The development of the subdivision was one of the highlights of 2012, council chair Allan McInnis acknowledged in a year-end interview.
Once fully serviced, there will be 20 lots plus green space in the subdivision. It’s all part of council’s efforts to help encourage residential growth on the community.
Although there have been no buyers yet, McInnis noted the development is generating interest.
One of the major projects of the year was the major renovation of the municipal building. Total cost of the project was $350,000.
“The building turned out fine. We’re all quite happy with it now,” McInnis said, admitting the project required a lot of planning and meetings.
Building permits issued for the year carried a value of $407,000. Three new businesses — a liquidation centre, barbershop and doctor’s office — opened during the year.
The Community of Tignish provided $7,167 and the communities of St Felix and Myricks Shore and the Rural Fire District contributed $22,500 to make changes at the Tignish Health Centre to help attract a physician.
Council also paid $10,000 towards the upgrade of the fire department’s communication system. McInnis said a recently installed 100-foot tower has enhanced the range of the department’s radios.
Realignment work was carried out at the Spring Lane and Church Street intersection. Although McInnis admits people are still getting used to the change, he believes traffic flow has been improved.
Also last year, Tignish unveiled a municipal flag to mark the 60th anniversary of incorporation as a village. The flag is flown on the municipal building and McInnis said a municipal flag would likely be flying at the bicentennial park by summer.
The community is applying for P.E.I. 2014 funding to help upgrade the park.
Tignish received the coveted five blooms in Communities in Bloom judging last year. McInnis said Tignish will enter the competitive category again this year and will be seeking to get flowers blooming in more areas of the community leading up to the 2014 celebrations. Heritage conservation, tidiness, environmental action, community involvement landscape and other considerations also factor into the judging.
McInnis said he is very happy with the new council elected to a two-year term in November. Noting that council makes decisions for the community, he said he would be giving councillors lots of responsibility.
Discussing activities for 2013, McInnis said council has sought funds for a sewer main replacement project and will be seeking assistance with sidewalk work. He would like to see work carried out along the Haywood Road and Old Western Road.
McInnis also has a goal of producing at least two newsletters a year to keep residents involved of activities in their community.
The council chair is happy to have Tignish, Alberton and O’Leary working together on an Up West Winter Fest.
“Now this might be a way of getting the communities back together and working together and bringing more people into our communities and helping the businesses.”