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A P R I L 2 00 7 MAYOR’S MESSAGE
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Spring is here and over the next few months Rothesay residents can expect to see a lot
Animal Control 2 of activity that will enhance our Town.
Building Permits 2
As you might expect, funds are not unlimited and it is necessary for Council to establish
Bus System 4 priorities. Projects are initiated through input from Council, Staff and Citizens of the
Concerts on the Common 3
Deer Committee 5 Following are some of the activities to be started and/or completed in 2007:
Mayor’s Message 1
1. Council has allocated approximately $1.5 million dollars for improvements to our
Recreation 6 road system. There is never enough money for roads and not everyone will be
pleased, however, we are addressing the neediest areas as a priority.
Report a Problem 2
Spring Clean-up 5 2. The long term requirement of athletic and playing fields should be satisfied during
this year. The Provincial Government will complete the playing field adjacent to
70 Hampton Road Rothesay High School. Rothesay will construct two new fields between Hampton
Rothesay, N.B. E2E 5L5 Road and Rothesay Elementary School. One of these fields will be a world class ar-
tificial turf field and is made possible by a generous contribution of funds and land by
Mr. Arthur Miller.
3. We shall continue to make improvements to the Renforth Wharf this summer.
Information: 847-INFO (4636)
Email: email@example.com Rothesay will once again play host to the Saint John Dragon Boat Festival. This
event allows Rothesay to showcase the great asset we have in the Kennebecasis
We’re on the WEB! 4. Rothesay Council has given a one time grant to the Rothesay Yacht Club for wharf
improvements. Amenities such as this make Rothesay a special place.
www.rothesay.ca 5. At the present time a Committee of Council is studying the feasibility of an additional
ice surface in the Valley.
6. In addition to making roads and recreation improvements, the Rothesay Operations
Department continues to expand and improve our municipal water system.
On another topic, did you know that approximately eight cents of your $1.25 tax rate is
Mayor & Council Contacts
spent on garbage collection and disposal? You can help to protect the environment and
save tax dollars by using the Blue Boxes and by sorting compost items from regular gar-
bage. Rothesay pays $108.00 per tonne for garbage collection and only $35.00 per
tonne for compost collections. Our total budget for landfill expenses and regular clean
• Councillor P.Gallagher Jette
• Councillor Scott Cochrane
• Councillor Norma Mullett
up programs is about $500,000.00 per year. You can help reduce this sum.
• Deputy Mayor Bill Artiss
• Councillor Terry Kilfoil
• Councillor Tom Young
• Mayor William Bishop
• Councillor Paul Barry
In closing, I strongly urge all citizens to take pride in our Town by paying attention to
your lawns and gardens. Please do your part in helping to make Rothesay a desirable
place to live, work, and relax. I am pleased to live in Rothesay and I trust you share the
Mayor W. J. (Bill) Bishop
A MESSAGE FROM THE KENNEBECASIS VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Open Burning meters from any neighboring homes and you a metal container with a tight fitting lid and
Spring has sprung and with it comes the keep the container away from any combusti-
cannot have a pile larger than 3 meters in di-
thoughts of our spring clean up after the long bles.
ameter by 2 meters high. Before lighting any
winter. If you have a lot of twigs and sticks etc. Remember ashes can contain hot embers for
fire contact the Kennebecasis Valley Fire De-
from fallen branches and trees it is best to days after they are removed from the stove or
partment for permission.
bundle them up and put them out with your fireplace.
compost. If you are thinking of burning them
remember there are strict guidelines you must Proper Disposal of Ashes For more information contact us at:
follow, first you may only have an open fire for Please remember to dispose of your wood- Station 1 Rothesay 848-6601
the purpose of obtaining warmth or cooking stove ashes properly and safely. We still have Station 2 Quispamsis 848-6602
food (campfire) and you cannot burn pressure a lot of fires started by ashes disposed of in
treated or painted wood, plastics etc. To have compost bins which have resulted in fire dam-
a larger fire you must be a minimum of 150 age to homes and garages. Put your ashes in
The 2007 Cat and Dog Licenses are now available to purchase at the Town Office. The cost for a spayed female or male is
$5.00 and $10.00 for an unspayed female. The Town requires proof of an up-to-date Rabies Vaccination Certificate. If your Vet-
erinary Clinic’s protocol does not require a Rabies Vaccination yearly, please request a letter from your Veterinarian informing
the Town of this protocol.
