Town of Rothesay


Mayor & Council


Rothesay Council

Municipal Elections in New Brunswick are held every four years in May. Rothesay Council is comprised of eight members, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Council meetings are held the second Monday of every month in the Common Room, Town Hall, and normally commence at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Should the second Monday be a civic holiday, the Council meeting is held on Tuesday of that week.

The primary role of Council is to formulate policy and to enact By-laws which establish sound municipal government, and acting within the powers granted to it by provincial statutes. Municipal Councils make decisions as a whole council and enact legislation and By-laws that become the policy of the municipality. Once a policy has been enacted and a By-law established, it is then the responsibility of the administration, reporting to Council, to carry out that policy.

In short, Council establishes the policies of the municipality, and Town staff carries out the policies. A willingness among all members of Council to debate matters reasonably and to cooperate leads to the development of a positive, achievement-oriented council. The result is a more informed and higher quality of decision making. (excerpt from Roles, Responsibilities and Operating Procedures, published by MMTDB)

Message from the Mayor - September 14, 2016 

Rothesay has enjoyed another beautiful summer, with many residents out and enjoying our events and our facilities, both on land and on water. Both Renforth Wharf Day and the Dragonboat Festival were great successes, even if the dragonboats couldn't actually race. But the Mayors' Challenge is on for next year!   

The renewed Common has been particularly busy, with a large number of people at the Canada Day celebration, and, even on ordinary days, many residents putting the space to varied and individual uses. We have had good use of the playground and basketball courts, yoga on the Common, as well as an Oasis coffee house, and a Walk'n 'Talk, and,  of course, our Playground Program.  As an example of the usage of the Common, the August 25 Concert in the Common saw a good number of people enjoying the Jared Lutes concert, but others playing basketball, using the playground, enjoying a soccer game over by the school, kite- flying, dog-walking, and generally socializing. The Common has become everything a common public space should be, and as an added bonus, it is wonderful to see people of all ages being active.  

Capital Projects

The Almon and Peters Lanes project is now complete, and looks wonderful. 

The major Utilities project on the Rothesay Road continues - this is Phase 1 of our Wastewater Treatment Upgrade, which will eventually see all of Rothesay's wastewater transmitted to a new treatment plant at Sagamore Point. We recognize that this project has been an inconvenience for residents, and we thank them for their patience. The project is on schedule, and will be complete by late October.

The new facilities in Wells Recreation Park: construction is complete on the new ballfield and dogpark. The only remaining issue is growth of the grass, which has taken longer than expected because of the dry summer. And the beautiful new Wells trail is proving very popular.

Autumn is a beautiful time in Rothesay - a wonderful time to enjoy our magnificent scenery, and perhaps participate in some of the walks/ runs scheduled to take place in support of a variety of good causes. As I discovered during the recent election campaign, all the neighbourhoods of Rothesay are beautiful, and each has its own individual charm. What better time to get out and explore a neighbourhood that might not be familiar to you than in the cool, crisp air of fall.

A note from the Emergency Measures Committee: residents are encouraged to sign up for Sentinel Emergency Alert. This can be done on the Town website, or in person at Town Hall. And a reminder: in case of extended power outage, the McGuire Centre will be open for warmth, charging devices and water.

I hope all our residents enjoy this fall; and with the students back, please remember to observe speed zones around our schools.

Dr. Nancy Grant