3rd Sackville coffee drive-thru uncertain as Town Council weighs options

Tantramar Gas Bar co-owner Wendy Alder

Tantramar Gas Bar co-owner Wendy Alder

Sackville’s mayor says town councillors will get together as soon as possible to consider options for a Robin’s Donuts drive-thru near Exit 506 off the TransCanada highway.

John Higham made the comment after Council received a report from staff planner Lori Bickford at its meeting Monday night.

The report outlined five possible options ranging from amending the town’s zoning bylaw, creating new zones specifically for Exit 506, or simply maintaining the 15-year ban on new drive-thrus in Sackville.

Bickford’s report says amending bylaws or creating new zones would take anywhere from four to 10 months and would require Town Council to pass a resolution to consider the amendment, hold a public hearing, receive the advice of the planning review committee and provide opportunity for full council debate.

According to the report, the town might also need to conduct studies to analyze potential traffic problems and determine if the land is suitable for a drive-thru. The report says that one option, creating a new development zone, would require Wendy and Kelly Alder, owners of the Ultramar gas station, to submit an engineering plan demonstrating that the site could safely accommodate a drive-thru.

Councillors seem sympathetic

Judging from their comments, a majority of councillors appear to favour changing the rules to allow the Alders to go ahead with a Robin’s Donuts restaurant and drive-thru at their Tantramar Gas Bar.

But in July, a majority on council voted against a motion to permit more drive-thrus because it appeared that changing the bylaw banning them could clear the way for several more at Exit 504 where Tim Hortons and McDonald’s already operate drive-thru windows.

Council then asked town planners to come up with ways of permitting a drive-thru at Exit 506 without having to follow a rule that says it must wait a full year before re-opening the issue.

When pressed at last night’s meeting to say if it’s fair to allow drive-thrus at one highway exit and not the other, most councillors seemed to agree that fairness was an issue given that the Alders’s Ultramar is a locally owned business while the gas stations and fast-food drive-thru franchises at Exit 504 are not locally owned.

Alders hoping for decision soon

Council is expected to discuss the drive-thru issue again at its meetings in September.

Wendy Alder says she’s hoping for a decision on changing the bylaw banning drive-thrus by the end of the year. That would give her enough time to commission an engineering study and order equipment in time for opening the Robin’s Donuts by May 1, 2017.

She says something has to be done to ensure that her business stays profitable.

“Our fuel volumes are down 25 to 30 per cent just in the month of July this year over last year,” she says adding that the July 1st increase in the New Brunswick sales tax has stopped Nova Scotians from driving across the marshes to take advantage of lower gas prices here.

She says if that continues, her business would be forced to eliminate the equivalent of one-and-a-half jobs to remain profitable.

“There’s always options of somebody buying it (the business), but that’s not where we want to go right now,” she says. “What we want to do is pursue this option with Robin’s Donuts and try and get that in.”

Excerpts from planning report

On changing the bylaw banning further drive-thrus:

“As drive-thrus have been prohibited in Town for 15-years, this would be considered a significant change in direction of the Town and therefore should not be considered lightly.”

On creating a new zone to permit more drive-thrus only at Exit 506 (Cattail Ridge Exit):

“A key principle of planning is that all properties which share a common zoning are treated the same and will be permitted to operate the same uses, provided they are capable of meeting all other requirements such as setbacks, parking, etc. Both exits have been designated under the Municipal Plan and zoned under the Zoning By-law as Highway Commercial. This was done as a recognition that both these entrances have direct access to the TransCanada Highway and the Town should take advantage of the economic opportunities that this creates for businesses and for providing commercial services in general.

“To create and apply a new zone at one of the exits would require the introduction of policy in the Municipal Plan to distinguish between the two exits. This would be challenging as Council would need to justify why it has determined that a higher level of usage would be acceptable at exit 506 and not at exit 504 (Main St. exit). In fact, the Cattail Ridge exit contains less public infrastructure to deal with future issues of congestion, whereas the Main St. exit has seen a number of public infrastructure investments to deal with this issue including traffic lights and additional turning lanes…Before introducing a new zone to the By-law, and to ensure the zone is developed appropriately a traffic study at this exit should be conducted to analyze any potential traffic issues and to determine land use suitability. This would be a cost born by the Town.”