Do I Need a Building Permit?
A permit is required for projects such as Replacing windows, siding
Constructing a new house or accessory building (garage or Demolishing or relocating a building
storage barn), In addition to the issuance of a building permit, your project may
Adding to or repairing an existing building, including con- also require other Town permits which are to subject to Rothe-
structing or removing interior walls, say’s By-Laws. If you are planning any project and have ques-
Building a deck, enclosing a porch, tions, please contact the Rothesay Town Hall at 848-6600 and
Constructing a retaining wall over 4 feet or any fence con- Development Services staff would be happy to answer all and
struction any questions you may have regarding the need for permits.
Constructing any type of swimming pool with a depth of
water greater than 0.6 meters. “Remember Ask Questions, Get a Permit, Get it in Writing
and Check References”
REPORT A PROBLEM ONLINE
Rothesay, in partnership with Service New Brunswick (SNB) is pleased to introduce a new web-based service to Rothesay residents. Report a
Problem allows citizens to voice their concerns and complaints, 24 hours a day, through online forms that are automatically submitted to the
Town Office. Follow-ups can be initiated immediately, ensuring prompt problem tracking and solving – a logical tool for improving services to
Rothesay property owners.
The service is now available at www.rothesay.ca . Click on the “Online Services” icon on the home page and then select “Report a Problem”.
Convenient, quick and easy. For further information, contact Mary Jane Banks at 848-6664 or MaryJaneBanks@rothesay.ca
STREET LIGHTS OUT?
If you see a street light flickering or not lit, please call the Town office 848-6600 or report the outage on the operations page of the
Town website. The Town pays for the lights whether or not they are functioning so please help us keep your street lit.
Winter is Over!
A sure sign of oncoming spring is the disappearance of ice in the Kennebecasis River. While the River provides a range of winter recreation,
most are happy to see open water each year. Records of ‘Ice Out’ have been kept as far back as 1910 (March 24th) and every year since 1930
(April 7th). The earliest on the Town’s records was March 7th in 1999 and the latest May 5th in 1972. Since 1910 the average ice out date was
April 12th and the average over the last ten years is April 5th.
Long time Rothesay resident Geoff Sayre has officially recorded the ice out since the early 1950’s. He took over this responsibility from his
neighbour Walter Banks a long time naturalist. This year the official ice out date was April 7th. The date is determined by the first time it would
be possible to row or sail from the Rothesay wharf to the RKYC with the channel clear of ice from the wharf to Minister’s Face.
Spring Events at the Kennebecasis Public Library
We are located at: 1 Landing Court, Quispamsis, N.B. E2E 4R2. Telephone: (506) 849-5314. Fax: (506) 849-5318. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have a school project to do? Are you looking for a good book to read? Do you have a young one
who needs to learn the magic in books? This spring, there’s something for everyone at the library. Come and find out all about
our great programs for you and your family.
APRIL: Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 am. Concerts for Kids at the Library series: Hello Music presented by the Saint John String Quartet
and Symphony New Brunswick. For ages 1-15. Free admission.
MAY: Saturday, May 12th at 10:30 am. Join us for a special Storytime celebration.
Wednesday Babies in the Library/Bébés dans le Biblio: For babies 0 to 18 months and their parents/caregivers. Wednesdays, 10:30-
11:00am. Registration is required. Our English session was held: March 14th to April 4th. NEW! Our French Bébés dans le Biblio program
will take place from April 11th to May 2nd.
Friday Family Story Time: For pre-school children and their parents/caregivers. Fridays, 10:30-11:15am.
Family Drop-In Table: Check out our family drop-in centre with weekly themes and crafts for parents/caregivers and children to enjoy together.
Kennebecasis Book Club: Meets every third Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm.
April 19th: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
May 10th: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
May 31st: End of Year Voting Party.
Exhibitions on Display:
If you have a special collection that you would like to exhibit in our glass display case, please contact Mrs. Blagrave.
April: On the wall: Gates Belle Arts. Under glass: Stained glass from Blue Heron Ridge. May: Brenda O’Leary’s grade six class from Quispamsis
Summer 2007: Devour a Book at the Kennebecasis Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme: Dinosaurs! Starts the first week of July.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10:00-5:00pm. Tuesday/Thursday: 10:00-8:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-5:00pm. Sunday:CLOSED. Summer hours will
begin on June 25th.
