Rates Set

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The Commission of Village of Bible Hill has approved its 2020-2021 operating and capital budgets and set property taxation rates for the year.

Village rates will once again see no increase, marking the fourth consecutive year of stable property taxation from Village of Bible Hill. The residential tax rate will remain at seventy cents, limited-service residential tax rate at fifty-two and one-half cents, and the commercial tax rate at eighty-seven cents per each one hundred dollars of assessment.

Said Lois MacCormick, Commission Chair: “In this time of unparalleled public disruption, and personal, business, and financial hardship, the Village Commission recognized that it was more important than ever to work to hold the line on property taxation rates. Each year, costs that go into delivering municipal services increase and we are pleased to be able to chart a path for the next year that allows us to deliver those services without increasing tax rates.”

The Village’s approved budget, which does not use debt, is set to invest $2.9 million over the coming year in Bible Hill through service delivery and capital infrastructure investments. On average, taxable assessment and assessments of Federal, Provincial, and other institutional properties that generate revenue for the Village are estimated to increase 2.5% to $400.5 million.

Budget highlights:

• Undertake a condition assessment study of Bible Hill’s sanitary sewerage system to identify current and future maintenance and capital renewal requirements;

• Hire a contract staff member to begin assessing accessibility of the Village’s existing built-environment;

• Increase sidewalk and crosswalk maintenance spending by 120%;

• Renewal of 700 metres of sidewalk on Pictou Road, between civic number twenty-four and Blanchard Avenue;

• Accessibility improvement at the Village Hall and Fire Station building;

• Renewal of one fire apparatus and various equipment for Bible Hill Fire Brigade;

• Renewal of one maintenance vehicle and equipment;

• Subject to approval of requests submitted to NSTIR, installation of overhead crosswalk lighting at College Road and Covington Place, and renewal of existing overhead crosswalk lighting;

• Land acquisition for future walking trail construction;

• Expansion of community beautification banner program; and

• Strengthening of capital reserve funds for partial financing of future capital expenditures.

The Village Commission is keen to lead Bible Hill onward in progress over the year ahead.