The new regional service commission (RSC) for Region 7 is up and running, with the mayors and local service district representatives set to take on their new duties.
“We’ve been getting things ready for the board to take over the operation of the RSC,” Sackville Mayor Bob Berry reported during town council’s monthly meeting Feb. 11.
Berry said although the board, made up of 15 mayors and four LSD reps, has been working together on an interim basis for the past few months to get things set up, they recently elected a permanent chair and vice-chair – Salisbury Mayor Terry Keating and Shediac Mayor Jacques LeBlanc. The board also established several committees, including ones for finance, planning management, and waste services.
RSC 7 is still seeking an executive director, however, to guide the team.
The province implemented 12 RSCs across New Brunswick on January 1, commissions that will take over operation of the planning commissions and solid waste services of each region. The RSCs will also bring municipalities together to collaborate on recreational, police and EMO services. The idea behind the commissions is to help communities share services and meet common needs.
Sackville, as well as all other Tantramar communities, are part of Region 7, which also includes the Greater Moncton area, Shediac, Cap-Pele, Memramcook, Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma, Petitcodiac, and Salisbury, among others.
Berry said RSC 7 meetings will be held monthly, on the last Tuesday of each month, at different locations throughout the region and are open to the public. This month’s meeting is set for Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Moncton City Hall.