Mayor reflects on 2013 in Trenton

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TRENTON – Over the past year, Trenton has had both beginnings and endings.

Parks and recreation co-ordinator Martin Bates stands in the possible location for a TreeGo aerial ropes course at Trenton Park. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS  

“2013 certainly had its ups and downs,” Trenton mayor Glen MacKinnon said.

“(It) started off in a very tough fashion,” he said, referring to the closure of Nova Forge and their liquor store.

The NSLC closed in late January while the forge shut its doors in February.

However, he notes they’ve had many highlights since then.

They’ve been progressing with the rink. They began implementing a new floor in April.

That wrapped up in time for the fall hockey season and is now fully operational. 

“The rink is functioning at peak efficiency.”

The Pictou County Scotians’ first practice at the Trenton rink after the renovations was Sept. 18.

MacKinnon notes the town’s 25th anniversary for FunFest was the high point of the summer with the street dance and a “great fireworks display.”

Moving into the fall, it was announced that TreeGo would be coming to the park in 2014.

It is expected to be up and running by May, MacKinnon said.

December was a good month for Trenton.

The federal and provincial government committed to continue their financial support for the town’s storm surge sewer separation.

They had already begun phase one of the plan. Approximately 565 metres of combined sewers will be separated to prevent large storms from blocking the system.

DSTN also announced that month that they would be producing 34 wind towers for installation at the South Canoe Wind Farm in Lunenburg County.

“That ended the year on a positive note,” MacKinnon said, noting that it will bring jobs in 2014.

Along with employment and TreeGo, MacKinnon said there’s others things to look forward to this year.

“Although we are not happy with all the snow, it adds more outdoor recreation activities in our park.”

He notes that they added a new trail in 2013, giving residents and visitors more places to snowshoe, cross country ski and walk.

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