Ryders ready to host skate park competitions

Delburne Skate Park will move into the next phase of construction following a visit to council by Ghost Ryders Board of Director representatives at the Apr. 26 meeting.

President Josh Beler and Vice President Devin Wall, along with Delburne Futures Committee member Bev Jamieson, presented council with plans to add recognition signage, lighting with a timer, bleachers and a raised platform to the park. The group already has funds to proceed but required council’s approval to hook into village power lines. Council approved the request unanimously.

According to Jamieson, the addition of the platform and bleachers will make the area more usable for events like Canada Day celebrations.

The Ryders are hoping to have work completed by their first event on June 1.

Eighteen schools have been invited to participate and the event already has several local sponsors.

According to Steven Banks, vice principal at Delburne Centralized School, students earn leadership credits towards their graduation with activities like working on the board, presenting updates to council, and organizing events and trips.

The Ryders are planning trips to three or four other parks over the next year.

Province wants more from municipalities
Due to the provincial increase to education property tax rates across the province, Delburne residents will see a slight increase in their property taxes.

To cover the increase that Delburne must submit to the province, council approved Bylaw 1120/2016 that will see residential taxes increase by 0.29 per cent and non-residential rise by 0.54 per cent.

The education tax accounts for approximately a quarter of a typical residential property tax bill. The province will requisition $2.4 billion from municipalities this year: 6.8 per cent more than last year.

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