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Council Highlights – February 22, 2021

Council Highlights – February 22, 2021

Council Highlights provide a snapshot of public meetings to help residents, businesses and stakeholders understand the decisions that affect their community. For the official record of Council Meetings, please refer to the adopted minutes, which are posted for each meeting once approved at the next Regular Council Meeting. Consult this meeting's agenda to view files mentioned in the Council Highlights. 

Committee of the Whole – February 22, 2021 

Art Procurement – Presentation of artwork by artists: 

  • Shannon Williams-Moss - "World on Fire"
  • Dianne Ryan - "Marsh Visitor"
  • Doreen Tait - "Transitioning"
  • Stephen Ritchie - "Caissie Cape"


  • Presentation by Barb Michaud, Chairperson, Advisory Committe on Disabilities
  • Presentation by Trevor Goodwin, Sr. Director of Outreach Services, YMCA of Greater Moncton, regarding the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee

Departmental reports

  • Codiac RCMP: Supt. Tom Critchlow responded to a letter from Mayor Ann Seamans in which she expressed concerns regarding growing vandalism and illicit activities on school properties in Riverview, in particular at Riverview High School. Supt. Critchlow highlighted some of the services and initiatives provided by RCMP beyond front-line patrol; provided statistics on RCMP response in the area and discussed other community initiatives in which the RCMP play a role locally.
  • Fire Department: Chief Robin True noted that meetings in 2019 and 2020 of the Emergency Services Committee formed by his predecessor Chief Denis Pleau determined the following regarding the causeway closure:
    • Fire Services: Mutual aid response to and from Riverview and Moncton could be delayed at least one minute due to the causeway closure. Neither department felt that this would critically affect fire and emergency operations
    • Police Services: Codiac RCMP indicated that if immediate police support was needed and they were delayed by the causeway closure, they would contact the Riverview RCMP Detachment for quick support. Codiac RCMP felt that with their current services and the assistance of the Riverview RCMP detachment, they would be able to maintain their commitment to our community.
    • Ambulance NB: Ambulance NB has experienced some managerial changes within the Hillsborough District (covering Riverview) and at the Regional Director level. Chief True will be meeting with the new representatives very soon to receive an update. During 2020 preliminary options to maintain paramedic services in our region during the causeway closure were suggested, these options may include:
      • Placing a second ambulance on standby in the west end of Riverview during peak periods when the Gunningsville Bridge will have the greatest amount of traffic.
      • Placing an Advanced Care Paramedic Unit (ACP) in Riverview during peak periods.

Chief True said additional meetings will be held to ensure that all means available to minimize emergency services disruptions are addressed to the best of the department’s abilities.   

  • Public Works: Director of Public Works and Engineering Michel Ouellet presented a report outlining a Request for Proposal for professional engineering services to expand its boosted zone and to develop a new water master plan to help with proper long-term planning of capital investments.


  • The Committee of the Whole recommends that Riverview Town Council endorse the decision to utilize the unallocated funds in 2021 operating budget to create an Information Technology position.
  • The Committee of the Whole recommends to Riverview Town Council to accept the staff recommendation to use funding from the Province under the COVID Safe Restart program to fund the Capital Plan, specifically to transfer the full amount of $1,067,641.78 to the General Capital Reserve Fund.
  • The Committee of the Whole recommends to Town Council to continue the process to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Pinewood and Pine Glen and that the Director brings back to Council for approval at the 2022 budget deliberation a revised transportation services capital budget so that the overall budget allocation for this section remains the same.

These recommendations will be brought forward for adoption at the next Regular Council Meeting. View files associated with these recommendations in the agenda for this meeting

Other business

  • Strategic Plan update: The Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Colin Smith presented a 2020 Progress Report on the Strategic Plan. The current plan’s window of focus ended in 2020. If municipal elections were held last May, the newly-elected Council would have reviewed and updated the plan. Since the election was delayed until 2021, the decision was made to use the current plan as a foundation for 2020 and 2021 activities and to wait until the new Council is elected this year to update the overall strategic direction for the Town. Smith commended Town staff for doing a very good job executing on the Strategic Plan. He thanked management and employees for work hard every day to deliver quality services to the residents of Riverview and to move Council’s strategic plan forward.


  • Nadine Fullarton was appointed to the board of the 3+ Corporation for a two-year term effective April 1, 2021.

Next meeting 

The next Regular Council Meeting will be preceded by a Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021. The agenda for the meeting will be available on the Town’s website – www.townofriverview.ca/council - the Thursday prior to the meeting. For more information, contact clerk@townofriverview.ca, 506-387-2136

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