On creating a new integrated development zone to permit a combination of uses and buildings on the same site:

“During initial discussions with the applicant, Staff identified a number of issues and concerns with the suitability of this property [Tantramar Gas Bar] for a drive thru, mainly the proximity to the propane tanks, proximity to underground and above ground gas tanks, potential traffic conflicts on site with traffic entering and exiting drive thru and those using the gas pumps and convenience store on the property. The applicant was also informed that in order to fully assess the site a professionally prepared engineered plan would be required.”

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Report shows how Sackville ended up with fast food, gasoline alley on the edge of town

Nathan Ayer

Nathan Ayer

In light of the latest proposal for a Robin’s Donuts and drive-thru at the Ultramar gas bar near Trans Canada Exit 506, it may be worth reviewing the history outlined in a 13-year-old report entitled, Things Don’t Always Turn Out as Planned: Commercial Development along the Highway in Sackville, New Brunswick (1990-2002).

The report was written by Nathan Ayer in the fall of 2002 when he was enrolled in an environmental studies class overseen by Professor Brad Walters at Mount Allison University.

“I was one of eight or nine other students in that class who, for the whole fall semester, we were examining the highway commercial zone where the McDonald’s and Irving etc. are,” Ayer says during a telephone interview with Warktimes from Halifax where he is earning a PhD in environmental management at Dalhousie University.

“As a Sackville resident who had been around when a number of those developments occurred, I wanted to do a piece on the chronology of how each development that was there had come to be and see if I could find out what was happening at the time in terms of the politics and the decision-making,” Ayer adds.

Crosswinds Hotel

Ayer’s 22-page report is based largely on news stories published by the Sackville Tribune-Post.

The stories begin in April 1990 when a company called Douglas Group Holdings, headed by Sackville resident Scott Johnson, announced plans to build a $3 million, 51-room hotel on the former Baughan’s Trucking property beside the Waterfowl Park where Home Hardware stands today.

When Sackville residents learned that the project would include an adjacent office complex and shopping mall of up to 90,000 square feet, they formed the Preserve Sackville Concerned Citizens Committee, took out a full-page newspaper ad, wrote letters opposing the development and turned out to speak against it at town council meetings.

According to Ayer’s report, members of the concerned citizens committee worried that the development would hurt tourism and local businesses.

In spite of the opposition and a recommendation against the development from the Tantramar Planning District Commission, a majority on town council consistently backed the project as a way of creating jobs and generating municipal tax revenues.

“You have to recall that at that time, they were on the verge of twinning the Trans Canada,” Ayer says, adding that plans were also underway for building the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. “I think there was a sense there was an opportunity for Sackville to become an important point on the map for people travelling the highway,” he says with convenience stores, fast food outlets and gas bars close to the highway to attract travellers who could get back on the road quickly.

In the end, the developer abandoned his plans and the Crosswinds Hotel complex was never built, but Ayer believes town council’s decision to approve it literally paved the way for later developments — ones that make the Exit 504 entrance to Sackville look just like the congested, brightly-lit, gasoline, food and shopping alleys that dot the outskirts of so many other North American cities and towns.

In Sackville’s case, Ayer’s report shows that although the town tried to pass guidelines to preserve the natural look of the area and protect its environment, councillors softened or weakened the guidelines whenever developers objected.

Opposition dwindles

Ayer says he also found that public opposition faded with time as developments such as Tim Hortons/Wendy’s received approvals in 1992-93 followed in 1994 by the Irving, McDonald’s and Esso outlets.

“I guess it just became more accepted that the town was moving in this direction and perhaps it was felt that the opposition would go unheard or not make any difference,” he says.

“That’s human nature when you stand up opposed to certain things and they happen and they become part of the town, then you maybe tend to have less energy or motivation to oppose the next one.”

Besides, he says, people get used to things that pop up gradually over time. The original proposal for a hotel complex and mall was on such a large scale and so out of character with Sackville that it naturally prompted opposition.

“Personally, when I visit Sackville now, I don’t like that highway development zone, but admittedly it has become such a normal thing to experience it that I don’t think I feel as strongly as I did 10 or 15 years ago.”

