April 18th, 2011 BACA Meeting

Attendees: Weldon Moore, Richard Morin, Wendy Kennedy, Katie Pettie, Catherine Bettle, Mary Mesheau, Margaret Grantor and John Hardie

Burton School – Mary met with David McTimoney (Superintendent at School District 17) to discuss the BurtonSchool consultation process.  Meeting to be held May 17th and Mary will attend.  See handout from meeting.

Issues for follow-up from BACA public meeting:

                       Trails (Weldon) Trails NB Executive Director is working on the Fredericton to Gagetown route.  Problem area in Coytown.  Some people purchased the land along the trail.  To work with NB Trails you have to join their organization for an annual fee.  This gets you under their liability insurance.  Available to do presentation.

Many walkers/bikers would also like to use a trail system.

                       Email from Darin that some issues may need to be forwarded to Government Departments.

                       A comparison should be made between the BACA list of issues from the public meeting to the list of issues from the Rural Plan Committee meeting.

                       Recycling Ask Fredericton Solid Waste Commission about twice monthly pick-up.  Is there an additional cost involved and how much is it?  Catherine to follow-up.

                       Road Repairs Just before Burpees turn to just where Route 102 is adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway.  Margaret indicated this will be undertaken in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

                       Unleashed dogs – Advise members that the SPCA provides dog catcher services and thats who they should call.  Mary to send email.

                       Communication and Public Relations Mary will draft newsletter on behalf of the Burtons Lions Club.  Could also put the number to call for concerns related to unleashed dogs.

                       Lions Club Sign Margaret indicated the Lions Club would be applying for a grant.  Mary will draft letter on behalf of BACA asking local businesses for donations toward a sign.  Next breakfast is May 7th for BurtonSchool. 

Vote held (unanimous) in support for Mary to draft letter to send to local businesses.

 

Other business:

                       AGM Need to do Constitution.  Thats where people have opportunity to identify that they want to put their name forward for nomination as director.  If there are more names put forward than is allowed under the Constitution then there would need to be a vote.  All directors in attendance agreed to let their names stand.   Mary will contact those directors not in attendance to confirm they want to let their names stand and will send an email to general members to see if anyone wants to put their name forward.

 

-Mary will forward Constitution to all members.

-AGM scheduled for May 30th, 2011.

 

                       Regional Services Delivery Consultation Meeting April 27th, 2011

 

11. Incorporation application has been submitted.

 

12.  Rural Plan Committee Meeting May 19th, 2011.

 

 

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April 18th, 2011 BACA Meeting

Attendees: Weldon Moore, Richard Morin, Wendy Kennedy, Katie Pettie, Catherine Bettle, Mary Mesheau, Margaret Grantor and John Hardie

Burton School – Mary met with David McTimoney (Superintendent at School District 17) to discuss the BurtonSchool consultation process.  Meeting to be held May 17th and Mary will attend.  See handout from meeting.

Issues for follow-up from BACA public meeting:

                       Trails (Weldon) Trails NB Executive Director is working on the Fredericton to Gagetown route.  Problem area in Coytown.  Some people purchased the land along the trail.  To work with NB Trails you have to join their organization for an annual fee.  This gets you under their liability insurance.  Available to do presentation.

Many walkers/bikers would also like to use a trail system.

                       Email from Darin that some issues may need to be forwarded to Government Departments.

                       A comparison should be made between the BACA list of issues from the public meeting to the list of issues from the Rural Plan Committee meeting.

                       Recycling Ask Fredericton Solid Waste Commission about twice monthly pick-up.  Is there an additional cost involved and how much is it?  Catherine to follow-up.

                       Road Repairs Just before Burpees turn to just where Route 102 is adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway.  Margaret indicated this will be undertaken in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

                       Unleashed dogs – Advise members that the SPCA provides dog catcher services and thats who they should call.  Mary to send email.

                       Communication and Public Relations Mary will draft newsletter on behalf of the Burtons Lions Club.  Could also put the number to call for concerns related to unleashed dogs.

                       Lions Club Sign Margaret indicated the Lions Club would be applying for a grant.  Mary will draft letter on behalf of BACA asking local businesses for donations toward a sign.  Next breakfast is May 7th for BurtonSchool. 

Vote held (unanimous) in support for Mary to draft letter to send to local businesses.

 

Other business:

                       AGM Need to do Constitution.  Thats where people have opportunity to identify that they want to put their name forward for nomination as director.  If there are more names put forward than is allowed under the Constitution then there would need to be a vote.  All directors in attendance agreed to let their names stand.   Mary will contact those directors not in attendance to confirm they want to let their names stand and will send an email to general members to see if anyone wants to put their name forward.

