Tantramar’s Nov 14, 2023 Council Meeting: Celebrating a Milestone Budget and Key Community Decisions

๐ŸŽ‰ Historic Budget Approval for Tantramar! In an exciting and historic move, the Tantramar Council has unanimously passed the very first budget for our unified Municipality. This marks a significant milestone in our journey as a collective entity, paving the way for a prosperous and well-managed future. The total operating budget is set at $16,707,191 with tax rates listed as follows:

  • Sackville Town: 1.5389
  • Dorchester Village: 1.5415
  • Dorchester LSD: 0.6411
  • Sackville LSD: 0.5625
  • Point de Bute LSD: 0.7637

This budget reflects our commitment to growth, sustainability, and community welfare.

๐ŸŽ† Winterfest 2024: A Spectacular Celebration!

  • Get ready for Winterfest 2024! The council has approved an agreement with MAC Fireworks for a breathtaking fireworks display. Ford Lane will be closed on February 9, 2024, to accommodate this event, ensuring a safe and spectacular experience for everyone.

๐Ÿ—๏ธ Economic Development and Community Enhancements

  • The council approved an Economic Development Incentive Program application for a commercial building at 35 Main Street.
  • The Wastewater Surveillance Program will see the installation of an autosampler at the Crescent Street Lagoon, enhancing our environmental monitoring capabilities.

๐Ÿš’ Enhanced Safety and Services

  • The council has approved an increase in RCMP officer complement, ensuring better safety and service for our community.
  • A significant investment in fleet and emergency response vehicle equipment was approved, further strengthening our preparedness and response capabilities.

๐ŸŒ Infrastructure and Community Projects

  • The council has greenlit various infrastructure projects, including storm sewer work, sidewalk renewals, facility upgrades, and more, totaling an impressive $1,515,000.
  • Plans for a new Dorchester Fire Station and the proposed relocation of the Dorchester Library are underway, signifying our commitment to community development and safety.

๐ŸŒณ Environmental Initiatives and Waste Management

  • The council approved a contract extension for waste collection with Miller Waste Systems, ensuring efficient and environmentally responsible waste management.

๐Ÿ“œBy-Laws and Levies

  • By-Law No. 2023-09, relating to the establishment of a Special Business Improvement Area Levy, was given its third and final reading.
  • The Business Improvement Levy Budget for 2024 was approved, supporting Mainstreet Redevelopment initiatives.

This council meeting was a testament to our community’s resilience, forward-thinking, and commitment to growth. We’re excited to embark on this journey together, building a brighter future for Tantramar!


Watch the full meeting on our Tantramar YouTube Channel.