Ayer added an afterthought in an e-mail he sent Warktimes after our telephone interview:

“Thirteen years on from my undergraduate report on the highway zone, I also recognize that many Sackville residents have found employment with those businesses and made use of the services provided. Given the initial opposition to these types of developments in the highway zone in the early 1990s, it would be interesting to find out how residents view the area in the present day.”

To read Nathan Ayer’s full 2003 report click here.

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Fundy fishermen file court challenge on tidal turbines

NS Environment Minister Margaret Miller

NS Environment Minister Margaret Miller

The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association is challenging the provincial government’s decision to allow deployment of two tidal turbines in the Minas Passage near Parrsboro, N.S.

The Association filed a formal application with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court yesterday requesting a judicial order to set aside or quash last month’s decision by Margaret Miller, the provincial environment minister, authorizing installation of the turbines.

On June 20, Miller’s department issued a news release in which she is quoted as saying: “If we are to advance our collective knowledge of the turbines’ impact on our fish and marine mammals, demonstration turbines need to be in the water.”

However, in its court application, the fisherman’s association says Miller failed to consider evidence that the turbines may harm ocean wildlife species. It also makes a number of other claims including:

  • there is no adequate monitoring program in place to assess the cumulative effects of the turbines
  • the minister failed to consider historical data as well as data from fishermen and weir operators about species located at or near the test site
  • she disregarded environmental concerns expressed by the public, aboriginal people as well as the fishermen themselves and,
  • the minister failed to follow the Nova Scotia Environment Act’s requirement to apply the precautionary principle and to maintain environmental protection as essential to the integrity of ecosystems.

David Coles, the Dartmouth lawyer who filed the application on behalf of the fishermen, says the association has met with Cape Sharp Tidal, the company that plans to install two, 2MW turbines sometime this year.

Coles adds the fishermen are hoping to reach agreement with the company on environmental and economic issues without having to go to court, but had to file their application now to meet the required deadline for challenging the minister’s decision.

If the court application does go forward, the next step will happen on August 25th when a judge is expected to sort out procedural matters and set a date for a hearing.

Sarah Dawson, who speaks for Cape Sharp Tidal, said in an e-mail that the company does not comment on legal matters. She added that Cape Sharp is continuing to consult with people concerned about the turbines and has no timeline on when the first turbine might be going into the water.

The five-storey, 1,000 tonne machine is at a pier in Halifax Harbour as preparations continue for its deployment in the Minas Passage.

To read the Fisherman’s Association NS Supreme Court application and the environmental monitoring conditions imposed on the Cape Sharp Tidal project click, Amended Notice of Application.

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Sackville councillors do U-Turn on controversial drive-thru

Tantramar Gas Bar, Exit 506

Tantramar Gas Bar, Exit 506

There may be another drive-thru coffee window in Sackville after all.

Sackville Town Council has agreed to take another look at how it could allow a Robin’s Donuts drive-thru at the Ultramar gas station near Exit 506 off the Trans Canada highway.

“I think the lesson for Council is that there was limited debate,” Mayor John Higham said at council’s regular meeting on July 11. He spoke after citizens and business owners grilled councillors for more than 40 minutes about Council’s vote on July 4 not to allow any more than the two existing drive-thrus near the highway.

“Are you aware of the ripple effect you have sent to the hardworking business people of this town?” asked Anna Zappia Mann, owner of Joey’s Pizza and Pasta. “John, are you aware? I’m irate,” she added to sustained applause.

She also referred to Kelly and Wendy Alder who say that without a drive-thru at their Ultramar location, they might have to close their doors. (To read the Alders’ proposal to Council for a Robin’s Donuts and drive-thru, click here.)

“There is no future if there’s no employment today and there is no future if people like Wendy and her husband and her family are not supported,” Zappia Mann said, adding, “these people are suffering and the spirit in our town is suffering.” (To read a transcript of Anna Zappia Mann’s comments, click here.)

New councillors on hot seat

Earlier, Kerry Simpson asked Council’s newest members, Megan Mitton, Allison Butcher and Andrew Black why they voted against amending the bylaw that bans additional drive-thrus. Simpson read newspaper quotes in which all three said they were running for council partly to support business and economic development.

Mitton responded that she voted no because she was trying to strike a balance between environmental concerns over car idling, exhaust emissions and air quality on the one hand, and sustainable development on the other.

