New Maryland Centre - Solar Energy Generation System - 2017
The official opening of the New Maryland Centre’s new Solar Energy Generation System was held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12 noon. In attendance were the Mayor and members of Village Council, MP Matt DeCourcey, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), MLA Jeff Carr, Village staff and members of the Solar Energy Research Committee.
The project was developed as a result of Village Council identifying as one of its strategic goals the promotion of a green and energy efficient community that is resilient to climate change. The 8.1 – kilowatt solar panel array, which is also the Village’s first ever clean energy project, is located on the roof of the New Maryland Centre and will result in operational savings for the Village of New Maryland and contribute to the vitally important objective of moving toward more sustainable sources of energy for Village operations. The project contractor, Epic Energy Inc., proposed the installation of solar modules produced by Canadian manufacturer Heliene Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Enphase microinverter components manufactured at the Flextronics Canada facility in Newmarket, Ontario. Epic Energy is based in Tracey, New Brunswick.
This project came to fruition through an important funding partnership between the Village of New Maryland and the Government of Canada under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The financial contribution of $15,050 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) via the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was instrumental in the Village achieving such valued improvements to the New Maryland Centre, and implementing its vision of using cleaner and greener sources of energy for its municipal operations. Special thanks to D.A. Neville at ACOA, who coordinated the important funding partnership for this project.
The Mayor and Village Council is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with ACOA in funding such an exciting and innovative project. Mayor and Council also extends their gratitude to: the members of the Solar Energy Research Ad hoc Committee, who researched and provided a recommendation to Council on the feasibility of the project; Andrew McLeod, CEO with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGNB) who offered input and guidance to the committee; Jean-Pierre Ouellette with the Metering & Renewable Energy Department at NB Power who provided technical and procedural direction; collaborators Richard Knappe and Rudi Fowler of Epic Energy; and Steve McLaggan of Ace Engineering who assisted with the structural review and design elements.
A video of the new solar panel array at the New Maryland Centre can be found on Epic Energy Solutions’ Facebook page:
Real-time solar energy production data can be viewed at:
Tree Canada Project - 2017
On Saturday, October 21st, 2017 Village Council hosted a Canada 150 – Tree Canada Ceremony. The Village of New Maryland is pleased to be a successful recipient of a Canada 150 grant from Tree Canada, “Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 Legacy Program”. The Village would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support of this project and recognize CN (Canadian National), a partner of Tree Canada, who has generously agreed to completely cover the cost of our commemorative plaque.
The Village would also like to thank Tree Canada for their dedication to pursuing a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. In addition, the Village also want to extend a huge thank you to the First New Maryland Girl Guides and First New Maryland Boy Scouts who assisted in planting the trees and to MW Price & Sons who graciously donated the boulder for mounting the plaque.
The grant funds were used to purchase trees to beautify the recently constructed Centennial Gardens Attenuation Pond. The project included planting groups of White Spruce, Balsam Fir (New Brunswick’s Arboreal Emblem), Red Maple (Canada’s Arboreal Emblem) and White Birch, which is used by local First Nation peoples.
There are many benefits from planting the trees – they add to the aesthetics of the pond, they will provide a diverse natural barrier in reducing the effects of blowing snow common to this area of the New Maryland Highway, and they will help clean the air, provide oxygen and combat climate change.
Taking part in the Ceremony was Joe-Anne Linton, on behalf of MP Matt DeCourcey, Nairn Hay, representing Tree Canada, First New Maryland Girls Guides and Boy Scouts as well as members of New Maryland Council.
We are honored to be selected for the Canada 150 – Tree Canada Program.
Village of New Maryland Canada 150 Project - Summer 2018
This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the birth of our nation. The Village of New Maryland submitted a proposal to the Program for municipal development to commemorate Canada 150. We are pleased to announce the Village has been granted financial assistance on this project.
The project consists of installing 13 solar-powered light poles along our New Maryland Highway sidewalk, which runs through the Village from Atkinson Lane to Sunrise Estates Drive. The light poles will have banner arms to allow the display of banners to commemorate events throughout the year.
In addition to the existing planters and benches, 5 more flower planters and 3 more park benches will be installed to enhance and beautify our central core and provide a place to rest.
The project will be completed in early 2018.
Route 101 Upgrade Phase 1 - Summer 2017
As part of a five-year plan, the Village of New Maryland in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure made improvements to Route 101 between Baker Brook and MacIntosh Drive. The project consists of concrete curb repair, manhole structure repair and adjustment, road crossing repair (frost heaves), cold milling, asphalt paving, shoulder repair and pavement markings. DTI partnered with the Village on this project with the Village’s contribution to the project being 15%.
Sunrise Estates Drive Culvert Replacement 2017
The project consists of replacing the existing 750mm culvert near the entrance to Sunrise Estates Drive with two 900mm diameter concrete culverts and related site restoration. This culvert replacement requirement was identified during the Village’s recent Stormwater Study. The new twin culverts were upgraded to meet the Village’s Stormwater Management Policy for 1 in 100 year plus 20% storm events.
2017 Sidewalk Installation along Carlough Street, Cortland Street and MacIntosh Drive
The scope of work for this project included the installation of a 1.8-meter-wide sidewalk with a 2.0-meter boulevard along the east side of Carlough Street and the north side of MacIntosh Drive. A 2.0-meter-wide sidewalk will be installed along the north side of Cortland Street from Carlough Street to MacIntosh Drive. In addition to the sidewalk installations, approximately 60 meters of MacIntosh Drive was realigned in the proximity of civic 36 MacIntosh Drive.
