North­ern Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil fo­cuses on the is­sues

Meet­ing held Oct. 14 in An­chor Point

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS AN­CHOR POINT, NL

There was no short­age of is­sues for the Great North­ern Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil to ad­dress dur­ing its Oct. 14 meet­ing in An­chor Point.

Ten of its mem­bers at­tended the meet­ing, in­clud­ing may­ors, deputy may­ors and coun­cil­lors from Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm, Main Brook, Flower’s Cove, En­glee, Hawke’s Bay, An­chor Point and St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet.

The joint coun­cil in­cludes all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from River of Ponds to the north.

The joint coun­cil’s chair Gerry Gros, mayor of An­chor Point, went through some of the main is­sues dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing with the North­ern Pen.

They are high­lighted be­low. Sta­tus of north­ern tax

de­duc­tion pe­ti­tion

In May, the Great North­ern Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil sent a pe­ti­tion to the of­fice of Gudie Hutch­ings, MP for Long Range Moun­tains, re­quest­ing that towns on the North­ern Penin­sula be el­i­gi­ble for the North­ern Res­i­dents Tax De­duc­tion due to their re­mote lo­ca­tion.

They hoped the pe­ti­tion would be brought to the at­ten­tion of the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, Gros says they’ve re­ceived no re­sponse from Hutch­ings and, as far as they know, it’s never been pre­sented.

“We’ll be fol­low­ing up on that, con­tact­ing her to find out where it’s at and why we haven’t heard (any­thing),” he said.

One of the joint coun­cil’s main ar­gu­ments is that there are fed­eral em­ploy­ees liv­ing in the area – such as RCMP of­fi­cers and peo­ple work­ing for Crown cor­po­ra­tions – that are re­ceiv­ing re­mote al­lowances.

“So ob­vi­ously they think that it is more costly to live up here,” said Gros.

The joint coun­cil is ques­tion­ing why fed­eral em­ploy­ees

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers on the North­ern Penin­sula at­tend the Great North­ern Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil Meet­ing in An­chor Point Satur­day, Oct 14. Back, from left: Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald, Main Brook coun­cil­lor Ben Wiper, Flower’s Cove mayor Keith Bil­lard, En­glee mayor Stephanie Fil­lier and Hawke’s Bay deputy mayor Thomas Patey. Front, from left: Main Brook mayor Barb Genge, Hawke’s Bay town clerk/man­ager Nina Dredge, An­chor Point mayor Gerry Gros and St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet mayor Dale Col­bourne. Miss­ing from photo: Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm deputy mayor Della DeMoss.

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