At midnight, New Brunswick will enter the first phase of its "Path to Green" in the Province's coronavirus recovery plan. As of June 15th, 75.1 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers over the age of 12 had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which was the condition to unlocking this first phase. It will include a loosening of (but not entirely lifting) restrictions regarding indoor and outdoor gatherings, as well as relaxing border crossing rules for people entering New Brunswick from Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and designated bordering regions of Quebec (Avignon and Témiscouata) and Nova Scotia (Cumberland County). Full details HERE.
The second phase of the Path to Green will be activated once 20 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 65 and older receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.
Meantime, Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday -- two in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and one in Zone 6 (Bathurst region). The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick since the onset of the pandemic last year is 2,302 with 2,171 recoveries to date. There have been 45 deaths. The number of active cases is 85 including eight patients in hospital, three of whom are in intensive care. As of June 14th, 1,118 tests were conducted for a total of 352,506.
On June 14, 2021, the new Council of the Village of Salisbury for 2021-2025 was sworn-in. Pictured individually, clockwise from top left, are: Mayor Rob Campbell, Councillor Sarah Colwell, Councillor Jason Gallant, Councillor Stephanie Thorne, Councillor Nathan O'Blenis, and Deputy Mayor Doug Hamer.
Some more information regarding the construction in 2021 of a new restroom facility for the Village of Salisbury’s Highland Park:
In order to service the water demands for both this new restroom facility and the adjacent splash pad (for which the mechanisms are contained in the building), two new wells had to be developed at Highland Park this year. This was necessary due to the states of failure of two wells that had been developed there at the time of the splash pad’s original installation, which was done with the intention that the wells drilled in 2016 would complement an existing older well at the site. However, one of those 2016 wells had completely collapsed, while there were numerous deficiencies associated with the other. Neither could be serviced or repaired.
The ongoing development this year of the two new wells at the park, along with the planned installation of a new submerged holding tank for the splash pad, in addition to the construction of the restroom facility, will prevent the Village from operating the existing restroom and splash pad this season until the new projects are finalized by the fall.
With regards to the old restroom, the reason for such unusual operation times in the past was due to both water supply and the building’s form of construction. It was unheated and uninsulated, so the entire facility had to be winterized in the fall and commissioned once again in early summer. The Village could not activate the water supply at the restroom and splash pad until it could be absolutely certain that freezing temperatures were behind us.
As for the new restroom building (see conceptual image above), its design will implement an access control system which will automatically permit and prevent entry to the restroom areas based on hours of operation. The facility is designed to be as vandal resistant as possible.
This project is funded in large part through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) program, supported by a municipal contribution as well as previous local fundraising efforts.
In the meantime, arrangements have been made to have a porta-potty brought to Highland Park on June 11th.
Regarding the Village of Salisbury’s Highland Park:
Due to the pending replacement of the Highland Park washroom facility this year, and the related connection and commissioning of new wells to service both that washroom and the adjacent splash pad, the splash pad will not be in operation until such time the washroom project is completed.
Two members of Salisbury Fire Rescue have been presented with the New Brunswick Fire Services Long Service Certificates and 15-Year Pins in recognition of their volunteer dedication to the community. On behalf of Fire Marshal Michael Lewis, Salisbury Mayor Terry Keating recently made the presentations to Firefighter Stephen Stevens and Lieutenant Curtis O’Blenis.
*** June 7, 2021 UPDATE HERE ***
Meantime, it was announced earlier that New Brunswick Public Health had expanded the coronavirus vaccine eligibility to include children aged 12-17. More information on that HERE.
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