PLANS FOR STUDY OF TCH POSSIBLE IN GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR
Town supports request for a rainbow crosswalk
A road in town may be due for a little colour.
The Public Works and Planning committee reviewed requests from several individuals within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community to have a rainbow crosswalk installed in Grand Falls-Windsor, as stated at the May 29 regular meeting of the town council.
Nelson Chatman, director of Engineering and Works, provided information at the latest committee meeting regarding Canadian standards for crosswalks and safety concerns for crosswalk installation.
The committee supports the idea of completing one rainbow crosswalk and emphasized to residents that the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is an inclusive community for everyone.
The Public Works and Planning committee reviewed a request from Karen Phair of McHugh Street to open a pet grooming business at her home.
Phair has been operating within the town for several years, and is relocating from Ireland Drive to her new residence. A notice was mailed to neighbours and advertised on town social media, with the engineering department receiving four objections.
Susan Mercer, who owns a pet grooming service directly across the street from Phair, was one of the objectors. All four objections were in relation to the two businesses being located across from each other.
The committee recommended that the application be approved, as Phair has had a long term business in the community. Phair has expressed that she is only operating part time and is not looking to bolster her clientele, and will not be competing against Mercer for additional business.
Burgers and tax
Council engaged in discussion regarding the new mobile vendor regulations at their latest meeting.
The seasonal tax rate for mobile vendors has increased to $500 in what Councillor Darren Finn said is an attempt by council to level the playing field between permanent business owners and seasonal. The median tax rate of existing food businesses on High Street played a factor in the new regulations.
“This fee is fair to existing businesses,” said Coun. Amy Coady-Davis, adding that the new rates may discourage mobile vendors from setting up on High Street.
Five mobile vendors are currently awaiting permits.