Sackville opens new town hall, emer­gency ser­vices fa­cil­ity


- It was a his­toric day in Sackville last Thurs­day as the town opened the doors and wel­comed the com­mu­nity into its new mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices build­ing for the first time ever.

The new fa­cil­ity - which is bring­ing to­gether lo­cal fire­fight­ers, RCMP and town hall staff all un­der one roof - has been a project six years in the mak­ing. And so the long-awaited open­ing was a day of cel­e­bra­tion for all those in­volved in turn­ing the vi­sion into a re­al­ity.

“This is a great build­ing that has been de­signed and con­structed for our town and pro­vides a one-stop shop for our es­sen­tial ser­vices,” said Mayor Pat Estabrooks dur­ing last week’s open house event, which drew in a crowd of more than 500.

The mayor was joined by sev­eral other dig­ni­taries dur­ing the open­ing of the new $13-mil­lion fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Carolyn Ste­wart Olsen, Beause­jour MP Do­minic Leblanc, a mem­ber of the Green Mu­nic­i­pal Fund coun­cil and the FCM board Lloyd Hines, Min­is­ter of Public Safety Robert Trevors, lead en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant An­drew Amos, RCMP As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for New Brunswick Wayne Lang, and the Sackville Fire Depart­ment’s chap­lain Ver­non Vick­ruck. Also cel­e­brat­ing at the event were mem­bers of the past and cur­rent town coun­cil, town staff, fire­fight­ers and RCMP of­fi­cers.

“We hope our com­mu­nity will be very proud of this fa­cil­ity,” said Estabrooks.

She said the new fa­cil­ity, which re­places the ex­ist­ing town hall build­ing and three other out­dated and in­ef­fi­cient struc­tures, is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of what can be achieved in en­vi­ron­men­tal and work­place ef­fi­ciency.

“It’s an in­spir­ing high-per­for­mance work­place in an ef­fi­cient and eco­nom­i­cal de­sign.”

The build­ing fea­tures a wide ar­ray of en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies with an ef­fec­tive pay­back pe­riod of eight year or less. En­ergy sav­ing sys­tems in­clude a ground source heat ex­change sys­tem, heat re­cov­ery on all ex­haust air units, oc­cu­pancy sen­sors to con­trol HVAC and light­ing, day­light sens­ing light fix­tures, out­side LED fix­tures, in-floor heat­ing dis­tri­bu­tion and high-ef­fi­ciency mo­tors and starters.

The mayor said these tech­nolo­gies and ef­fi­cien­cies have re­sulted in the build­ing beat­ing the na­tional en­ergy code by more than 60 per cent and achiev­ing a LEED sil­ver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

And thanks to these sav­ings, the town was able to take ad­van­tage of fund­ing from the FCM Green Mu­nic­i­pal Fund in the amount of $1 mil­lion.

Lloyd Hines, a war­den for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the dis­trict of Guysborough and a mem­ber of the Green Mu­nic­i­pal Fund coun­cil, said he was im­pressed by the ef­fi­cien­cies and in­no­va­tion show­cased in Sackville’s new build­ing.

Hines said the $1 mil­lion grant pro­vided to this project was the largest amount given from the Green Mu­nic­i­pal Fund, which is a tes­ta­ment to the town’s com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

“You have much to be proud of,” he said. “You are show­ing other com­mu­ni­ties, large and small, what can be done.”

Lo­cal MP Do­minic Leblanc whole­heart­edly agreed.

“This fa­cil­ity is cer­tainly the envy of At­lantic Canada in what you’ve been able to ac­com­plish,” he said, “par­tic­u­larly in en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.”

Also praised last week was the shared use of space and ser­vices within the build­ing, which sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced con­struc­tion costs and will greatly re­duce the on­go­ing op­er­at­ing and main­te­nance ex­penses for years to come.

Mayor Estabrooks noted that coun­cil has also en­tered a 25-year lease with the RCMP to house the ru­ral de­tach­ment within the build­ing to fur­ther re­duce the im­pact on the tax­pay­ers for the build­ing’s cap­i­tal and op­er­at­ing costs.

“So not only will our mu­nic­i­pal RCMP be lo­cated in our emer­gency re­sponse ser­vices build­ing we are pleased to wel­come the ru­ral RCMP de­tach­ment.”

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for the RCMP Wayne Lang said hous­ing both the mu­nic­i­pal and ru­ral de­tach­ments within the same fa­cil­ity as fire­fight­ing ser­vices and mu­nic­i­pal de­part­ments will cer­tainly im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions among all par­ties and make for bet­ter part­ner­ships.

“This is a fab­u­lous day for the RCMP,” he said.

Estabrooks also raved about the new town of­fices and coun­cil cham­bers on the up­per level of the fa­cil­ity, say­ing the de­sign and the use of space were “mag­nif­i­cent.” She said the space is well lit and ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity via stairs or el­e­va­tor, and pro­vides ex­cel­lent work sta­tions and stor­age space for the staff.

The coun­cil cham­bers it­self fea­tures more seat­ing, bet­ter light­ing and sound, an au­dio vis­ual suite, built-in HD cam­eras, flat-screen mon­i­tors, and an elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tem.

The new fire and res­cue sta­tion is also ac­ces­si­ble, she said, and now meets in­dus­try stan­dards and sup­ports max­i­mum per­for­mance by the vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

And with Sackville’s renowned rep­u­ta­tion for its cul­tural life­style, the new fa­cil­ity also fea­tures sev­eral prom­i­nent works of art on dis­play in and around the build­ing –in­clud­ing a 16-foot long mo­saic panel de­pict­ing images of Sackville, a gi­gan­tic ‘Adiron­dack Fish’ paint­ing, a suite of black and white pho­to­graphs, unique blown-glass struc­tures with scenes of Sackville, and an eight-foot tall wil­low fig­ure en­ti­tled Muse on the Marsh

“Sackville is known for its arts and cul­ture, so coun­cil wanted to en­sure that this el­e­ment would be front and cen­tre in the build­ing,” said Estabrooks.

Con­sul­tant An­drew Amos said this en­tire project re­quired a “tremen­dous vi­sion” to bring it from start to fin­ish and he is pleased with the end re­sult.

“It was a lot of work and a lot of con­vinc­ing some of the naysay­ers . . . but coun­cil stayed true and rec­og­nized this was im­por­tant,” said Amos. “This is a space that works well for to­day and into the fu­ture.”

For Estabrooks, the big­gest rea­son for cel­e­brat­ing was sim­ple.

“It was built on time and on bud­get and that in it­self is a huge ac­com­plish­ment,” she said.

Sackville town hall staff and lo­cal fire­fight­ers will of­fi­cially move into the fa­cil­ity this week, while the RCMP are ex­pected to move in some­time in April.

Above, Wayne Lang, RCMP as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner for New Brunswick, was among the many dig­ni­taries on hand for the open­ing of Sackville’s new mu­nic­i­pal build­ing last Thurs­day. The event drew about 500 peo­ple who came out for the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony...

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