I am going to deviate from my usual opening remarks for a special reason. I’d like to start this Notepad by drawing your attention to a recent headline that appeared in the Daily Gleaner on October 26. For those who do not receive the Gleaner, or by chance missed the page, the headline reads as follows: “New Maryland School joins Microsoft program”. The New Maryland Elementary School is the only school in Canada to be chosen as a Pathfinder school, part of Microsoft Partners to foster innovation in education. The program will last for a period of twelve months. The New Maryland Elementary School teachers will not only learn about new innovative approaches in education from teachers all over the world, but they will also share their insights and innovative ideas with those teachers. On behalf of my colleagues on Council, our Administration Staff, and all the residents of New Maryland, it is indeed my pleasure to thank and to congratulate all the members of the School staff for their dedication and hard work to become a Pathfinder school. It is indeed a proud time for the people of New Maryland.
Moving along, it’s time to bring you up-to-date on the water tower progress since our last regular Council meeting. The process of filling the water was completed on October19, 2010. Landmark’s contract is approximately 97% complete and they are currently working on cleaning up any deficiencies. The remaining new work involves completing and commissioning internal mechanical and electrical systems. Site grading and landscaping work has been completed and the grassed areas inside the fence will require some attention in the spring of 2011.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Village’s two year Street Improvement Program has been an outstanding success. The program was divided into two phases with Phase one being completed in 2009 and involving work on 11 streets at an approximate cost of $ 1.5 million. Some of the streets were completely rebuilt using the milling and pulverizing method, thereby reducing the cost. Phase two included 20 streets of successful upgrading for a total 8.8 kilometres. A total of 17 kilometres of municipal road received upgrades, and every subdivision in the Village benefitted from the program. What’s also important is that it is expected to come in under the budgeted amount of $3.6 million.
On the lighter side, on October31 Team New Brunswick shined at the Atlantic Cross County Championship. Taylor Dunn won the individual Bantam girl’s event 2Km in 8.0.5. She was joined at the podium by Mackenzie Amos and Megan McCarthy. By the way, I’m proud to say that Taylor Dunn just happens to my Granddaughter. Our congratulations goes out to all three participants for a great race.
Our Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You can contact me through the Village Office at 451-8508, or the Mayor’s E-mail address.
Drive carefully and watch out for the little ones.
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