Sackville Mayoralty candidate Shawn Mesheau is calling for restoration of citizen committees to advise town council on how to improve day-to-day services.
“Years ago when I first sat on council, we had a parks advisory committee, we had a recreation advisory committee [and] I’ve sat myself personally on a police advisory committee,” Mesheau said today during a telephone interview.
He also outlined his ideas in a news release that mentions the Age Friendly committee spearheaded by former Mayor Pat Estabrooks.
Mesheau says the committees consisted of four or five community members assisted by a town staff person.
“They became the outreach for the municipality,” he says. “Those folks were tasked with going out into the community and talking to people.”
He adds that the committees would bring recommendations back to council on community needs.
“Maybe we’re seeing future growth, residential growth in certain areas, so maybe the community should be looking at additional trails in that area, it’s that type of feedback.”
He said town council wasn’t involved in the police advisory committee that he served on.
“We did the leg work. We reached out to the Seniors’ Club, we reached out to the university, we reached out to the schools and we had those types of discussions of what do you foresee as policing needs,” he said.
“Then we brought that in and we broke it down and then reported back to council saying ‘listen this is what we’re hearing, this is what people are telling us, so here’s some suggestions and recommendations.'”
Mesheau says the citizen committees would help keep town council more in touch with residents.
“It keeps us in tune as elected officials to the community and the needs of the community.”