Municipal Office to Reopen June 25
East Hants residents (and all Nova Scotians) have done it, we’ve flattened the curve! On Thursday, June 25, the Municipal Office at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre will reopen to the public.
Although we are open to serve you, we ask that if you can do your business with the Municipality by phone or online, please continue to do so. We continue to accept inquiries through our website or by telephone or email in order to minimize risk to visitors and employees.
Call Ahead – Anyone wishing to see an employee must call in advance and book an appointment. This ensures staff availability and preparedness, and prevents longer lineups. As with many employers, we will continue to have some people working from home on a rotating basis to reduce the number of people under one roof – so please call ahead!
Hours of Operation – Our hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
Safety in Our Building – Visitors must adhere to public health directives:
- Do not enter our office if you are ill. If you are at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre for Nova Scotia Health Authority Services and are unwell, please tell registration staff immediately upon arrival.
- Wash your hands often.
- Remain 6 feet (2 metres) away from others.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve.
- We encourage customers to wear a mask upon entering the building when physical distancing isn’t possible.
Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting – Can be expected for the safety of both residents and municipal staff.
Drop Box – The drop box at the entrance door by the library continues to be available to drop off applications and payments.
Paying Tax and Water Bills – There are several ways to pay your tax and water bills, here are the options.
Building Permits – While the office is now open to the public, we are still processing building permits digitally. Building permit information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e building drawings, elevations, lot grading plans, driveway permits, Nova Scotia Environment permits, etc.). Please provide contact information. Plans will be reviewed by Building Officials and then they will be in contact with the applicant regarding fee payment and next steps. All permit applications may take up to one week to process.
Alternatively, building permit applications can be dropped off to staff during regular business hours or deposited in the drop box by the front door of the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre. A building official will be in contact with the applicant regarding fee payment and next steps.
East Hants Aquatic Centre – At this time, the East Hants Aquatic Centre remains closed to the public until further notice. The Municipality continues to follow all provincial emergency orders and guidelines in the reopening and operation of our facilities.
Council Meetings – Public health and provincial protocols do not permit the sitting of Council together in Council Chambers at this point. Council and Committee meetings as well as Public Hearings and Public Information Sessions will continue to take place virtually until further notice. Please visit our website for live streaming of these meetings.
The Waste Management Centre in Georgefield – Is now open to the public.
Municipal parks and playgrounds are also open.
All other essential services have continued throughout the pandemic. Reopening the Lloyd E Matheson Centre is our last step to getting back to regular operations. We thank visitors in advance for their patience and understanding as we begin to reopen our office to the public.