Saturday, 24 June 2017





Considering the Staff Make-up of the Proposed YRC


The steering committee of the YRC Project is required to make a recommendation to the Minister of the Department of Environment and Local Government about the staff make-up of the proposed YRC.  At this point in the preliminary feasibility study for the Project, the steering committee is proposing the hiring of a fill time general manager and a full time clerk treasurer.

This staff make-up is based on the steering committee's belief that the proposed YRC Council should have an oversight role to play.  The staff should be directed by the Council to do the work of managing the rural community.

A clerk treasurer is a mandatory staff position for a new rural community whereas a general manager position is not mandatory. However, the steering committee believes that a general manager would be a vital employee and is now asking for input from residents of the Project area on the matter.

Please contact us with your opinion or tell us what it is when you attend Round 2 Public Consultation Open Houses.  We need your input!


Round 2 Public Consultation
(Open House Sessions 7 – 9 pm)

July 11 – Riverside Resort, 35 Mactaquac Road, French Village, NB

July 12 – Keswick Valley Recreation Centre, 1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB


Friday, 23 June 2017


The YRC Project Preliminary Feasibility Study Report Will Be Released on June 30, 2017


The preliminary feasibility report for the YRC Project will be released on June 30, 2017.  A summary of it will be in your mailboxes around that time.  Keep an eye out for it.  If you do not receive it give us a call and we will see that you get one.  453-3358.


Included in the report will be options for you to consider about the proposed YRC including: 

1. Name
2. Boundary
3. Staff
4. Preserving Community Identity
5. Office Location
6. Council Makeup and Wards
7.  Services

Your opinions are very important so please tell us what they are. After you read the report we would like to know if you need additional information in order to make an informed decision about the future of local services delivery in the Project area. Can you tell us what is it about the current situation (the status quo in the partnering LSDs) that you do not want to see changed?  Could you tell us what you like or dislike about the proposed YRC?
Please plan to participate in the upcoming Round 2 Public Consultation Open Houses to talk to us and/or to the staff from the Department of Environment and Local Government who are working with us on the Project.  An explanation of the list of options above will be a highlight of each Open House (and of the full preliminary feasibility study report).  You could also write to us (yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com) to provide us with your input.

Round 2 Public Consultation
(Open House sessions 7 – 9 pm)

July 11 – Riverside Resort, 35 Mactaquac Road, French Village, NB

July 12 – Keswick Valley Recreation Centre, 1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB




The Proposed YRC Project Area




Wednesday, 21 June 2017

An Invitation to Businesses in the Proposed YRC


The YRC Business Consultation sub-committee has been given the task of contacting businesses in the study area to ask for advice, comments, concerns and questions from owners/operators/workers about the potential impacts of the YRC on the business community.  
We want to hear from you!
These are facts to consider at this time:

1. A Rural Community could promote cost efficiencies and joint decision making by all partners. 
2. YRC Council must take on a minimum of three services:  Administration; Emergency Measures; Community Planning Services.  Other services such as Dog Control or Garbage Collection would be taken on if cost-advantageous.  Remaining services will continue to be provided by the Province. 
3. Land use regulations should not change to any degree in YRC for existing businesses because land use plans are already in place for 4 of the 5 partnering LSDs.  These would be rolled in to the rural plan that the YRC would have to put in place within two years of incorporation.    
4. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure would continue to look after the roads but YRC Council could have input on road infrastructure.

What could the proposed YRC do that the Local Service Districts can’t do?

a. Receive dedicated access to federal Gas Tax Funding that is paid by residents of an unincorporated area so that it could be used for infrastructure improvements in the local area.
b. Access Federal and Provincial Funding programs.
c. Be involved in discussions regarding larger projects such as Sisson Mine and the Mactaquac Project.
d. Have local voices heard.



Members of the business community in the proposed YRC, might ask, “Is this just another level of Government or are we transferring decision making about businesses from the Province to elected representatives who live and work in YRC?”  

We are asking for your help with finding the answer to that question.  What do you need to know about operating your business in the proposed YRC?

Please join us at the Round 2 Public Consultation Open Houses on July 11 (Riverside Resort, 35 Mactaquac Road, French Village) and/or July 12 (Keswick Valley Recreation Centre 1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner).  Come share your opinions of a rural community model of local service delivery.  Take part in a discussion about tax rates, Council’s ability to make decisions with input from the local business community, land-use planning that supports businesses, the way businesses would be considered in the rural plan for YRC, the services your business could expect to receive etc.  For more information please contact yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com.



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Where Could the Proposed YRC Council Meetings Be Held?

One of the recommendations that the YRC Project steering committee will be asked to make for the Minister's consideration is about where the proposed YRC Council meetings could take place. We are suggesting that there are already some places in all parts of the Project area that would work well for this. If the Council rotated its meetings between these meeting spots (perhaps for the first year until the councillors had some time to think about having a more permanent office location to meet in), it could save money.  It could also give residents a chance to attend a Council meeting without having to travel too far from home.  

What do you think about this idea?  It is one of the options that we are asking citizens to give us their opinions about.  You can send your suggestions to us at yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com.  Or you can let us know at Round 2 Public Consultation Open Houses which will take place from 7 - 9pm on both July 11 (Riverside Resort, 35 Mactaquac Road, French Village) and July 12 (Keswick Valley Recreation Centre, 1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner).  Please participate.  Your input is very important. 














Sunday, 18 June 2017

Spreading the Word about the YRC Project

Yesterday, as part of Keswick Valley Summerfest, a group of volunteers were at the Keswick Valley Arena to answer residents' questions about the YRC Project.  If you have questions/comments/concerns, please send them along to yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com or leave a phone message at 453-3358.  



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Considering the Administration for YRC - What Do You Think About the Proposed Budget Items and Costs? 


As part of the YRC Project Feasibility Study the steering committee must make a recommendation about the proposed administration of the rural community.  In Round 1 Public Consultations sessions (that were held in April/May, 2017), the proposed budget items and estimated costs that are shown in the table below were put forward for citizens to think about.     

 
Proposed Budget Items
for
YRC Administration
Preliminary Cost Estimate
 $
Mayor and Council (mandatory)
50,000
General Manager/CAO
Full time
75,000
Clerk/Treasurer (mandatory)  Full time
60,000
Office Building  Rental/Mortgage Payment
25,000
Legal Services
10,000
External Audit (mandatory)
10,000
Liability Insurance (mandatory)
5,000
Office Supplies etc.
15,000

Total Estimated Cost for  Administration Services

250,000


In the Preliminary Feasibility Study report (to be released on June 30, 2017), these proposed administration budget items and costs will be compared with the current situation in the partnering LSDs of the YRC Project.  We want to hear your opinions about this information.  Tell us your concerns/suggestions/complaints/advice.

Please plan to attend the Round 2 Public Consultation Open Houses  (July 11th and 12th, 2017) to give your input.  You can also email it to us at yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com or you can call DELG and leave a message at 453-3358. 

The Mactaquac Dam is currently part of the tax base for both Kingsclear and Keswick Ridge LSDs.