Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick

Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick

The Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick is an organization representing 60 member municipalities in the Province of New Brunswick. All municipalities are welcome to be a member and at the present time membership consists of cities, towns, and villages. The objectives of UMNB are to:

  • Unite the Municipalities of New Brunswick, through their respective councils, into a body whose common effort shall be devoted to the achievement of that which is to the benefit of all.
  •  Promote the exchange of information among the Municipalities of New Brunswick.
  • Co-operate and liaise with other organizations and agencies toward a united front for the realization of municipal goals.
  •  Prepare and present to government position papers that reflect UMNB concerns/interests
  • Represent member interests/concerns at both the Provincial and Federal levels of government through committee work as well as resolutions, etc.

At no time shall the political or religious partisanship of a representative member be expressed or be allowed to influence the policies of UMNB. Our Province is divided into nine zones with two directors from each zone sitting on our Board of Directors along with one director representing the Cities of New Brunswick. At the moment, Zone 8, the county of Gloucester, is not represented on our Board of Directors as all those Municipalities belong to our sister organization,AFMNB.

The Board of Directors of UMNB generally meet four times a year (February, May, August & November) plus before and after our Annual Conference (October) and deals with items/issues brought forward from our members, or the Provincial and/or Federal Governments. With the exception of the meetings in August and our annual conference, all Board meetings are in Fredericton.

The current Board of Directors consists of:

President Mayor Bev Gaston, Doaktown 1
1st Vice President Councillor Tracy Culligan, Belledune 7
2nd Vice President Councillor, Beth Thompson, Quispamsis 3
Sec Treasurer Councillor Wayne Sturgeon, Grand Manan 4
Past President  Mayor Arthur Slipp, Woodstock 6
Councillor Gerard C. Richard, Richibucto 1
Mayor Bev Gaston, Doaktown 1
Mayor Gerald Gogan, Petitcodiac 2
Mayor Terry Keating, Salisbury 2
Mayor Ken Chorley, Hampton 3
Councillor Beth Thompson, Quispamsis 3
Councillor Wayne Sturgeon, Grand Manan 4
Mayor Teresa (Terry) James, Blacks Harbour 4
Mayor Gary Mersereau, Fredericton Jct. 5
Councillor Gisele McCaie-Burke, New Maryland 5
Mayor Arthur Slipp, Woodstock 6
Mayor Elaine English, Canterbury 6
Councillor Tracy Culligan, Belledune 7
Mayor Randy Hunter, Tide Head 7
Mayor France Roussel, Drummond 9
Mayor Marcel Deschenes, Grand Falls 9
Councillor Bill Fleiger, Miramichi CITIES
Councillor Jean-Claude Cormier, Dieppe CITIES
Mary Jane Banks, Rothesay AMANB

UMNB also has several ad hoc committees which have been set up over the past few years to deal with specific issues. These are usually of short duration but require representation from among our membership throughout the Province. In some cases these derive from direction of either the annual meeting or the Board of Directors; in other cases they come about as a result of an invitation to participate in a committee by a department of government. It is important that we are aware of upcoming changes in any area that may have an effect on the budgets of municipalities and thus we seek to be involved in any committee that may result in this. At the present time we have in place a Fiscal Advisory committee, a Governance committee, a Policing committee, a Conflict Resolution committee, a Forestry committee, and a Population Growth Advisory committee. In particular, the Conflict Resolution committee was established in conjunction with the AMANB for the purpose of assisting in resolving disputes which occur at the local level whether they are between elected and elected or elected and staff. We have not had any municipality make use of this procedure yet but are hopeful that we will be able to assist during the upcoming term when necessary. We believe that we can save both time and money and bring about successful resolution to issues.

At the Provincial level UMNB has representation on a number of committees including the Population Growth Advisory committee, the Client Working Group on RCMP services, the Strategic Policing Advisory Committee, the Contract Negotiation committee for RCMP services (observer status), NB Policing Standards Implementation, Off Road Vehicles committee, Police Act Review Advisory, Municipal Police Assistant Fund Advisory, Service New Brunswick, NB Pesticide Working Group and the Natural Resources Advisory committee.

There are several issues upon which we are working today – as mentioned above policing, governance, population growth, economic development are all issues of importance to us. During the winter we will be monitoring government’s upcoming legislative reforms on local government to ensure that our members’ points of view and concerns are adequately addressed. We realize that the status quo is not an option and we have participated in discussions on the future of our Province. The provincial goal of self sufficiency is also a goal of UMNB and our Ad Hoc committee on population growth continues to work on assisting our membership on this front; it is our hope that we will participate in some of the activities at the local level in these areas. In the area of policing, discussions have taken place during meetings on the future look of policing in the province; there has also been some discussion with respect to different models of policing and governance which UMNB will look at within the next number of months. We are also working on a new Municipalities Act with the other municipal associations as well as the Department of Local Government.

Membership dues are based on assessments and decided by the annual meeting from recommendation by the Board of Directors.