December 21, 2018
From all of us at the Town of Paradise to you and yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous 2019.
Budget 2019: Planning for the Future 
With a focus on planning for the future, the Town of Paradise delivered its 2019 Budget during the regular Public Council Meeting on December 18, 2018. The $37.3 million balanced budget addresses the decrease in residential property assessments while making strategic investments and maintaining Town services and programs.

With the decrease in residential property assessments, the residential mil rate for 2019 will increase to 7.2, to maintain required revenues. Based on current assessments, approximately 50 percent of property owners will see no change or a reduction in residential taxes. Furthermore, 36 percent of residents will only have to pay an additional $10 or less per month.

Budget 2019 creates an Infrastructure Reserve Fund with a $1 million investment. The purpose is to develop a fund to have the financial ability to upgrade and replace Town assets such as road networks and water and sewer when the need arises.

In addition to maintaining current Town programs and services, and creating an Infrastructure Reserve Fund, other key investments in Budget 2019 include:
  • Creation of a new funding program to enable lower-income families to participate in recreation programs;
  • Funding for regular street rehabilitation program, completion of the Topsail Road - McNamara Roundabout, upgrading Clearview Heights and planning for a new roundabout that the intersection of Kenmount Road and McNamara Drive;
  • Allocation to complete the Adams Pond Trail and to work on section of T'railway; and
  • Upgrading the lighting system at the Milton Road Ballfield and continued enhancements to Paradise Park.

Complete information about Budget 2019 is available on our website.

Christmas Garbage Schedule
Regular garbage and recycling collections between Tuesday, December 25, 2018 and Friday, January 4, 2019 will move ahead. Please visit our Garbage and Recycling Page for information on how your area is affected.
New Time For Council Meetings
Starting in January 2019, the Town of Paradise Public Council Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Council has also moved to eliminate Committee of the Whole meetings. Previously, Council held Committee of the Whole meetings, which was closed to the public, followed by a Public Council Meetings. Council may hold Privileged Meetings as needed for topics relating to legal and human resource matters. This change is the latest step in the Town's transparency work, and provides further insight into council decision making.
Fitness Class Registration
If getting active is part of your New Year's Resolutions, why not check out our Fitness Classes. From beginner to advanced classes, the Town offers a variety of fitness programs to help you get healthy and active. If you're into spin, aerobics, or strength training, try one of our general classes. If yoga is more your thing, join us for beginner to master level courses, or come out to an early bird or lunchtime session.

Registration for our 2019 Fitness Classes opens at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2 and is available online only. For complete information, including program descriptions and class times, please visit our website.

And the winner is....
Once again this year, the Town of Paradise asked Kindergarten to Grade Six students to help design the our Christmas Card. Hundreds of entries were received from students in the four schools in Paradise and we thank all those who took the time to enter. This year Alex Whalen, a Grade 2 Student from Elizabeth Park Elementary, was the winner the annual contest. Alex and his family attended the Public Council Meeting on December 18 to receive his prize from Mayor Bobbett and Council. Congratulations Alex!
Holiday Hours
For the Christmas Holidays, Town facilities and services will be affected on certain days between Monday, December 24, 2018 and Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Holiday Closures:
  • December 24, 25, & 26: closed
  • December 31: Closing at 12:00 p.m.
  • January 1: closed
The complete schedule is available on the website.

Please note that at times during the holidays, the Town's information email account and social media channels may be monitored less frequently. Please call (709) 782-1400 for assistance.
Reminder: Wrapping Not Recyclable
As you tidy up on Christmas morning after you've opened all the gifts, please remember that wrapping paper is not recyclable. Wrapping paper is often dyed or laminated and may contain non-paper additives such as glitter, plastics and tape which cannot be recycled. Wrapping paper should be placed in regular garbage bags for collection and not blue bags.  Any blue bags containing wrapping paper will not be collected. Thanks for your cooperation!
Christmas Skate Events
Come celebrate the Christmas season with us at our Paradise Double Ice Complex Christmas Skates on December 27 and 28. These events promise fun for the whole family! Join us for free hot chocolate and skating from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Everyone who comes out will be entered for a chance to win a prize. For more information about these events, please call (709) 782-6290. 

Please note that all skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet while skating.
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