Looking back at 2013, Mayor Joe Gennoe can see a lot of good things that happened in the Town of Stellarton and he’s pleased with the direction the town is headed.
Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe
Growth is continuing in the Albion Place business park.
He said they’ve recently sold another lot and have a few more that are tentative.
While he said he didn’t know what the names of the companies are, one prospective buyer is looking at around 10 and 15 acres.
He said it’s important for them to have patience.
“We’re not in a big hurry. We’re trying to do it right,” he said. “The lots are expensive. But it’s not a burden on the taxpayers. The lots pay for themselves.”
He said they’re preparing to put some major signage up on both sides of Lawrence Blvd. that will show all the streets and the businesses within it.
“They’re going to be able to put logos on it if they want logos.”
He said they’ve also had a couple of people interested in the former Clairtone building.
In addition to the commercial growth they’ve had a fair amount of residential growth with houses built and renovations to existing properties.
One of the major infrastructure repairs this year was that of the Albion trail and collapsed culvert that had caused a sinkhole on Food Street several years ago. The work was completed by a New Brunswick company at the expense of the provincial Department of Transportation.
An area the town has struggled some was with the water quality and quantity. The unrelated issues caused some challenges but the town has replaced the membranes in the water treatment system which increased the amount of water they were able to process. Even though they were on the boil order, Gennoe points out that they never had a bad reading for the water.
The town also took part in a Dalhousie research project which has resulted in a change in the chemicals they use to treat the water in hopes of lowering some of the byproducts.
Looking ahead to 2014, Gennoe said council will be making a decision on the type of policing to go with in moving forward. They’re considering leaving their forces as-is, merging with Westville or having New Glasgow Regional Police or the RCMP provide the service.
“I’m going to vote for what’s best for Stellarton,” he said. “It’s a process we’re working our way through.”
The town will also be celebrating their 125th Homecoming this summer and will have some extra events planned for that.