Orchard Park Playground
The Village of New Maryland Recreation & Leisure Services Department is replacing the two aging pieces of equipment at Orchard Park with one new structure that will offer play events for ages 18 months—12 years.
The playground equipment is currently being dismantled and the new structure will be installed starting next week. We are very pleased to continue on the path of proactively updating our playground equipment over the next few years.
For more information, please contact Michelle in the Recreation & Leisure Services Department at 458-6094 or feel free to send her an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centennial Park Project
July 7 – The Centennial Park Playground Upgrade is now complete and the park has re-opened. The play structure has activities for kids ages ranging from 18 months to 12 years. The spring toy is for ages 2 and up.
The Centennial Park playground is getting a makeover! A new Little Tikes commercial play structure will replace the current metal one and work will begin late June. The new structure will have nine separate “play events” and has activities for children between the ages of 2 and 12. A new spring toy will also be installed. For more information, feel free to contact Michelle in the Recreation Department.
Athletic Park Soccer Field Opens in New Maryland - 2015
NEW MARYLAND, NB – JUNE 29, 2015 – New Maryland Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, were on-site with Municipal officials and members of the New Maryland Soccer Association to officially open the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field.
“After waiting patiently for the past year for our new soccer field to mature we are pleased to announce the grand opening” stated Mayor Wilson-Shee. “We are excited to be able to offer a regulation size and safe playing field to the growing number of soccer members in our community. The infrastructure improvements to the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field has provided a quality recreational area that will be enjoyed by our youth for many years to come”.
The re-development of the Athletic Park Soccer Field included improvements to the playing surface, the installation of a storm water drainage and attenuation system, and the construction of an access road and driveway, as well as related topographic survey and geotechnical investigation. In addition, perimeter fencing, bleachers, and nets were installed. These improvements will increase the safety of players at the field as well as encourage physical activity and participation.
“Our Government is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian families, developing prosperous communities and modernizing community infrastructure,” said MP Ashfield, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). The revitalization of the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field means improved accessibility, increased safety and more opportunities for people to come out and participate in sports, recreation and community events. This quality recreational facility will benefit the community and surrounding areas for many years to come.”
“The addition of this new field in Athletic Park allows the soccer program in New Maryland to be centralized in one location” noted New Maryland Soccer Association President Mike Pope. “The majority of our micro kids were playing soccer at a park that was not designed for that purpose. Adding this field to the recreation hub of New Maryland will build on the spirit of this community and will give our kids the chance to play this great game in a place where it is supposed to be played.”
The total cost of the project was $500,400. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, approved a contribution of $203,000 under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) toward this project while the Village of New Maryland contributed $297,400.
Forbes Property Redevelopment Project - 2011
Water Tower Project - 2010
One of the largest projects that the Village is currently working on is the Water Tower Project. The official title of this project is the “Building Canada Fund-Communities Component, Proposed Water Supply System Upgrades”. In April 2009 we received approval for funding through the Infrastructure Program. The total cost of the project is $4.6 million dollars and each level of government (municipal, provincial and federal) will contribute 1/3 of the funds.
The project includes specific and significant infrastructure upgrades and modifications to improve various supply, storage and distribution components of the municipal water system. The proposed upgrades and modifications are aimed at enhancing system reliability, flexibility and expandability, increasing water storage capacity, and improving the interconnection between adjacent neighborhood water systems.
The project consists of nine sub-projects or activities listed below:
Well Pump/Controls Replacement;
Interconnecting Water Main;
Elevated Water Reservoir (water tower);
Decommission Reservoir/Booster Station;
In-line Blending System;
Decommission Waste Stabilization Pond;
It is important to note that the completion of the project will improve the storage capacity of our system, however it does not provide an additional water supply source. The Village is concurrently involved in an extensive wellfield exploration project.
To date we have issued three tenders for the water tower project. Contract One was for the installation of ten hydrants and two gate valves. This is only a small portion of the number of hydrants that will be installed for the project. These hydrants were installed in conjunction with the 2009 Street Improvement Program and the remainder of the hydrants will be installed in 2010. You may have noted that the hydrants in the Village are currently painted black. This is to indicate that they are operational for flushing the utility lines only, and not for firefighting capabilities. The new storage tower will provide us with the necessary capacity for firefighting capabilities and once on-line, all of the hydrants in the Village will be painted red to indicate their operational status. The work detailed in Contract One has been completed.
Contract Two is for the elevated water storage reservoir, or water tower. The reservoir represents the cornerstone component of the project. The tower is located to the west of the New Maryland Elementary School, at the end of Sprucewood Drive. The storage capacity of 460,000 gallons will be capable of satisfying peak water demands, fire-fighting flows and emergency water uses for an equivalent service population totaling approximately 3600 people. This contract was issued in September of 2009 and the tower is currently under construction. We will continue to add photos to the website to keep our residents apprised of the status of the construction.
Contract Three was issued in August 2009 for the Interconnecting Water Mains and Access Roadway. This component will create the access roadway and will replace and upgrade key piping sections that hydraulically limit the water delivery to the water distribution network piping and the proposed elevated water storage reservoir. This upgrade will ensure adequate flow capacities from the water supply wells are achieved and maintained, and that the pumping energy needed to deliver water to the elevated reservoir is minimized.
The remainder of the tenders will be issued in early 2010 and we hope to have the new system operational by November 2010. We will provide status reports and updates as contracts are issued throughout the project.