TransAqua, the Cities of Moncton and Dieppe, and the Town of Riverview in New Brunswick have signed a Service Agreement, the first of its kind in the region.
The Agreement defines the operating relationship between TransAqua and the TriCommunities and recognizes the collective interest in the advancement of an effective, efficient, and sustainable wastewater system for the Greater Moncton area.
“TransAqua’s Board appreciates the collaborative efforts of the Technical Committee consisting of TransAqua and municipal staff to bring forward a comprehensive Service Agreement to the Tri-Community Councils for their consideration and ratification,” said David Muir, TransAqua chair. “The Service Agreement forms the foundation of the relationship between TransAqua and its three partners and it is gratifying to see it finally come to fruition.”
All Parties have committed to promoting, fostering and embodying cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication in their common relationships for the wastewater system and to the principle of mutual benefit.
“This Service Agreement defines roles and responsibilities clearly for all parties. It is a step in the right direction another good example of collaboration between the three communities and TransAqua,” said Dawn Arnold, Mayor of Moncton.
The Service Agreement also outlines each party’s rights, obligations, and contributions as it relates to a number of items such as: projects and cost sharing contributions, inflow and infiltration, combined sewer, wastewater by-laws, planning, cost recovery of the commission’s expenses, dispute resolution, and insurance. A number of sub-agreements have already been approved by both the TransAqua Board and municipal councils.
“This service agreement is another step to cementing the existing relationship between the three municipalities and TransAqua. Not only is it good for our region but also for the Petitcodiac River that we share,” said Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre.