SACKVILLE, N.B. – As Sackville’s sustainability committee sets off in a new direction, the group has established several priorities it plans to work on over the next year.
Coun. Margaret Tusz-King, a member of the town’s sustainability committee, which recently got back up and running after nearly a year’s hiatus, said the group will now put much of its focus on two areas in particular – flood risk and economic sustainability.
Tusz-King said the town has already been working on various projects or initiatives that are aligned with the community’s objectives, ranging from the recently-installed electric vehicle charger to being involved in the Partners for Climate Protection program to undergoing an LED streetlight replacement program as well as putting efforts into public education on various environmental issues. Whether it’s been through the various municipal departments or partnering with local organizations, there has been plenty of work accomplished to date when it comes to sustainability issues.
“There’s an awful lot our town is and has been doing,” said Tusz-King during last month’s council meeting.
She said putting flood risk on the agenda, in particular in the Sackville area, is important as the town needs to look more closely at adaptation and mitigation strategies, both short-and long-term planning, and greater education.
Coun. Shawn Mesheau agreed, saying it will be important to get a plan in place to address some of the flood risk-related issues that face the community, particularly when it comes to infrastructure.
“It’s all about planning. When we understand where the needs are, we can start to address them,” said Mesheau in response to a fellow councillor’s concerns about the condition of Lorne Street, which has not undergone any repairs while the town considers plans for the flood-prone area
“There are challenges out there in terms of flood zones so we have to determine where the priorities are,” said the town’s chief administrative officer Phil Handrahan.
In terms of economic sustainability, the committee would look at establishing an “economic think tank”, a small group of successful businesspeople from the community to help chart a course for economic development.