Concert in the Common 2007
Take your evening walk, bring your blanket/chair, and enjoy free outdoor music. Concerts are on Thursday evenings from 7:00—
8:00 p.m. The following performers (tentative schedule) will showcase their talents on the Rothesay Common as part of the 2007
Concert in the Common Series.
Sunday July 1st Canada Day Celebrations (1:00 pm on the Common)
Thursday July 5th Shakespeare on the Common “As You Like It” - KV PLAYERS ($10 per person)
Thursday July 12th Alan Gerber ( Blues/Traditional)
Thursday July 19th Lazy Jacks (Roots/Traditional)
Thursday July 26th Shanklin Road (Country)
Thursday Aug 2nd TBA
Thursday Aug 9th TBA
Thursday Aug 16th Isaac and Blewett (Acoustic Blues)
Thursday Aug 23rd Hot Toddy
Thursday Aug 30th St. Mary’s Band (Big Band Style)
If the weather is inclement, the concerts will be held at Rothesay High School. For further information call Charles Jensen at 848-6606.
NO LITTERING, PLEASE
As we begin to enjoy warmer weather and spend more time outdoors, the evidence of lack of consideration by a few people is painfully obvious.
The amount of litter on Town streets is less than that of many communities but much more than should be acceptable. The Town will be install-
ing additional litter containers this year and spends considerable amounts of your money to remove litter from Town streets, sidewalks and
parks. Most householders in the Town work diligently to maintain the appearance of their properties. Please don’t throw anything from your
vehicle or drop anything on the ground in Rothesay. If you see others littering, please bring it to their attention or report it to the Rothesay Re-
gional Police. Our goal should be: the Cleanest Town in New Brunswick.
Please observe the law and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
R o th e sa y R e a d e r
Recreation Facilities Update
Over the next few years the opportunities for recreation in Rothesay Mayor Bishop has appointed an ad hoc Committee of Council
will improve noticeably. Council has awarded a tender to Galbraith (Councillors Cochrane, Mullett and Barry) to investigate the possibili-
Construction to clear 10+ acres of land between the Rothesay Elemen- ties of developing another rink to meet the desires of Rothesay ice us-
tary School and Hampton Road to construct two playing fields, one ers. In 2006 about 2¢ on the tax rate went to pay for the annual oper-
with artificial turf. This field is to be playable by September. The artifi- ating costs of the arena and servicing arena related debt. Supplying
cial field will be suitable for soccer, rugby and football. more ice could be done in cooperation with Quispamsis or through a
regional complex such as that being examined by the City of Saint
The Government of New Brunswick has also called tenders for con- John.
struction of a natural turf field next to Rothesay High School. That field
and the second one at the Elementary School should be ready for play The Saint John project could be a major new facility in the region and
by September of 2008. The Province has agreed to pay $1m toward offer capacity for larger events and hosting larger tournaments. The
the cost of these projects. Meanwhile construction is well underway on City Committee which has been working on this latest project for about
the Rothesay Common to put in drainage and prepare a sodded area 6 months, is recommending further analysis at a total cost of $135,000.
for use of Rothesay Park Middle School and the general public. This This project would include two ice surfaces and an indoor facility suit-
project is being funded by a $100,000.00 grant from the Province and able for soccer and a variety of other sports. Preliminary costs of the
funds raised by the parents group at the school. project are estimated at $34M. A project of this scale would likely need
funding from other levels of Government and private sector investment.
THE BUSES ARE COMING, THE BUSES ARE COMING
The pace of planning for the new express bus service is increasing. Buses have been ordered and should appear on local roads in August.
Bus shelters have also been ordered and will be installed in front of the High School and near East Riverside Park in Rothesay and possibly
near the east access to Kennebecasis Park. Monthly passes ($89 for unlimited trips) and punch cards will be sold at the Town Office, City Hall
and other locations yet to be identified. A single one way fare will be $3. The City of Saint John will absorb any operating deficit until 2009. If
you travel to the uptown, you are encouraged to consider using the new service to be called Comex (commuter express). The City is also im-
plementing a website to facilitate ride-sharing; more on this in future issues.
