Council in brief
Last meeting for the current sitting council in Grand Falls-Windsor
Parks, Recreation and Special Events
“From the Rock” Culinary Tour has been hosted by the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor at the Grand Falls Golf Club over the past couple of years. Due to a large demand for this event in the past council recommends doing separate events at the Joey Byrne Memorial Stadium in later October as this offers a larger capacity.
Looking for employment? The director of parks and recreation presented a recommendation to the committee to hire a programming/social media co-ordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department. This request will be set over for when the new council takes over after Sept. 26.
The Provincial Auto Show took place Aug. 26. Due to weather and other events happening that day the turnout was disappointing with only 45 of the 200-plus registered cars in attendance. The organizers were more than pleased with the co-operation from the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and plan to host the event in Grand Falls-Windsor again next summer.
The Agrifood and Garden Show is confirmed for Oct. 17 to 23 in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Tender for the Station Road water and sewer upgrades was awarded to Adams Construction Ltd. In the amount of $412,999.50 including HST.
Public Works and Planning
Parking is an issue in numerous locations throughout Grand Falls-Windsor. In particular on Pondview Drive and the Goodyear Avenue ballfields.
Some residents feel there are not enough parking areas for daily visits in the Pondview area due to no parking signs. The municipal police have monitored this area and state that is working well. Some of the “no parking” area is for 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. only and there are several areas of adequate parking. The current no parking area will be maintained.
The town has received complaints from residents regarding parking near the Goodyear Avenue ball field. At times vehicles double park and park too close to Sutherland Drive. The committee recommended the municipal police continue to monitor to ensure no illegal parking and Public Works are to grade up the lot in grass areas which will provide additional parking space.
Property cleanup is still an issue council is trying to tackle. Most recently the town sent a request to 47 King St. and 19 Sutherland Dr. asking property owners to clean up their properties. As follow-up inspection determined the owners had taken no action to clean up, the committee recommends a cleanup order be issued for both residences.
Municipal enforcement voiced concern about the number of vehicles that coast through the stop sign at the ramp adjacent to Hyundai on Cromer Avenue. A large stop sign has been installed by the Transportation and Works Department. The committee also recommends that “Stop” be painted on the road at the intersection and to install a “watch for pedestrians” sign as you travel the ramp.
Economic Development, Tourism and Heritage
The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor Age Friendly Steering Committee will be completing a need assessment on an Adult Care program. The committee is working with partners to host the seventh annual Seniors Trade Fair at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium on Oct. 5.
Finance and Administration
The Public Works Department requested an increase in budget of $30,000 for crosswalk signs. This will be used to purchase three sets of pedestrian solar signs.