Time sure flies and by the time you read this column the autumn season will be ready to begin. In fact, the first day of fall, officially referred to as the Autumnal Equinox, is September 23, 2010. The past summer months were fantastic. I’m sure the brilliance of summer will remain with us until the autumn season arrives and then we can enjoy the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves. So take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts and enjoy our diverse seasons when fall arrives.
Unfortunately, we missed posting the Mayor’s Notepad for July due to my vacation schedule. However, I will include some of July’s events in this column.
I’d like to update you on a couple of motions that were passed by Council over the past two months. The first is a motion that was approved by Council for the Village, as per the recommendation of the Recreation and Leisure Services Committee, to adopt the Recreation Master Plan. Another motion was approved by Council, as per the recommendation of the Public Works Supervisor, to accept the tendered bid submitted by Perfection Paving in the total amount of $528,469.36 for the Street Improvement Program Contract # 5. Our Street Improvement Program has included different levels of work on a number of streets over the past two years, and this particular contract includes asphalt resurfacing of Gladstone Street, Alban Street, Charters Avenue, Kimberley Street, Confederation Avenue, Heritage Avenue, Timothy Drive, Autumn Lane, Cains Brook Lane, Coach House Lane, Deer Lane, Kirk Lane, Lantern Lane, Sinclair Lane, White Birch Lane, Kingston Avenue, Lark Street, McMurtrie Avenue, Sunrise Estates Drive (from Hwy 101 to Lark Street) and Weston Street. Details of all motions of Council can be found in the Council minutes that are posted on this website.
A while back I promised I would keep you up-to-date on the progress of the Village’s water tower project. Further to that, please note that at the end of July the contract was approximately 74% complete and by the end of August, was 90% complete. Most of the work remaining includes completion of the internal mechanical and electrical systems and finishing the site work. The next major task is to fill the elevated reservoir and then disinfect the tank. Our engineer is estimating that it will take approximately 14 days to fill the tank, however a number of factors may impact the fill rate, including the pump rotation of the municipal wells, aquifer draw-down, and demand on the system.
We have interesting and exciting sports news to share – the New Maryland Red Sox Pee Wee Rec team won the championship by beating the Minto Heat by a score of 25-15 in the Final. With a record of 2 wins on Friday against Minto and the Fredericton A’s and a Saturday win against the Fredericton Blue Jays and loss against Fredericton Red Sox, New Maryland finished first in the tournament going into the final game. It was very hot and uncomfortable for the players, but they never gave up. We are also pleased to note that the winning pitcher was Braydon Scammell, Councillor Tim Scammell’s son. Congratulations Braydon and hats off to the team members and coaches for a job well done.
Congratulations are also due to Kate Campbell. Kate is a member of New Maryland Karate and was recently chosen as a member of the Canadian National Junior Karate Team that took part in the Pan American Tournament. The tournament included 29 countries from around the world. Kate won a Bronze Medal in the individual competition and a Bronze Medal in the team event. Excellent work Kate and congratulations on a terrific performance.
The following people and organizations received the NB Day Merit Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and volunteer work with the Village of New Maryland: Anne Palmer, Maxine Merrill, the members of the New Maryland Volunteer Fire Department and the New Maryland Home and School Association. An award with special recognition was presented to the family of the late Idella Jones.
Our Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in Council Chamber.
I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10:00am until 4:00pm and available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You may contact me through the Village Office at 451-8508 or via email at .
Food for Thought: Courage is Grace under pressure. -Ernest Hemingway
Drive carefully and pay special attention this month to the little ones heading out to school.