Coun­cil ap­proves pur­chases for Sackville Fire & Res­cue equip­ment

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Fol­low­ing are four note­wor­thy take­aways from Sackville Town Coun­cil’s Septem­ber meet­ings:

n1. Up­grade re­quired for wa­ter me­ter read­ing equip­ment

The town’s wa­ter me­ter read­ing equip­ment will soon be get­ting an up­grade.

At its Sept. 10 meet­ing, coun­cil ap­proved the up­grade to the town’s ve­hi­cle read­ing unit and hand­held units that al­lows staff to read wa­ter me­ters, through ra­dio fre­quency, while driv­ing by.

Trea­surer Michael Beal ex­plained the up­grade is nec­es­sary since the ra­dio-read de­vices used cur­rently by the town are no longer in pro­duc­tion and will all even­tu­ally need to be re­placed.

Although the town’s equip­ment will still be able to read the ex­ist­ing ra­dio, read de­vices that are in play un­til they are re­placed with the newer and more pow­er­ful “smart­points,” Beal said the read­ing units do re­quire this lat­est add-on.

Beal also noted the com­pany, Cen­sus Sco­tia Tech, agreed to in­clude 25 free smart­points and 25 free me­ters into the pack­age deal, which comes with a $29,500 price tag. He said that is about 40 per cent sav­ings off of the cost of pur­chas­ing those items down the road.

Beal said the changeover to the ‘smart­point’ de­vices on all 2,000 me­ters will be done in a phased ap­proach and will likely take about 20 years.

“We’re not in a posi­ton to change out all of the read­ing de­vices that are cur­rently at­tached to the me­ters. That would be a cost in the range of $400,000.”

n2. Lots of in­ter­est in va­cant by­law of­fi­cer po­si­tion

More than 80 ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived for the town’s by­law en­force­ment of­fi­cer po­si­tion.

The po­si­tion be­came va­cant in July when for­mer by­law of­fi­cer Brian Bell, who had been at town hall for three years, stepped down af­ter ac­cept­ing a job else­where.

A to­tal of 82 ap­pli­cants had sent in their re­sumes by the Aug. 24 clos­ing date. The ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing re­viewed in prepa­ra­tion for nar­row­ing them down to a short list for in­ter­views.

In the mean­time, the town has hired Brooke Wil­son on a short­term con­tract ba­sis to fill the gap un­til some­one new is hired.

n3. Exit 506 area next in line for provin­cial road fund­ing

The town of Sackville has handed over its ‘wish list’ to the provin­cial govern­ment for road­work it would like to see com­pleted over the next five years. And the pri­or­i­ties have shifted a bit from the pre­vi­ous five-year plan.

Coun­cil has amended the list to put Exit 506 at the top, ahead of the other projects, to try and get work done along the sec­tion of Cat­tail Ridge and Bridge Street. Town en­gi­neer Dwayne Ac­ton said work in the Exit 506 area, which was rec­om­mended as part of a study ear­lier this year, could in­clude up­grades to the Bridge Street/cat­tail Ridge in­ter­sec­tion, side­walks, curb and gut­ter, and bike lanes.

Coun. An­drew Black said he agreed whole­heart­edly with switch­ing around the projects in or­der to put this one at the top.

“My hope is that if we get some curb and gut­ter and some nice side­walks in there, it will sort of en­tice peo­ple to want to de­velop that area, which it def­i­nitely needs.”

The pro­posed five-year wish list, which sets out what work the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would like to see done on provin­cially des­ig­nated high­ways, is sent ev­ery year to the New Bruns­wick Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture.

The next pro­posed project on the list would be road re­con­struc­tion of a 300-me­tre sec­tion of Queens Road, from Main Street to Hill­crest.

That would be fol­lowed up in 2021 by pav­ing of Route 106, from the Route 935 in­ter­sec­tion to the sec­tion known as Carter’s turn. This was the project orig­i­nally pro­posed for 2019.

In 2022, the pro­posed work would con­sist of road re­con­struc­tion of a 280-me­tre sec­tion of Queens Road, from Hill­crest Street to Fair­field Road.

The 2023 project would con­sist of the fi­nal phase of the as­phalt resur­fac­ing of Route 106, from Carter’s turn to the town lim­its.

These projects will all de­pend on avail­abil­ity of funds and ap­proval at the provin­cial level.

n4. New fire gear on its way Sackville’s fire depart­ment will be up­dat­ing some of its gear in 2018.

Town coun­cil ap­proved sev­eral pur­chases for Sackville Fire & Res­cue dur­ing its monthly meet­ing Sept. 10, which in­cludes 11 new self-con­tained breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus (SCBAS), 27 4,500 psi car­bon-wrapped cylin­ders, and two spare har­nesses for the SCBAS.

Fire chief Craig Bowser said this pur­chase is part of a phased ap­proach to up­grade all of the depart­ment’s SCBAS to meet new provin­cial stan­dards.

“This is the sec­ond part of the phase. We do have one again next year as part of the plan, and that will com­plete the up­grades to our self-con­tained breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus,” said Bowser.

The items come with a to­tal price tag of about $130,000 from Mic­mac Fire and Safety Source of Fred­er­ic­ton, slightly un­der what was bud­geted for the equip­ment.

Mean­while, coun­cil also ap­proved 20 sets of the depart­ment’s out­dated bunker gear to be de­clared as sur­plus and au­tho­rized them to be do­nated to Do­mini­can Mis­sions Team Life Aid.

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