I must say it was quite apparent that the month of June was out to break some past weather records. We had the highest temperature and a record amount of rain, in the amount of 200mm, which is nearly eight inches of water – a fair amount to say the least. Looking at the brighter picture, we were able to enjoy the sun early and we don’t have to worry about any serious outbreaks of major forest fires in the areas surrounding our community, which was a concern since the month of May was an unusually dry month. We can hopefully look forward to an enjoyable summer.
I’m sure there are many who are not aware that the national and provincial park and recreation associations have been designating the month of June to celebrate the return of summer. During our Council meeting in June one of the longest Mayor’s Proclamations was made to proclaim the month of June as Recreation and Parks Month in NB. Recreation New Brunswick’s theme is – Recreation & Parks: Live it Everyday! We encourage everyone to follow this theme throughout the summer months.
The following paragraph was taken from the flyer distributed by the Village’s Public Works Department: “Want a greener lawn? It’s simple! Grass clippings are actually beneficial to your lawn if handled properly. By using a mulching mower, you will: have a healthier lawn, save on fertilizer cost and save over 30% of the time involved in cutting your lawn. Mulched grass clippings recycle the fertilizer you have already applied to your lawn. In addition the clippings can supply about 30% of the nitrogen your lawn needs to keep it green and healthy. Grass leaf is nearly 90% water and it decomposes in just a couple of weeks. Leaving the mulched clippings in your yard returns the minerals and nutrients to the soil; nitrogen is released as the leaf decomposes.” As a reminder, the Village will no longer be picking up grass clippings. You are responsible to dispose of your own grass clippings.
A number of motions were passed at our June Council meeting:
PAC Appointments: Council reviewed and approved the motions that were brought forward at the regular Council meeting for the re-appointment of members to the Planning Advisory Committee, as follows – Brad Marshall, Chairperson for another one-year term; Councillor Gis’le McCaie-Burke as Vice Chairperson for another one-year term; and Sam McEwan as a member of the committee for a period of three years.
Contract Four: A motion was brought forward and passed by Council to accept the tendered bid submitted by Hogan Paving Ltd. in the amount of $137,091.60 for the Street Improvement Program 2010 Contract Four – Oliver Crescent and Birchwood Crescent.
Gas Tax Program – A motion was passed by Council for the document entitled Municipality of the Village of New Maryland Revised Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (2006 – 2010) prepared by the Capital Plan Committee to be adopted. Some of the money from the Gas Tax Program will be used in the installation of storm sewer services in Baker Brook Court.
Nancy St. Croix, our Community Facilities Manager, has recently been notified of approval of the application she submitted through the Built Heritage Program. Funding has been approved for an amount up to $28,435. Council has agreed to match this amount. The funding will support the restoration of Victoria Hall in New Maryland. Thank you Nancy and congratulations on the approval of your application to the Built Heritage Program.
In closing here’s something to think about: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” – John Lennon
We encourage you to attend our formal Council meetings, held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Also, please note that once approved, the Council minutes of each meeting are posted on our website. I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. I am also available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You can contact me through the Village Office at 451-8508 or through E-mail.
In closing, I wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer. Drive carefully, and watch out for the little ones.
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