St. Mary’s council

Council approves active living plan, water rates study

By Helen Murphy    

SHERBROOKE – St. Mary’s council wants residents to get moving. At May’s regular monthly meeting, council approved a new Active Living Plan. This strategy is aligned with the recent reinstatement of the active living coordinator position, which is cost-shared with the province.

The plan aims to get people in the District of St. Mary’s more active through physical activities. As part of the recreation department’s work, the Active Living Plan targets residents of all ages, with a special focus on youth and seniors. The staff position is for a one-year term but CAO Marvin MacDonald said it is expected to be renewed when a five-year agreement with the province is renewed in the coming year.

In other business, council approved a new water rates study done by a consultant. A public hearing on proposed new rates will be held on Aug. 2. Any rate changes have to be approved by the UARB. St. Mary’s has provincial and federal funding for a water line replacement. That requires a study to determine how the utility will be sustained over the long-term.

A first-year rate increase of 20 per cent is proposed for some residential customers, with much smaller increases in the following two years. These extra revenues will cover costs of the new line that are not covered through the provincial and federal funding.

Council also awarded a contract for the installation of new welcome signs at the borders of the municipality to Sheldon Rudolph Trucking in Liscomb.