“I do support, obviously, economic development, business development. In this specific case, I decided that we shouldn’t, or I voted not to amend the bylaw,” Mitton said. “However, I’m very open to ideas around business development.”

Allison Butcher said she voted no because amending the bylaw would have allowed an unlimited number of drive-thrus in the zone near the highway.

“It was to lift the entire ban off of all the commercial districts, which would mean it would also lift the ban off of our already terribly congested Exit 504 where the high school is, where there’s so many students walking, there’s traffic congestion and there’s land for sale up there, and I couldn’t support lifting the bylaw off of that section.”

Butcher added she would vote to change the bylaw if it meant allowing only one additional drive-thru at the Ultramar.

Andrew Black seemed to agree saying that ethically he could not support several more drive-thrus but “would be more inclined to say yes” to the Alders’ specific proposal at Exit 506. (To read a transcript of Kerry Simpson’s questions and the three councillors’ answers, click here.)

What about existing drive-thrus?

Kelly Alder also polled councillors on whether they favoured closing the existing drive-thrus at McDonald’s and Tim Hortons. He referred to Councillor Bill Evans’s seven-minute statement opposing more drive-thrus at the July 4th council meeting.

Evans had ended his statement with this question: “If you want to talk about changing the legislation, how about talking about the phasing out of the two existing grandfathered drive-thrus? Otherwise, let’s leave well enough alone.” (To read excerpts from Bill Evans’s statement, click here.)

None of the councillors spoke in favour of phasing out the existing drive-thrus at Exit 504.

Bruce Phinney

Councillor Bruce Phinney

“I would never think about trying to close those other two,” said Councillor Bruce Phinney.

“First of all, you’ve got two giants that you turn around and have to take on, and I don’t think we have enough money in our budget to turn around and do so,” he said.

“And the other thing is as I said last Monday, I would support and will support and continue to support the opening of a drive-thru, Robin’s drive-thru, out at the Ultramar.”

Environmental concerns

There were few environmental concerns expressed on Monday night in contrast to the July 4 meeting a week earlier where several people spoke about such issues as the air pollution generated by idling vehicles in drive-thru lanes and the threat of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Higham read a letter from Janet Hammock asking council not to change the law to allow more drive-thrus.

“We’re trying hard here in Sackville to set an example for those who visit, showing ourselves as a place where people care about the environment and quality of the air,” Hammock wrote.

“As a long-time resident, I care about the health of our elderly and our youth and I’m glad that we have a bylaw in place now that prevents further drive-ins from being built.” (To read Janet Hammock’s letter click here.)

The mayor also read a letter from the group, EOS Eco-Energy pointing out that council has taken several steps aimed at reducing car emissions including endorsing an emissions reduction action plan in February. The letter also mentioned that last year, council passed a municipal declaration about people’s right to live in a healthy environment with a stable climate.

“There are also concerns about the impacts of a drive-thru on the neighbouring daycare’s outdoor playground and their children’s environmental health,” the letter added. (To read the EOS letter, click here.)

Planning staff to study possible steps

It became clear during the July 11 meeting that up to six of the eight councillors favoured the Alders’ application to set up a Robin’s Donuts drive-thru on their Ultramar site. But it was far less clear whether council could overturn its vote on July 4 to uphold the ban on any additional drive-thrus.

Under municipal rules, councillors may have to wait a year to take another vote unless another proposal comes forward that is substantially different from the one on July 4. At that meeting, planners recommended amending the bylaw so that any business could apply for a drive-thru near the Trans Canada.

In the end, council has decided to ask planning staff to report on other possible options, if any, at its meeting in August.

Meantime, Wendy Alder is keeping up the pressure with a petition addressed to the mayor and council on display at her Ultramar gas bar. It reads:

“On Monday, July 4th, Town Council voted against amending bylaw 244 to include drive thrus as a permitted use in highway commercial zoning areas.

“We the undersigned, citizens of Sackville, N.B. and surrounding area, feel the addition of a drive thru will aid in economic development, create jobs and sustain current jobs. We petition Council to change bylaw 244 to include drive thrus as a permitted use in the highway commercial zoning areas located at EXIT 506 only or grant an exemption for Tantramar Gas Bar (2012) Ltd.”

Alder says that so far, more than 700 people have signed.

