Sackville Council Public Discussion Meeting- June, 2010

Sackville’s proposed new emergency services and town hall facility is eligible to receive up to one million dollars in federal funding because of recently increased grants for buildings that exceed the model national energy code by sixty percent.

Andrew Amos, the senior engineering consultant from Catalyst Consulting working on the project, says that “grants have increased and Sackville ‘s project is now in the stream for the grant for up to one million dollars”.

The minimum grant that the building will now receive would be $ 400,000, which is already double the grant funding that was first projected.

The new building on Main Street will house the Town Hall, and offices for the town staff and councilors, the Fire Department and the RCMP, with shared and separate spaces. Entirely accessible to the handicapped, the building will have a ‘green roof’ with a deck, walking paths and some vegetation as well as geothermal heating, in-slab heating, daylight sensing dimming fixtures, occupancy sensors, solar pre-heated domestic water, a computer control system and hydration stations for staff to fill up water bottles.

Mayor Patricia Estabrooks said it was “excellent news” while CAO Eric Mourant agreed that Sackville’s “sustainability plan has made us eligible for the funding, and all the environmental planning has paid off”. He added that he was “cautiously optimistic” that the RCMP would soon sign a lease for their part of the building.

In other news:

Acting Director of Economic Development, Rebekah Cant announced to council that as part of their agreement with the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) as a Gold Partner, the town has agreed to promote the upcoming 13th IAAF World Junior Championships 2010 in Moncton with four “Experience the World” billboards, four feet by eight feet, set up within town and on the outskirts.

Sackville is hosting more than 1000 athletes during the meet from July 19-25th. at the Mount Allison student residences. Town councilor Virgil Hammock expressed concern that the students should be encouraged to stay in Sackville rather than be bussed out to other communities. Cant said that a pamphlet would be distributed that would inform the athletes about Sackville events and services.

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