Dear Facebook friends; It’s been a while and I’ve missed you! So many exciting things happening. My wife and I found out we are having a baby girl in January, summer camp wrapped up at the Club and fall programming has started! On top of that we’ve had some great things happening in the town. Below I’m posting some highlights from our communications department but before that I have a few highlights to throw in! I’m ready to write so I hope you’re ready to read J
First, a project I’m particularly excited about: This summer we approved a new Traffic Calming Policy which is GREAT for residents. This new plan creates a means of having residents identify to Public Works streets that could really use some traffic calming. Once you make your request, they will evaluate your street and work with you and fellow residents on your street to come up with the best solution for traffic calming. Goldsborro Ave has been selected as a pilot street.
Another point of information is with regard to grants. Every month the town gives out small sponsorships. This could be for things like students traveling to provincial or national sporting events, non-profit organization fundraisers etc… This year there have been so many requests that our grant fund has unfortunately bee depleted and we can no longer take requests. Council has also approved a new grants policy that clearly outlines the eligibility requirements for these sponsorships. Basically, we are requiring that requests for funding be able to prove that they are in line with our strategic plan AND in line with our new Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.
Speaking of the ICSP, Council has formally approved the plan put forward by the Envision Riverview committee, which I had the pleasure of being a part of. The sustainable development committee worked hard to build a sustainable development plan for the Town of Riverview. The recommendations serve to align priorities of our departments with a sustainable vision covering everything from arts and culture, economic development, infrastructure, the environment and more. The report should be made available online soon. One big piece to take away is that building a sustainable community requires each and every one of us to get involved. There are lots of things you can do to support sustainable development so I encourage everyone to read the full report once it is released!
Council adopted a recommendation from a committee of residents on compensation for Council which saw increases for the Deputy Mayor of $1000 and the $5000 for the Mayor. It also recommends that a standard CPI increase for Council become mandatory. These changes will only take affect once a new Council is sworn in next Spring. The reason that this was implemented was to prevent Council from having to debate it’s own compensation and to ensure that, when the next Council is elected, they will not have to immediately debate this issue.
You’ve probably noticed that Coverdale Rd was repaved as well. We were thrilled that this work has been completed and the repairs were made from the previous contracted paving job that left many cracks and holes in the road. Sorry about your tires!
Council and Staff are in the pre-budget stage as well. Preparations are underway for drafting the 2016 budget. What priorities would you like Council to focus on? We have set some parameters through the approval of our ICSP and the adoption of the 5 and 10 year capital plans already.
Council awarded an RFP for a Biomass Boiler for the new Operations Centre to Design Built Mechanical Inc.
Just a reminder that after Oct 31, residents are not permitted to have chattels parked in driveways. This is for things like large trucks or RVs. As the weeks progress we get closer to that magical time of year when you can no longer park on the street as well. I know winter is a tough time for many Canadians, but fortunately we live in Riverview and our Parks and Rec department is amazing and so winter is just an extension of the summer fun we just had! So don’t ruin that fun for yourself by getting a fine for parking on the road when you’re not supposed to! No worries, you still have more than a month of road parking left. I know, you’re mad I brought winter into this. It had to happen at some time. I trust you won’t hold it against me for long!
Below I’ve included the highlights from September from our communications department.
Ca-R-Ma Cat Rescue Maritimes
Council discussed options regarding the service provided by Ca-R-Ma Cat Rescue Maritimes, a non-profit organization that works to humanely reduce feral cat populations in our community. Council made a motion to continue to use the Trap-Neuter-Return program offered by CARMA in the Warren Avenue area, where residents have brought forward concerns about a growing population of feral cats. If the issue is not solved within a six month period, it will return to Council for further action.
Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act CAO Colin Smith was appointed to be the head of the public body, as required by the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
416 Pine Glen Road
Council made a motion to prescribe standard for a 1.5 metre screening fence along the northern boundary of a non-conforming property located at 416 Pine Glen Road.
Road repairs on Route 114
Director of Engineering and Public Works Michel Ouellet shared with Council correspondence from Province of New Brunswick indicating that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will perform repairs and paving on Route 114 (Coverdale Road). The work is scheduled to start on Monday, September 21 and last for 5 days. The public will be notified via communication from DTI and the Town of Riverview.
Codiac Transpo Survey CAO Colin Smith updated Council on the community engagement process regarding the proposed changes to the Codiac Transpo bus routes in Riverview. To date, 250 responses have been received from riders and non-riders. Residents can take the survey at www.townofriverview.ca/transit until Sept. 23. Staff will compile and analyze feedback for a report to Council before the 2016 budget deliberations.
Grants $120 - Council purchased 3 tickets at $40 each for the United Way 2015 Kick Off Campaign (Sept 19). $100 - Council sponsored a lane for the Junior Achievement of NB Annual Bowlathan (Nov. 6) $160 - Council purchased a table for 8 to the Mayors Prayer Breakfast (Oct. 16) $1000 - Council approved a sponsorship agreement for the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards (Oct. 29) $500 - Council approved a sponsorship for the Moncton Duplicate Bridge Club $1200 - Council awarded individual grants to 12 players with the Riverview Soccer Association's U14 Premier Girls team to compete in St. John's, NF (Oct. 6-12).
As always, if you have any questions comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to get at me! You can visit www.andrewjleblanc.com for previous highlights!
SHAMELESS PROMOTION SPOTS:
Big props to our entire staff team at the Boys & Girls Club. We have revamped our Daycare program and, though I may be biased, it’s AWESOME. Get on our waiting list, stat. We’ve begun new programming for youth during the after school hours at Riverview East school and our Raising the Grade and Hillsborough programs are picking up speed as well with numbers always on the rise. None of it could happen without the great team that we have so congrats to you all for being so great!
The Riverview Arts Centre has had some awesome shows so far this year….none of which I have been able to attend L The good news is that they have many more coming up, so don’t miss out on experiencing the local arts scene with some great performances.
Lastly, the band I’m in, The AJs, is playing at the Monster Trot and Bar-Boo-Que fundraiser for the Atlantic Wellness Community Center on October 31 from 11:30 to 1:30 at Centennial Park. Check out AWCC on Facebook for more info on this great event and how you can be involved