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Sunday, August 2, 2009

West Side Business Association Blind Sided By Request to Deny Levy

Total contempt is the feeling Blaine Harris with the West Side Business Association is feeling towards the recommendation to deny the improvement levy.Harris tells CHSJ News, the common clerk is not consulting with the association, or verifying the names on the petition.
Harris says since they were not informed about the recommendation by the common clerk they are not able to present their case to council at Tuesday's meeting, but says the associations presence will be noticed.Harris says the whole process of getting the B-I-A has been disappointing. He says it seems city staff were ready to reject it the moment they applied for it.

Woman Dead After Head On Collision

A 60 year old woman is dead after a head on collision on the Loch Lomond Road yesterday afternoon.Just after 2:30 a pick up truck slammed into the front of a car.The passenger of the car and the driver of the truck were both sent to the hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be serious.The woman's name is not being released as major crime investigates.

Man Drowns At Fisher Lakes

A tragedy at Rockwood Park yesterday afternoon.A 39 year old man drowned while swimming at Fisher Lake around 3:30.Lifeguards were able to get to him after noticing him struggling in the water, and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.No name has been released as Major Crimes tries to figure out what happened.

Grand Bay Westfield Potential For Real Estate

Real estate in Grand Bay Westfield appears to be an investment with potential -- Saint John Real Estate Board president Peter Pappas says there is still plenty of land available and the town appears to be development friendly.
A new connector road running from Route 7 to the center of the town is under construction and will give access to about four hundred acres of land for development.

Seadogs Continue To Try and Fill The Seats

Some surprise at the Saint John Seadogs front office about Irving Oils announcement last week to cancel plans for a second refinery. The team was looking forward to extra bodies in the metro for walk-up ticket sales and possibly new season ticket holders. President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News, they are always looking at ways to grow their fan base.
Long says right now they are at 65% capacity for the season and continue their push to have 2500 season tickets locked up before the home-opener.

Westside Business Improvement Levy to be Denied

The Common Clerk is recommending council deny the proposed Westside Business Improvement Levy.The analysis of the objections received totalled 34.6 per cent of non-residential users.Members of the Westside Business Association had requested city staff verify the amount of objections to the levy, because those who had previously objected were given wrong information about what it was all about.After doing site visits, city staff found that the objectors equalled one third of those paying into the levy, which means it cannot be passed under the Business Improvement Act.