Councillors Column - September 2010

Here’s this months councillors column provided by Barry Dalrymple.

“As we move into Fall there is little question we are finishing one of the nicest Summers in a very long time, lots of sunshine and warm temperatures contributed to many extremely successful community events. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the volunteers who help make out communities such wonderful places to live but this month I would like to single out the Community Festival Committee’s. We had a hugely successful first time ever Fall River Canal Days in July along with big turn outs at the Beaver Bank & Lakeview Canada Day events, these were followed in August by another very successful week-end of Keloose Fair and the season ended last week with Waverley’s Gold rush Days which included a sold out Klondike Night – congratulations to all, myself and the HRM are very pleased to have been able to sponsor and assist in these fun community festivals.

As Summer sports wind down I would like to also congratulate the players and coaches of the LWF Minor Baseball Association & the Tri County organization. LWF teams won league championships in Bantam and Mosquito Divisions and its Tri County Midget team put in a great performance at the Canadian National Championships. With over 400 kids we desperately needed more fields and we thank the community of Grand Lake for its partnership and offer of its ball field in return for our maintaining and upkeep of the field and rebuilding of dug-outs, bleachers etc – baseball made a very big return to Grand Lake this Summer.

A number of this years Parks & Playground projects have recently been finished or are very close to being completed. New playgrounds being installed at schools are almost complete at Waverley Elementary and Beaver Bank Monarch while the tender for the new one at Delaney Drive has been issued with work to be done asap. The new bike parks at Delaney and Beaver Bank Commons are in and finished and new additional equipment at the Beaver Bank Skate Park is also complete. We have already begun planning and fund raising phases for recreation or playgrounds for next year for Grand Lake, Lakeview, Oaken Hills, Lost Creek & HT Barrett School.

Very unfortunately, not always does the work of volunteers and residents get rewarded. Last month the Provincial Gov’t and its Dept of Natural Resources decided to turn down the request from the Waverley Sports Park Board to partner with TreeGo and bring an exciting recreational outdoor adventure park that is wildly successful all over the world. At a time when jobs are being lost and residents are flocking to Moncton and other places a wonderful opportunity that would have been terrific for this area and for the entire local community and one which would not have cost the Gov’t one cent was turned away at the last minute leaving the volunteer board wondering if its worth staying on.

Coming up next week is the one year anniversary date of the loss of our Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre and I want to pass on my deepest appreciation to those residents on the Re-building and the Fundraising Committees who have worked tirelessly on getting this Centre back up and running.l I can assure residents that a phenominal amount of work has been done and the design phase is almost complete. The tender to begin drilling bore holes for the geo thermal heating system went out last week and we are getting close to seeing actual site work done. You will see a bigger, better building beginning soon.

Most of you have also seen many of this years Municipal Operations projects in the area finishing up, we had a very good Spring with projects and I am pleased to say, an even better late Summer/Fall. The re-paving of Windgate Drive is complete and Jamieson Drive in Fall River is getting close to finished, the streets in Brookhill Estates in Grand Lake are about halfway done and should be finished by the time this is published. We do apologize for occasional road closures but there are times it is impossible not to do them, recently Windgate had to be closed off for a day to allow the replacement of a major culvert there and currently the Cobequid Road between Waverley & Windsor Jct is closed as we are replacing the entire Robinson Bridge. After a bit of a delay the new side-walks are currently being installed on the Beaver Bank Road so please expect some delay through there but its worth it.

I know many of you have been asking about the transit situation in Beaver Bank, after meeting with residents last month we have formed a Committee to assist with this and they have met every week since. In response to a Motion I made to Council 6 weeks ago about options and costs of keeping our runs the Committee has come up with a written proposal which is being handed to Transit to cost out. I also ask residents to sign the petition going around the community and I am aware that over 1,000 of you have already signed – thank you. As of this past Tuesday Councilor’s Adams and Hendsbee and their Committee’s will also be meeting with us for a joint proposal to go forth to Council, we will keep you posted in this regard.

For Fall River residents the Development Agreement request that Sobeys has in to HRM to allow for expansion of their main store and erection of additional buildings on site is very close to being completed and I expect that within the next 2 weeks I will be able to give notice of a Public Meeting sometime in October on this request.

I’ll end this column with two pieces of information for you, one is for those new to the area or who may not know the HRM Service line is 490-4000, it is open and will be answered from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you have a request for an HRM Service such as pot holes, mowing or missing street light, please report it in, a file will be taken and dispatched to the appropriate dept. and you will be given a file number in case of need for follow up.

Finally, school is in and students are settling into their school year but speed zones are reduced near schools and you mush slow down. Speeding continues to be a problem all through our sub-divisions and streets and I continue to request even more speed patrols and tickets, there is no excuse for being in a hurry on our residential streets.

Enjoy our beautiful Nova Scotia Fall Season,
Barry Dalrymple”

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