Town sup­ports re­quest for a rainbow cross­walk

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY Jor­dan.maloney@ad­ver­tis­

Rainbow road

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.

Home-based busi­ness

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.

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