Municipality of the District of Chester

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This article is about the district municipality. For the village, see Chester, Nova Scotia.
Chester
District municipality
Municipality of the District of Chester
Official seal of Chester
Seal
Location of the Municipality of the District of Chester
Location of the Municipality of the District of Chester
Coordinates: 44°39′N 64°18′W / 44.65°N 64.3°W / 44.65; -64.3
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Lunenburg
Founded 1759
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts    
Federal

South Shore—St. Margaret's
Provincial Chester-St. Margaret's / Lunenburg
Government
 • Type Chester Municipal Council
 • Municipal Seat Chester
 • Warden Allen Webber
Area[1]
 • Land 1,122.11 km2 (433.25 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 10,310
 • Change 2011-16 Decrease2.7%
 • Census ranking 399 of 4,870
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902 - 275
Dwellings 6,161
Median Income* $42,776 CDN
Website Official website
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Chester, officially named the Municipality of the District of Chester, is a district municipality occupying the northeastern half of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Statistics Canada classifies the district municipality as a municipal district.

The Municipality of the District of Chester's administrative seat is the village of Chester.[2]

Municipal council representative districts[edit]

The Municipality of the District of Chester comprises seven districts, each represented by an elected councillor. The areas represented by each district are:

  • District 1 represents Blandford to East Chester. This includes the communities of Aspotogan, Bayswater, Northwest Cove, Blandford, Deep Cove, East River, East River Point, Otter Point and part of East Chester. The current councillor for this area is Andre Veinotte.[3]
  • District 2 represents Hubbards to Mill Cove and includes the communities of Mill Cove, Fox Point, Simms Settlement, Mill Lake, The Lodge ad Birchy Head. The current councillor for this area is Deputy Warden Floyd Shatford.[4]
  • District 3 represents the Chester village and part of East Chester. The current councillor is Danielle Barkhouse.[5]
  • District 4 represents Chester Basin to Chester Grant. This includes Chester Basin, Chester Grant, Borgels Point and part of Middle River. The current councillor is Warden Allen Webber.[6]
  • District 5 represents Western Shore to Martin's River, including Gold River, Beech Hill, Western Shore, Martin's Point and part of Martin's River. The current councillor is Abdella Assaff.[7]
  • District 6 represents New Ross area which includes Seffernsville, Harriston, Lake Ramsay, Forties, Franey Corner and Fraxville. The current councillor is Tina Connors.[8]
  • District 7 represents Windsor Road to Marriott's Cove. This includes Windsor Road, Canaan, Sherwood, Robinsons Corner, Marriotts Cove, Middle River Road and part of Haddon Hill. The current councillor is Sharon Church.[9]

Departments and Services[edit]

The Municipality of the District of Chester offers community services through its multiple departments:[10]

Community Development Department is broken up into the following;[11]

  • Planning & Development Services provides things like subdivision and development permits, civic addressing and road naming, heritage properties and economic development.
  • Building & Fire Inspection Services is responsible for building permits and inspections as well as fire inspections and bylaw enforcement.

Finance Department is responsible for the financial administration of the municipality as well as providing services which include; financial reporting, tax exemptions, address changes, tax billings and payments, budgets and financial statements.[12]

Information Services Department provides communication and business continuity services.[13]

Public Works Department is responsible for providing services which include, Animal Control, Boat pump out, municipal sewer connections, municipal engineering/specifications, municipal roads and removal of dead marine life.[14]

Solid Waste Department is located at Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre[15] and provides services which include; Kaizer Meadow Eco-Industrial Park, bi-weekly waste removal, semi-annual collection of bulky waste, annual collection of Christmas tree and yard waste and disposal of hazardous waste, construction and deolition materials, tires and septic waste.[16]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Municipality of the District of Chester recorded a population of 10,310 living in 4,769 of its 6,492 total private dwellings, a change of −2.7% from its 2011 population of 10,599. With a land area of 1,122.11 km2 (433.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 9.2/km2 (23.8/sq mi) in 2016.[17]

Chester Connection and Aspotogan Trail[edit]

46 kilometres (29 mi) of trail on the former railway from Martins River to Hubbards are operated by the Municipality of the District of Chester. The trails are open to walkers, off road vehicles, cyclists and horseback riders.[20]

Municipal Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces[edit]

There are many parks and outdoor areas within the municipality for the public to enjoy including Anvil Park in Chester Basin, East River Property, Village of Chester Gazebo, Wild Rose Park in Western Shore and the Green Gym Park in Chester Basin.[21]

The Municipality of the District of Chester also has two playgrounds; Croft Road Playground located in Chester Basin and Gold River Playground located at the former Gold River Elementary School.[22]

Within the Village of Chester there is a skate park that was opened in 2009 after five years of planning and fundraising.[23]

Community Schools[edit]

The Municipality of the District of Chester has two schools that are also used for community use and open to the public.[24] These schools are Forest Heights Community School (FHCS)[25] which is located in Chester Grant and Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School (ACES) [26] which is located in Mill Cove. These schools were developed as Community School from the beginning starting in 1992 for FHCS and 2000 for ACES.

Other schools located in the municipality include Chester Area Middle School,[27] Chester District Elementary School [28] and New Ross Consolidated School.[29]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Chester Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  2. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Home". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 1 - Andre Veinotte". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 2 - Floyd Shatford". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 3 - Danielle Barkhouse". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 4 - Warden Allen Webber". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 5 - Abdella Assaff". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 6 - Tina Connors". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - District 7 - Sharon Church". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  10. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Staff/Department Information". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  11. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Community Development Service Catalogue". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  12. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Finance & Property Tax Administration Service Catalogue". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Information Services Service Catalogue". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  14. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Public Works Service Catalogue". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Welcome to Kaizer Meadow!". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  16. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Solid Waste Service Catalogue". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  17. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  19. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Chester Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  20. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Trails in the Municipality". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  21. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Parks & Open Spaces". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  22. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Playgrounds". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  23. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Chester Skate Park". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  24. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Community Schools". chester.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  25. ^ "Home". forestheights.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  26. ^ "Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School | Mill Cove, Nova Scotia". www.aces.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  27. ^ "Chester Area Middle School". cams.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  28. ^ "Chester District School". Chester District School. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  29. ^ "New Ross Consolidated School | Empowering and supporting youth in education". www.nrcs.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 

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Coordinates: 44°39′N 64°18′W / 44.650°N 64.300°W / 44.650; -64.300