Rumours abound that Old Man Winter will not be as kind to us this year as he was last winter. It seems he is not happy with the idea of providing a warm winter two years in a row, so he intends to do something about it. You can bet your bottom dollar we will end up with a cold winter and plenty of snow. I’m not suggesting that you should start to panic and immediately pull out your long johns or start repairing your snow blower, because hopefully we will have a relatively warm October and late fall. The cold usually hits us right around November 11 when we are trying to plan our outdoor activities for Remembrance Day.
On a more serious note, I would like to take this opportunity to mention the recent announcement I made regarding the structure of the Committees of Council for anyone who did not hear about the changes through the Daily Gleaner article or the Village’s website. The changes allow for all members of Council to have a better sense of our community as a whole, and helps prevent individual Councillors from working in isolation of each other.
The new committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons are as follows:
Emergency Response Plan Committee: Chairperson – Councillor Gis’le McCaie-Burke and co-chairperson – Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk Cynthia Geldart;
Finance Committee: Chairperson – Deputy Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee and co-chairperson Councillor Paul LeBlanc;
Human Resources & Administration Committee: Councillor Gis’le McCaie-Burke and co-chairperson Mayor Frank Dunn;
Planning Advisory Committee: Chairperson – Brad Marshall (resident) and co-chairperson Deputy Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee;
Recreation & Leisure Services Committee: Chairperson – Councillor Scott Sparks and co-chairperson Councillor Tim Scammell;
Transportation & Protective Services Committee: Chairperson – Councillor Tim Scammell and co-chairperson – Councillor Scott Sparks; and
Water & Wastewater Committee: Chairperson – Councillor Paul LeBlanc and co-chairperson – Councillor Gis’le McCaie-Burke.
I would like to thank the Council members for their work on the various committees over the past few years and also praise the staff and residents who serve on our committees. Our committees are successful because of the composition of dedicated Councillors, volunteers and staff who are working hard on behalf of our community.
An important Mayor’s Proclamation was made during our last regular Council meeting. As per the request of School District 18, I proclaimed the week of September 30 to October 06th, 2010 as “Safe Schools Week”. It is very important that we maintain our commitment to the safety of our greatest resources, our children, throughout the entire school year and especially remain diligent during the winter months.
During the latter part of September a letter was sent to all municipalities requesting that community leaders from across Canada proclaim Restorative Justice Week 2010. The request was signed by Don Head, Commissioner of Correctional Services of Canada. Restorative Justice Week 2010 will be held in Canada and throughout the world from November 14 & 21, 2010 for the purpose of sharing the concrete learning and results that have come from the growing experience of practitioners and stakeholders in the application of a restorative justice approach and processes. One example of restorative justice would be explained as follows: “Sending first offenders to court is not always the best course of action. If offenders show remorse and accept responsibility for what they have done, then Restorative Justice can be used as an alternative to court, before charges are laid. This allows the victim to participate in the process. There are trained facilitators already in the district; members just need to make referrals.” I am pleased to say that Restorative Justice has been made one of the Unit Priorities for the RCMP District 2, located in Oromocto, who provide police protection to the Village of New Maryland. The Village is also a member of the Community Council Policing Committee.
On behalf of my colleagues on Council, our staff, and all of New Maryland’s residents, I offer sincere congratulations on a number of important milestones – to the University of New Brunswick, celebrating 225 years of history; to St. Thomas University, celebrating 100 years of history; and to the YMCA, who is 50 years young.
As a reminder, please note that our Council meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend to share your input, suggestions or concerns. I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and available throughout the week for appointments with reasonable notice. You can contact me at the Village Office at 451-8508 or via email at E-mail.
In closing, here’s a thought to contemplate: “Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.” – Alan Alda
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