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Sackville says no to drive-thru at Ultramar on Cattail Ridge

Kelly and Wendy Alder

Kelly and Wendy Alder

There will be no car drive-thru window and no Robin’s Donuts franchise next to the Ultramar gas station on Cattail Ridge.

Wendy Alder, who operates the Tantramar Gas Bar with her husband Kelly, failed to persuade a majority of Sackville Town Councillors at a public hearing tonight to allow the drive-thru near Exit 506 on the TransCanada Highway.

Councillors Bruce Phinney and Joyce O’Neil moved and seconded first reading of a bylaw amendment that would have permitted more drive-thrus in the highway commercial zone along the TransCanada. But Councillors Bill Evans, Allison Butcher, Andrew Black, Michael Tower and Megan Mitton voted against the motion effectively killing further consideration of the proposal.

Drive-thru jobs

Earlier during the public hearing, Wendy Alder told councillors that a Robin’s Donut franchise would create up to five jobs in addition to the six full-time and three part-time ones already at the Ultramar. She added that her business was seeking the doughnut franchise to avoid the possibility of having to close its doors.

She also said that another drive-thru would shorten the line-ups at the Tim Hortons and McDonald’s drive-thrus at Exit 504 and therefore, would not mean longer idling times and more greenhouse gas emissions.

But a letter to council from the conservation group EOS Eco-Energy called idling in drive-thrus a significant source of pollution adding that people have the right to live in a healthy environment including children who use the outdoor playground at the nearby day care centre on Bridge St.

Before the vote, Councillor Bill Evans said he saw no reason to overturn council’s original decision made 15 years ago not to allow more drive-thrus — a position council reaffirmed unanimously in January.

For his part, Terry Smith from Robin’s Maritime head office warned council that the company would not approve a donut franchise at the Ultramar gas station without a drive-thru because 78 per cent of all coffee business is transacted through such windows.

After the meeting, the Alders voiced their disappointment at council’s decision.

Kelly Alder said that in today’s competitive climate, gas stations need to diversify to survive. He added a gas station with a convenience store isn’t enough anymore and he expressed frustration at council’s opposition to another drive-thru when the ones at McDonald’s and Tim Hortons are going full tilt.

“Let’s see them close those drive-thrus,” he said bitterly.

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Fishermen pissed at environment minister’s OK to tidal turbines

Colin Sproul

Lobster fisherman Colin Sproul

Nova Scotia’s environment minister has come under fire from fishermen for approving the installation of two tidal turbines in the Minas Passage near Parrsboro.

“The environment minister has shown a shameful lack of judgment by ignoring the concerns of a broad-based list of concerned groups,” says Colin Sproul who speaks for the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association.

He adds those concerned groups include his association — the largest fisherman’s group in Nova Scotia — as well as every other fisherman’s organization in the province, plus environmentalists and First Nations.

Environment minister gives OK

On Monday, Environment Minister Margaret Miller formally authorized Cape Sharp Tidal to install two, 1,000 tonne, five-storey-high turbines in its berth at the FORCE test site off Black Rock.

“If we are to advance our collective knowledge of the turbines’ impact on our fish and marine mammals, demonstration turbines need to be in the water,” a government news release quotes her as saying.

Miller approved joint plans by the company and FORCE to monitor the effects of the turbines on marine life in spite of a scientific report from the federal department of fisheries and oceans pointing to serious deficiencies in those plans. (See my previous story.)

In light of the DFO report, Miller announced that FORCE will be required to improve its monitoring plans before the province allows any more turbines to be put in the water.

But that doesn’t satisfy Colin Sproul who accuses Miller of acting as a rubber stamp for a questionable energy project.

“I see the environment minister’s place as being important to err on the side of caution,” he says. “Her job is to protect the environment.”

Sproul vs. Cape Sharp Tidal

The fisherman’s spokesman is also unhappy with Cape Sharp Tidal for failing to consult with his group. Earlier this month, the company announced it would delay installation of the first of its two turbines while it listened to the concerns of fishermen and others worried about potential harm to the marine environment.

But the company has not met with the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association and Sarah Dawson, who speaks for the company, did not answer when asked about any meetings with other groups.

Colin Sproul says the company and FORCE have suggested getting together for an informal discussion over coffee, but he wants a public meeting where the fishermen can put their concerns on the record.