 

-Mary will forward Constitution to all members.

-AGM scheduled for May 30th, 2011.

 

                       Regional Services Delivery Consultation Meeting April 27th, 2011

 

11. Incorporation application has been submitted.

 

12.  Rural Plan Committee Meeting May 19th, 2011.

 

 

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What are the Assets to Living in Burton?

When asked to indicate how they felt about  life in the Burton/Swan Creek area, attendees at the first public meeting sponsored by the Burton Area citizen’s Group (BACA) came up with the following summaries. These outline what they like, where they see problems, what they would like to preserve and what they want to see improved. 

What are the assets to living in Burton/Swan Creek?

  • Country living/quality of life
  • Saint John River
  • A local convenience store
  • A local primary school
  • Close to a municipality with services
  • Lion’s Club/Centre
  • Access to walking trail
  • Great people
  • Low traffic volume (but growing)
  • Property values
  • Day/night lights in some locations
  • Small town atmosphere
  • Lots of land
  • Relatively safe
  • Many small businesses
  • Duck’s Unlimited Protected areas
  • Safe subdivision streets for kids to play
  • Land/housing prices reasonable
  • Not restricted by rural covenants
  • Special Care Home
  • Gilbert Farm with apples and strawberries
  • Scenery is beautiful

What are the challenges to living Burton/Swan Creek?  

  • Ditches need re grading (water back ups)
  • Water drainage issues (ice build ups)
  • Planning concerns for development
  • Security issues (trespassing)
  • Development bringing conflicts (e.g. transportation)
  • Four wheelers on streets, excessive speeds
  • Keeping the school
  • Low visibility policing
  • Lack of volunteers
  • Passing lane (dangerous for residents)
  • Ridiculous property values
  • Roads in rough shape (Swan Creek)
  • Speeding on 102 and in subdivisions
  • Poor hi speed internet service in Swan Creek
  • Acknowledging the youth and the seniors in the community.
  • Snow removal on side streets (some improvement since MRDC took over)
  • Safety for kids/bikes
  • Signage for access to Trans Canada trail
  • Only two ways into Burton
  • Not enough facilities or activities for youth
  • Unleashed dogs for walkers in subdivision
  • No one scoops dog feces
  • Garbage thrown from cars
  • Lack of recreational services
  • Access to services
  • Transportation for seniors
  • Building and maintaining community spirit
  • Watching for neighbours due to distance
  • Lack of central information for contacts
  • Access to the river
  • Vehicle based community –environment and health issues when people have to drive everywhere
  • Transient population
  • Keeping tax rate low 

What is here that you would like to see enhanced or renewed??  

  • Police presence
  • Sign to identify where Burton is
  • Renew Neighbourhood Watch
  • Community picnics
  • River access for swimming/boating
  • Support for the Lion’s Club/Centre
  • Sign for Lions’ Centre at the BurtonBridge as well as out front,
  • Enhance the walking trail
  • Community involvement
  • Communication and public relations
  • Initiating local festivals around local assets.(e.g. apples, strawberries)
  • Rte. 102 Swan Creek repaired
  • Hi speed internet for Swan Creek
  • Allow people to volunteer with the Lions’ Centre without having to become a
  • member.
  • More frequent recycling pick ups and recycle glass
  • Another entrance to Burton
  • The school
  • More frequent recycling pickups  

What is missing that you would like to see initiated or brought here?  

  • Basketball court
  • Beer store
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Boat ramp
  • Improved sewer system for Burton trailer park
  • Stop free running dogs
  • Local events/groups for classes in an interest using local talent
  • Card parties
  • Gardening club
  • Website with services offered
  • Grass cutting/snowblowing services offered
  • Access to trails
  • Clinics, flu shots, senior clinic, vet services
  • Community volunteer list
  • Development planning
  • Street lights in congested areas for traffic safety, pedestrian safety
  • Youth recreational opportunities, formal and informal
  • Park facility
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Images of Burton

House and lawn in central Burton area viewed from boat on St. John River

These are pictures taken around our community. We would like to make an image library of interesting views and

View of Burton bridge as seen from boat passing underneath

Wildlife pictured in a local backyard. aview of the river in the background

people in the village of Burton.

If there are any other pictures

boats moored together for a little socializing along one of the islands in the St. John river

that people would like to post on this site. please let us know and we can make arrangements to get them posted here.

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Who We Are

We are residents of the riverside community of Burton, NB who are interested in local government and concerned about development in our community. The Burton Interested Citizen’s Group meets regularly to discuss the development of local governance and to allow citizens to present their views on what they see as appropriate directions for our community

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