SAINT JOHN (GNB) – A proposed three-part action plan for the City of Saint John has been released by the city and the provincial government.

The plan, which has been approved by the provincial government and is awaiting an open discussion by Saint John common council, is the product of a committee representing both levels of government. The city and province both acknowledged the hard work of the committee in preparing the action plan.

Common council will discuss and debate the plan at a special open meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. The media and public may attend the meeting in council chambers on the 8th floor of city hall, 15 Market Sq.

Some of the actions outlined in part one of the plan are specific to Saint John, while others have regional and/or provincewide applications.

Part two of the plan involves the creation of a regional management task force made up of mayors of all the local governments in the Greater Saint John region, as well as representatives from the local service districts. The task force would be mandated to identify and agree on arrangements for shared service delivery and shared use of services within the region; and to achieve associated equitable cost-sharing.

Part three of the action plan outlines a commitment from the provincial government to reassess the city’s financial status after it has reviewed the status of the 20 actions and the recommendations of the regional management task force next spring.

Sustaining Saint John: A Three-Part Plan is available online.