MUNICIPAL PLAN REVIEW
New Brunswick’s Community Planning Act requires the Town to review the Municipal Plan every 5 years. Rothesay’s Municipal Plan will be re-
viewed and submitted to the Department of Environment in 2008.
A municipal plan is a policy document that guides Council in its decisions about how lands in the community should be used and how growth
and change can occur.
Rothesay will host an Open House in various locations which will give members of the community an opportunity to come and provide input on
the Municipal Plan Review. The Town has prepared a series of display panels on a range of topics including the Business Park Designation,
the Special Area Designation, and Recreation.
The Open Houses have an informal structure – we encourage anyone who is interested to drop by during the course of the evening to have a
look at the display panels. Town Staff will be available for one on one discussion and document sheets will be provided. The Open Houses are
April 30, 2007 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bill McGuire Memorial Centre
James Renforth Drive
May 2, 2007 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rothesay Town Hall
70 Hampton Road
May 3, 2007 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kennebecasis Valley Fire Dept—Station One
7 Campbell Drive
A detailed brochure regarding the Municipal Plan Review is included with the Rothesay Reader. If you did not receive a copy of this brochure,
please contact the Town office at 848-6600.
Rothesay Arena Purchases Defibrillator
Rothesay Arena has purchased a defibrillator and it has been installed in a glass fronted box in the arena. The defibrillator will be accessible to
anyone who has been trained on how to operate it. Training Sessions were recently conducted for several user groups on how to use this life
R o th e sa y R ea d e r
The KV OLD BOYS is a group of retired men from the Kennebecasis Valley who came together to raise
funds for the Relay for Life in memory of a friend, Vernon Graves. In the years since, the group has
raised over $40,000 – 100% of which is returned to the community.
The KV OLD BOYS are excited to announce a new beverage container recycling program that started on
January 30, 2007. Every Tuesday the KV OLD BOYS will park their trailer at the VILLAGE QUIK MART
on the French Village Road between the hours of 8:30am and 12:30pm and ask you to consider donating
your redeemable containers and, in so doing, help others. If you are unable to drop off your redeemables at the Quik Mart loca-
tion, KV OLD BOYS will gladly pick up your redeemables on Tuesdays - Send them an email with your address, and number of
bags and they will gladly pick them up from your driveway.
When donating your redeemables:
Make sure containers are empty Leave off caps
Give them a quick rinse Leave labels on (refund labels must be on container)
Should these hours not be convenient, feel free to drop them an email and tell them how the program could be improved.
E-mail: email@example.com. Fax number is: 847-1369.
ONCE ONLY PICK-UP
ALL ITEMS MUST BE AT THE CURBSIDE
May 7th BY 7:00 a.m.
Items must be tied in manageable bundles, weighing no more than 50 lbs. Junked car parts and bat-
teries, white goods (appliances), paints/solvents and similar items will NOT be picked up. Tires can
be dropped off at any retail outlet. For further information on the disposal of non-conforming items, please call
the Fundy Regional Solid Waste Hotline at 738-1212.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE AT THE CURBSIDE
May 14th BY 7:00 a.m.
This clean-up will be for the collection of leaves, and yard waste for composting. Leaves, grass clipping, and bundled twigs that
are no longer than 4 ft in length and less than 50 lbs. should be placed curbside. Residents are encouraged to use decomposa-
ble bags, non-waxed cardboard cartons or garbage cans that can be emptied into the trucks.
PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR COMPOST CARTS FOR THIS PICK-UP
ROTHESAY AD HOC DEER COMMITTEE
Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop has appointed an ad hoc Deer Committee to investigate the problems, if any, associated with
the increasing deer population in Rothesay’s urban areas. The Committee is currently on a fact-finding mission to deter-
mine if there is a nuisance problem “...a condition that might become injurious or dangerous to the public health, or that
might hinder in any manner the prevention or suppression of disease...” As well, the Committee has been tasked with ad-
vising Council on available options and what, if any, future action should be taken.
The Department of Natural Resources (NB) strongly discourages New Brunswickers from feeding wildlife during the winter period, and
throughout the rest of the year. Although it appears beneficial, the long-term implications and consequences are harmful for both the deer
and their habitat. Feeding can concentrate the animals in a smaller section of their range than normal, which makes competition for available
food more intense, elevates the risk of disease, and increases the number of deer killed by domestic dogs and vehicles.