“We are more than willing to meet with Cape Sharp Tidal Ventures and with Fundy Ocean Research at any time,” he says, “but we refuse to do it unless it’s in a transparent public manner where any historic stakeholder in the Bay of Fundy, who feels they’ve been excluded, can sit down with us.”

In an e-mail to Wark Times, Sarah Dawson replied that the company imposed no conditions on any meeting with the fishermen, but she did not respond to my question asking whether Cape Sharp Tidal would participate if such a meeting were held in public.

Marine environment

Sproul is also concerned by a statement in the company’s formal environmental monitoring plan which says that the Minas Passage “does not have a diverse marine environment.” (See section 2.2.1 of its Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan)

“I almost fell out of my chair when I read it,” he says. “The Bay of Fundy is known as the most diverse marine eco-system in the world,” he adds. “And the most concentrated place for life in that eco-system is in the Minas Passage, so that statement is completely ridiculous.”

When asked if the Fisherman’s Association will seek a court injunction to stop installation of the first turbine, now sitting on a dock in Pictou, Sproul referred me to David Coles, a lawyer with the BoyneClarke legal firm in Dartmouth.

In an e-mail to Wark Times, Coles wrote: “We are reviewing the matter . I am not in a position to give details at this point.”

Meantime, when she was asked when the first turbine might be deployed, Sarah Dawson replied: “I don’t have dates to share on deployment yet.”

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Greening of Sackville: $50,000 for new trees

Red Maple on Main St.

Red Maple on Main St.

One hundred and twenty new trees will be rustling their leaves and waving their branches on the windy streets of downtown Sackville in the next few months after town council voted last night to spend $25,000 to help plant them.

The money matches a $25,000 grant the town won from CN Rail. The CN EcoConnexions program is supporting tree-planting programs this year in 30 other Canadian communities.

“There used to be 428 trees in 2004,” Councillor Allison Butcher said after moving the motion to allocate money for the project. “By 2015 we were down 168 from that.”

A news release issued after the council meeting quotes Mayor Higham as saying that the trees will have a lasting effect because they help mitigate climate change.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to increase the tree canopy in our community,” he said. “Trees not only provide a pleasant and inviting streetscape, but they also help with stormwater management and in limiting greenhouse gases.”

In an interview later, Jamie Burke senior manager of corporate projects, acknowledged that each of the 120 trees will likely cost more than $400. He pointed out, however, that the town plans to put out a tender soon seeking mature-sized trees with branches about two-metres off the ground.

“If we put seedlings on the side of the road, they’ll never last,” he said, “with snow plows and salting etc.”

He added that the tender will call for a diversity of native trees including red maple, red oak, serviceberry, white elm, and honeylocust.

Councillor Butcher said the tree-planting project must be completed by Nov. 30 and that the money will come from the town’s existing operational budget.

New town liaison committee

In bringing the tree-planting motion forward, Butcher was acting on behalf of the new Corporate Affairs & Strategic Development Committee.

Mayor Higham explained that the new committee replaces the Sustainable Committee that had been looking at the environmental sustainability of projects on a case-by-case basis over the last seven or eight years.

“It’s the feeling this should be a standard practice,” he added, “and that in addition to that we should be looking at some of the strategic items we’ve talked about throughout the election and prior to that in a comprehensive way, but also understanding the impacts on sustainability.”

Both the newly elected Allison Butcher and Megan Mitton have been appointed to the new committee.

Mitton reported last night that consultants known as The Sharp Group are already working on a new strategic plan for Sackville to replace the one that ended last year. She said that after consultations with council, staff and the public, she’s hoping the new strategic plan will be ready this fall.

In other news, councillors re-elected Joyce O’Neil last night as deputy mayor and bylaw enforcement officer Brian Bell introduced summer officers Ryan Whitton, Jackie Lawless and Jessica Mitton who are already out there looking for infractions such as unsightly and dangerous premises, parking violations and the miscreants who light illegal, outdoor fires.

Sackville bylaw enforcement officers: L-R: Ryan Whitton, Jackie Lawless, Jessica Mitton, Brian Bell

Sackville bylaw enforcement officers: L-R: Ryan Whitton, Jackie Lawless, Jessica Mitton and Brian Bell

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