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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Police Chief Reports Good Year

An exciting year for city police - that from Police Chief Bill Reid on 2010.

Reid says 2010 marked the successful continuation of the Intelligence Lead Community Policing Model, which began back in 2009, as well as the good news of police getting a new headquarters in 2012.

He tells CHSJ News they're up for the challenges of the new year.

The police force will only see a 1 percent annual increase to their budget for the next two years.

Rothesay Looks At Recreation In 2011

A new field house or arena could be coming to Rothesay in 2011.

Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News the recreation council will be making a presentation to council in the new year.

Other projects he's looking forward to in the new year include the completion of several watermains and several new housing developments.

Residents Concerned For Future Of Park

 It will be the end of next year before the city gets a new municipal plan to guide future development over the next 25 years.

The thrust of the new plan will be to build upward and not outward.

David Thompson of the Friends of Rockwood Park tells CHSJ News allowing development to take place along Sandy Point Road adjacent to the park goes against the grain.

Mayor Ivan Court takes issue with that allegation saying, if anything, the city is pumping millions of dollars into the park to enhance and bring it up to a higher standard.

Plaza Not Responsible For Rate Increase

Spending on roads, police, fire and major projects like Peel Plaza, has nothing to do with what you're charged for water in the city.

So says City Manager Pat Woods who wants to clear up what he calls a misconception following a lot of discussion and grumbling over the 19 per cent rise in water rates over the next two years.

Woods says spending on major projects and spending on water are two separate areas with two separate budgets, so even if there was no Peel Plaza, water rates would still go up.