Comments can be forwarded to the ad hoc Deer Committee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to Mary Jane Banks, Town Clerk –
Rothesay 70 Hampton Road, Rothesay, NB E2E 5L5. Check out www.rothesay.ca for more info.
Saint John Kennebecasis Valley Newcomers Club
The Saint John Kennebecasis Valley Newcomers Club would like to invite all women to join this national organization . We get together for
Lunch, Morning coffee, Bridge, Mahjong, Walking, Book Club, Moms & Tots and Family Outings, etc. For further information please call Sue at
633-8513 or e-email email@example.com. Get in touch…meet other “newcomers”…………..
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• Parents are able to register their child(ren) for the Rothesay Recreation Department Summer Day Camp Pro-
CHECK US OUT ON gram starting on April 16, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. To make the process easier registration forms are available on
THE WEB the Rothesay website at www.rothesay.ca. You can download the form, fill it out and bring it with you.
Readers with access to the • Please note Day Camp fees this year will be $80.00 per week per child ($5 per week increase) and Play-
Internet should check out our ground Program will be $3 per 3 hour session per child .
website! The site contains • Rothesay Recreation and KV3C Family Play Group for ages 0-5 at the Bill McGuire Centre every Tuesday
lots of current information morning from 9:45 am—11:30 am.
about activities in the Town • Attention Scrapbookers! Are you looking for a day out with the ladies? Have some fun with plenty of laughs
and share ideas. Join us in the community room at the Rothesay Arena every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. -
and is updated frequently.
3:00 p.m. Pack a lunch and stay for the day.
Want to find out what’s
happening in your town?
Rothesay Arena has extended their ICE SEASON from April 1st to May 18th.
There are a limited number of weekday evening and weekend times still available.
Would you like to re- If interested Call: Ron 847-6363 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ceive regular updates
on what is happening
in Rothesay? Send P.R.O. Kids
along your e-mail Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids
address to: Healthy Children and Youth – Healthy Communities Working Together
ca. We will be devel- Now available to residents of Rothesay!
oping an electronic P.R.O. Kids is a phenomenal program which raises funds to allow children and youth who, due to financial limitations, would
data base over the otherwise be unable to participate in registered art, culture, recreation and sport activities. This program allows more and more
next few months and children to experience the many benefits of recreation, which include:
will send out remind- · Increased school performance;
· Development of personal skills such as teamwork, accepting adult authority, regulating anger, forming new friend-
ers of events as they
ships, and learning basic life skills;
come up. · Reduced costs in the areas of social services, justice and policing;
For additional information or to request an application, please contact PRO Kids Manager, Julie Keirstead
WHY DO WE
CHLORINATE OUR Phone: 642-PLAY/7529 e-mail: email@example.com
Without adequate dis-
infection of our water
supplies, the health Canadian Tire Jump Start Program
risks from micro- The Canadian Tire Corporation has launched a new national initiative called Jump Start. With the
organisms would far new Jump Start program Canadian Tire has chosen to focus their charitable efforts on helping
outweigh the risks young people to increase their physical activity levels. Rothesay is pleased to be a member of the
from chemical reac- Greater Saint John Canadian Tire Jump Start Chapter and twice a year (May and September) will
tions and carcinogens be allocating funds to assist children in need to register for sport or recreation programs.
(THMs or BDCM’s). Rothesay needs your help in identifying young people in our community who wish to participate in
Drinking water is disin- sport and recreational activities but who do not have the means to do so. The process is easy and
fected with chlorine to will be done in the strictest of confidence. The referring school, community group, parent should
kill micro-organisms contact Charles Jensen who will then submit the information to the local Chapter at their semi an-
like bacteria and vi- nual meetings. Upon approval from the local Chapter the municipality will then forward a cheque to
ruses that can cause the community organization to pay for the child’s registration. The way we see it, the answer to
serious illnesses and “Can I play?” should always be “Yes.”
deaths. In fact, chlori-
nation of drinking wa- For questions or to make a referral please contact Charles Jensen 848-6606 or by email at
ter has virtually elimi- CharlesJensen@rothesay.ca
nated Typhoid Fever,
Cholera and many
other diseases. It
represents one of the Fundy Soccer Registrations will be held on the following dates:
of public health protec-
tion. Friday, April 20th 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Quispamsis Civic Center
Saturday, April 21st 9:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Quispamsis Civic Center