St. George town council updates from September council meeting

St. George – For the first time in several months, members of the council of the Town of St. George were able to meet in person Monday, Sept. 21. While they still had their meeting live-streamed, they found it refreshing to be sitting back in council chambers once again, albeit with masks on and sitting a few feet apart from one another to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All but one councilor was on-hand for the meeting, but they still had a quorum so all items could be decided upon.

L’Etete Road work nearly completed

Work is nearly completed on the L’Etete Road, and all that is left to do is install sidewalks. Mayor Faith Avery said the work is on schedule, and the Town appreciates the patience of residents as this work is being done, as well as that of those in neighboring communities, including Back Bay, Deer Island, and Campobello.

Day adventure centre building in use once again

One of the Day Adventure Centre buildings is going to see use this fall from two community groups, Girl Guides and Women’s Outreach Group. Both groups will be using the old museum building for the fall. Mayor Faith Avery said it is great to see that the Town is glad to be able to give these groups somewhere to meet. She said the Girl Guides would not have been able to operate this year due to not having a meeting place, sousing the museum building is giving the girls a chance to stay involved with the organization and take part in meetings and activities.

COVID-19 and community groups

CAO Jason Gaudet said the Town of St. George remains at level 1, active monitoring for COVID-19, and is complying with all provincial regulations and recommendations. One issue the Town is currently facing is the restrictions that are in place in schools and churches. This is preventing many community organizations from holding meetings. Gaudet said the Town has been working with several non-profit and community groups that are struggling to find meeting venues. They are utilizing vacant buildings, while ensuring that the groups have COVID-19 operational plans for the safety of all participants.

Tourism numbers different this year

The tourist season is once again completed for another year, although the tourist bureau will remain open until the end of September. Councilor Brenda Allison said it has been an unusual year due to COVID-19. Rather than having many visitors from outside the province, Allison said the tourist bureau saw many visitors from New Brunswick. The St. George Tourist Bureau was visited by people from m any regions of NB, including 60 from the Moncton area, 52 people from the Saint John area, and 68 people from the Fredericton area, as well as visitor from Campobello, Mirimichi, and other areas. There were four visitors from Nova Scotia, and two from Prince Edward Island. One couple from Ontario also visited. Allison said they did their self-isolation before venturing out to see the sites in the area. The total of tourists between June and July was 206. There were also calls requesting brochures from as far away as California.

Community garden needs volunteers

The community garden is seeking new volunteers for the 2021 gardening season. Councillor Jenna Murray said they are hoping to revamp the garden, and they are open to any and all new ideas that residents may have.

Halloween in discussion

Mayor Faith Avery and CAO Jason Gaudet have been in discussions about whether or not there will be any Halloween festivities this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Halloween as we all know it may look a lot different, and there may be no trick-or-treating. Gaudet said many residents have been asking about whether or not there will be a traditional Halloween this year, adding that they are waiting to hear more guidance from the Province before they decide whether or not to go ahead as normal. He is waiting to hear if there is going to be a provincial ban, or if it will be up to the various municipalities whether or not to hold Halloween festivities.

The question was raised as to whether or not individual neighborhoods can celebrate Halloween, but there is no answer at this time, which leads Council to assume, at least right now, there can be some sort of Halloween festivities for kids. All councilors agreed that there needs to be something fun for the kids to do, but it is up in the air as to what can be done. Trunk-or-treat events were mentioned as one way to get kids out trick-or-treating safely.