APRIL 25, 2022
TIME: 7:00 pm
Attendance: Mayor Tom Eagles, Deputy Mayor Gary Harding, Councillor Tim Corbin, Councillor Sharon DeWitt, Councillor Wright
Staff: Patty St. Peter, Chief Administrative Officer
Press: Corrine Fitzherbert – Brunswick News
1. Call to Order at 6:59 p.m.
2. Opening Prayer: Mayor Eagles lead the meeting in the Lord’s Prayer
Mayor Eagles welcomed those in attendance.
3. Recording of attendance
4. Disclosure of Conflict of Interest – None
5. Approval of Agenda
Mayor Eagles advised that an addition to the agenda under #10 Business Arising from Minutes a) Welcome Centre Lightening.
6. Approval of Minutes
Councillor Corbin noted the minutes indicated he seconded a motion but was absent from the meeting. CAO advised this will be corrected.
7. Apraxia Awareness Day Proclamation
Whereas childhood apraxia of speech is a challenging speech disorder that affects nearly 1-in-1,000 children.
Whereas children with childhood apraxia of speech will not learn to speak without frequent, intensive, and appropriate speech therapy.
Whereas, a lack of appropriate speech therapy intervention may impact not only communication, but also individual outcomes in education, independence, mental wellness, and employment
Whereas public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech in Village of Plaster Rock is essential for families of children with childhood apraxia of speech and the professional who support them to best advocate for needed services for children learning to use their own voice.
Whereas our highest respect goes to children with childhood apraxia of speech and to their families for their effort, determination, and resilience in the face of obstacles.
Therefore, I, Tom Eagles, Mayor do hereby proclaim May 14th, 2022, as Apraxia Awareness Day in the Village of Plaster Rock.
Apraxia kids is the leading non-profit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech. Please visit www.apraxia-kids.org for more information.
8. Committee Reports:
Regional Service Commission
The Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be in person on Wednesday but has since been rescheduled as a virtual meeting. There will be a zoom advisory reform for RSC scheduled today. A presentation was given by Ignite on Economic Development to the CAO working group and the advisory committee. The board will decide on Wednesday night should they want to proceed further with Ignite Group.
RSC-RCMP Sub Committee
There is nothing to report today. Mayor Eagles noted in the last six months the RCMP presence in the community seems to be more apparent.
There will be a meeting in May
Deputy Mayor Gary Harding
- Plowed snow
- Cleaned hydrants
- Pushed back and moved banks
- Complete rear brake job on Cube Van
- Rear wheel seal replaced on Cube Van
- Brake shields replaced on plow truck
- Repaired tire on loader
- Cold patch on Main Street and Fraser Street
- New cutting edge on Plow Truck
- Repaired plow shoes on Plow Truck
- Repairs done to trackless blower
- New air bag on Plow Truck
- Ran generator at booster for maintenance
- Found water leak at river preparing to dig
- Cleaned up shop
- Organized tools
- Tried to thaw water at 140 Main Street (Would not thaw)
- Checked some summer equipment
- Worked on map
Will be purchasing additional cold patch to do more patching. Sweeping of streets will continue once we receive more rain.
Tobique Forestry Advisory Committee
A meeting was held on March 29th. Chris Stacey will be looking after the land usage department for Acadian Timber. Land passes will no longer be available at stores only be purchase online or at St. Quentin Gate House. Camping sites at Sisson Brook, Trousers Lake, and Riley Lake will be expanding. Deputy Mayor Gary Harding noted the village needs to improve ours to attract campers to our park.
Clean up is scheduled sometime in May
Councillor Tim Corbin
Recreation and Facility Maintenance
Councillor Tony Wright
- 1 Structure Fire
- 1 Transport Truck Accident
- 1 Snowmobile Accident
- 1 Chimney Fire
- 1 Lift Assist for ANB
- 1 Motor Vehicle Accident
Councillor Sharon DeWitt
For the month of March 2022
MONTHLY INCOME EXPENSE
GENERAL $149,560.62 $ 82,759.78
WATER & SEWER $ 32,401.20 $ 17,899.80
TOTAL $181,961.82 $100,659.58
Councillor DeWitt stated the amounts given are not actual monthly totals as all invoices have yet to be received.
Library programming has resumed fully. Story hour is being held each week. Noon hour and after school programs are back for students. The Royal Bank will be presenting two programs on on-line banking on April 28 and May 3, one evening and one afternoon. Talk With Me will be here in May to do 4 sessions of Songs and Rhymes for preschoolers, and we will be putting on a 5-week Welcome to Kindergarten program for pre-k children in May and June. The Newcomer’s program is now planned for May 26th, a Thursday evening. Various volunteer groups from the community will be invited to attend. Promotion will be through Facebook, talk mail, and posters.
We are in consideration for a Canada Summer Jobs student position as well and hope to receive an answer before the end of last month.
We have received one quote for the library painting, at a price of $3795. Carolyn moved and Sharon seconded that we go ahead with this quote and book the painter in at the end of June to begin the painting.
Tobique Valley Community Health Centre Advisory Committee
The items agreed upon by council to be inserted in the doctor initiative package will be forwarded to Danny Braun.
Mayor Eagles asked council to entertain a motion for approval of accounts payable and committee reports.
Mayor Eagles advised that Richard Bragdon’s office reached out to him concerning the villages Canada Summer Job Program application.
Councillor Wright questioned if there was only one quote received for the painting at the library. Councillor DeWitt advised to her knowledge yes.
9. Chief Administrative Officer Report
- Correspondence forwarded addressing items discussed from previous meetings completed
- Agenda, admin report and financial report for meeting
- Operational Administration duties
- Payroll (direct)
- Provided Dept. Heads with their departmental financial reports for February
- Providing required information to the auditor
- Participated in Zoom meeting for Entity 78 for local reform
- Summer Student funding for one student under SEED and 6 positions under Canada Summer Jobs
- Zoom meeting with Entity 78 Advisory committee on April 21st with an in-person meeting scheduled on April 25th
- RSC Working group and transition committee on April 25th
- I missed a couple of zoom meetings with Western Valley CAOs/Clerks
MOTION: The Chief Administrative Officer report be accepted – Councillor DeWitt, Councillor Corbin Motion Carried – 2022-45
10. Business Arising from the Minutes
a) Welcome Centre Lightening
Mayor Eagles advised a quote was provided in the amount of $4025.00 to upgrade the lighting in the welcome center main area as the kitchen area lighting has already been upgraded. The CAO was asked to review the budget to see if funds could be found to complete this work.
10. New Business
a) Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Honorable Jill Hunter advising the department is unable to provide project funding to the village in 2022 as the funding requests far outweigh the financial resources available for this program.
b) Summer Fest – Fireworks
Deputy Mayor Harding questioned Tim if he was available with the dates to ignite the fireworks. Councillor Corbin replied he is available.
a) NB Organ and Tissue Program Horizon Health Network – Raising Awareness for organ and tissue donation on Green Shirt Day, on Thursday, April 7th, and during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week from April 24-30.
12. Next Meeting Date
13. Closed Session – Labour
MOTION: Meeting resume into regular session @ 8:31 p.m. – Councillor Wright,
Deputy Mayor Harding – Motion Carried – 2022-49
Motion Carried – 2022-51
Tom Eagles, Mayor Patty St. Peter, CAO/Clerk