A village just outside of Fredericton, with a population of no more than 1300, will be receiving $1.7 million from the federal government and $893 000 from the provincial government for a new wastewater sewage facility.
This is just one of the projects underway for the village. In May of 2016, Chipman, N.B. elected a new village council that included a new mayor, Carson Atkinson, and two fresh faces.
Lindsey Fraser owns a massage therapy clinic in Chipman and has lived in the village for her entire life. When she ran for a position on the council, her main goal was to create new activities for the members of the community.
“We’re looking to expand our parks and recreation division so there will be more summer sports for children. We’re looking into maybe an outdoor rink for the winter, that can be converted to a basketball court for the summer time,” said Fraser. Since being elected, Fraser has completed projects such as purchasing new playground equipment for the Hamilton Baird Park and improvements to the local Bowlarama, a business that was close to shutting down. Fraser began hosting bowling tournaments each weekend and now they’re a hometown favourite.
For Chipman, losing businesses isn’t all that surprising. In October, the village lost their only bank and only insurance company, but that hasn’t stopped new businesses from popping up.
Dan Frenette is a local business owner who moved to Chipman six years ago, with his own business. In less than three months, Frenette established his computer repair service and began renting out cheap apartments within the village that had been left vacant for years. Now, he owns a local convenience store and is opening a new Robin’s Coffee Shop on Main street in March. While gaining success with his businesses, Frenette was also elected to the village council. He wants to see continued innovation.
“My biggest achievement [since being on the council] has been bringing innovation and new businesses, encouraging other people to move here, to invest here, but the biggest achievement in a small community is being able to become a part of it,” said Frenette.
With the loss of businesses, spots need to be filled. D’s Diner, a local favourite burned down due to an electrical fire two years ago, and the community was left feeling empty without their home-cooked meals. Since then, the local grocery store Valu-Foods opened a Greco and a Captain Sub, and “The Bear’s Den” opened its doors offering delicious, homemade food.
Although food is always a big improvement, Chipman is also looking for more practical improvements.
“A cab service is something we need desperately and maybe a working service for our seniors who need snow-shoveling done, or a drive to the grocery store. We’re looking to get those services for our seniors,” said Fraser.
From new activities to new businesses, the council is working hard to put Chipman back on the map and although change isn’t something that is always welcomed, improvements are always needed.
Originally published on The Second Year Reports on February 3rd, 2017.