Mayor Rodney Kendall is very excited and optimistic about the progress with the Town of St. Alban’s. He is currently into the third year of his term, 13th year on council, and feels the town is on the right track to continue building on what has been accomplished and is optimistic on what’s to come for St. Alban’s.
When the mayor was asked what plans are in place for the town he stated that over the next few years there would be a lot of changes and good things happening. “There are many issues that range from the water shortage in high elevations of town to the traditional issues of providing basic services.”
The town has been approved for a $650,000 project that included a leak detection assessment and replacement of some of the town’s water supply system. They have received the results of the assessment and have selected an area in town to invest this money. Mayor Kendall stated that it is one of the worst areas experiencing leaks.
“The leak assessment report stated there are more major leaks in town than expected. Some of the areas in town have gross amounts of leakage. There are areas that are so bad that for every litre of water we expected a normal household to use, there is 5 litres going back into the ground.
“Restoring the water supply system to acceptable levels of service is our number one priority. We are working with the Provincial Government by applying for funding to aid in rebuilding the water supply system. It has taken a number of years to obtain the first small piece of what is required to restore the system and the second project needs to be approved in 2012, if we are to make any positive gains on the rapidly deteriorating water supply system. The basic water supply and services is critical for our town,” said Mayor Kendall. “Council is taking steps to ensure that the health and safety of our town is put first.”
Mayor Kendall confirmed that there will be new pavement for the church road area and in the area of the Bay d’Espoir Medical Center. The town is in the process of selecting a second road for paving but when selecting a road the water supply piping underneath the road must be considered, therefore only the area(s) with little or no leakage are being targeted in 2012. Over the next few years, it is expected that a good amount of progress will be made in the improvement of the roadways in town.
“The Heritage Society is another group that we support and are presently working with them to establish a town museum to capture the history and preserve the past for the future generations,” stated Mayor Kendall.
“The Recreation Committee has just raised over $100,000 for a new ice resurfacer that was needed, and we are extremely proud of their achievements and dedication and Moms for Play are gearing up for another busy year. The redevelopment of the softball field will begin with phase one in 2012.”
As of April ,the Town council offices relocated to the old high school and is making it a Community Center that will be a major benefit to organizations and groups in the area. “We have done some major repairs and upgrades but still have more to do and will continue to work together with the community to make this building as green as possible and beneficial to everyone,” said Kendall. “We will continue to do renovations and bring the building up to environmental standards.
This community center, located at the old high school, consist of the Town Council office, Council Chambers, Heritage Museum, CYN, Ambulance office, Public Library, Fitness Center, 50 Plus club and College of North Atlantic. Other rooms are being utilized by the St. Ignatius Folk Choir, Knights of Columbus and Cadets. Mayor Kendall stated that in the coming months they will have an Emergency Response room situated in the building.
“We are doing things in phases and setting priorities to accomplish our goals. The town has a council with a strong desire to tap the strengths of the town, to recognize our weaknesses, and to develop a strategy that takes us to economic stability.”
“Everything has a process and there are steps to be followed. By working with the community, organizations, and our Provincial Government, we feel the town will continue to move forward and improve,” says Kendall.