Joint coun­cil needs towns in­volved

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re­ceive this al­lowance but res­i­dents can­not re­ceive a tax de­duc­tion.

North­ern Penin­sula res­i­dents from Cow Head to the north once re­ceived the de­duc­tion but were deemed in­el­i­gi­ble for it 26 years ago.

Waste man­age­ment

Gros de­scribes the in­con­sis­tent ap­pli­ca­tion of garbage col­lec­tion poli­cies as a ma­jor is­sue for a num­ber of North­ern Penin­sula towns.

The North­ern Pen re­ported last week about at least three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties – An­chor Point, Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm and Flower’s Cove – where NORPEN Waste Man­age­ment’s con­trac­tor has re­fused to pick up res­i­dents’ garbage.

One of their poli­cies states that garbage has to be within 10 feet of the road for col­lec­tion.

But ac­cord­ing to the may­ors of those towns, poli­cies such as this have been ap­plied in­con­sis­tently, leav­ing res­i­dents frus­trated and con­fused.

Con­di­tion of the roads Gros says a num­ber of sec­tions of the high­way along the North­ern Penin­sula need to be up­graded.

Some of these in­clude Route 430 from Plum Point to Ed­dies Cove East, Route 432 from Plum Point to Rod­dick­ton and other towns, and all of route 436 to L’Anse aux Mead­ows.

Gros says a num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal roads need an up­grade as well.

But ear­lier this year, the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment in­creased the mu­nic­i­pal share for cap­i­tal works fund­ing for mu­nic­i­pal roads from 10 per cent to 50 per cent.

It’s harder for small towns to come up with this kind of money and, there­fore, it is more dif­fi­cult to get their roads paved.

“That’s a ma­jor is­sue,” said Gros.

Lack of cell cov­er­age There are a num­ber of dead spots where driv­ers are un­able to get cel­lu­lar cov­er­age be­tween Deer Lake and St. An­thony.

Gros cites sec­tions from Deer Lake to Par­son’s Pond, St. An­thony to the air­port, and Route 436 up to L’Anse aux Mead­ows as par­tic­u­larly bad re­gions. And he notes the town of Cook’s Har­bour doesn’t have cell cov­er­age at all.

“We’re lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment to im­prove cell phone cov­er­age,” said Gros.

He says he’s been told proper cel­lu­lar cov­er­age would im­prove the high-speed in­ter­net in the area.

Train­ing for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

The joint coun­cil dis­cussed the need to hold mu­nic­i­pal train­ing ses­sions on the North­ern Penin­sula.

Cur­rently, for in­stance, the near­est lo­ca­tions for coun­cil­lor ori­en­ta­tion train­ing were sched­uled to take place in L’Anse au Clair on Oct 14 and Deer Lake on Oct 28.

“Just Deer Lake is 300 kilo­me­tres for us, 400 and some odd kilo­me­tres for St. An­thony,” said Gros. “And usu­ally it re­quires an overnight for a lot of train­ing.”

The joint coun­cil won­ders why they can’t have train­ing some­where on the North­ern Penin­sula, per­haps ei­ther Hawke’s Bay or St. An­thony.

“We’ll more than likely write Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs ask­ing why they can’t use pro­vin­cial staff in the re­gion to do the train­ing for us,” said Gros.

Be­com­ing more ac­tive Ac­cord­ing to Gros, there was some dis­cus­sion about towns get­ting more in­volved with the joint coun­cil.

He says they had a “pretty good” turnout for their meet­ing on Satur­day but were hop­ing for more.

“We’d like for all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from River of Ponds to the north to par­tic­i­pate in this,” said Gros. “There’s a cer­tain amount of strength in numbers.”

Their next meet­ing is sched­uled for Nov 25 in Hawke’s Bay.

nets is only re­served for times when there is no other way to get the fish.

Mary’s Har­bour has set its hori­zons on a new ground fish pro­cess­ing plant, and he said many tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions in the pro­cess­ing arena came as a shock to the New­found­land and Labrado­ri­ans.

“We are be­hind on the times, on the har­vest­ing and the pro­cess­ing,” said Rum­bolt. “But we can learn from this and build upon it. It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore these things will come to New­found­land and Labrador.”

Rum­bolt says a pro­vin­cial pro­gram is al­ready in the works to help har­vesters and pro­ces­sors put these new sys­tems in place. The pro­gram is in­tended to pay a per­cent­age of the costs, and the har­vesters will have to tackle the rest.

“This kind of fund­ing would help peo­ple more com­fort­ably get started into this fu­ture fishery,” said Rum­bolt. “It’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent fishery, with qual­ity of fish so im­por­tant now. Peo­ple are go­ing to have to be more ed­u­cated.”

If these tech­nolo­gies im­prove the qual­ity of fish caught, the price will im­prove as well. Rum­bolt hopes this will be an en­cour­ag­ing el­e­ment to any young peo­ple in the province in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with this fu­ture fishery.

Con­vers­ing with Ice­landic har­vesters and com­pa­nies de­vel­op­ing these tech­nolo­gies, Rum­bolt says New­found­land and Labrador now has a chance to bring their mar­kets up to par with the rest of the world.

“You’re not just tak­ing a chance on some new equip­ment here, not know­ing if it’s go­ing to work,” he said. “These ma­chines have been tried and true, we know they work.

“It’s a new way of fish­ing. Now, we’re be­ing given the chance to do that.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mary’s Har­bour mayor Al­ton Rum­bolt stands next to his boat, the Beach­side Cruiser. Rum­bolt at­tended the Ice­land Fish­eries Ex­hi­bi­tion with other New­found­land and Labrador har­vesters, pro­ces­sors and FFAW union mem­bers. They all came set on bring­ing New­found­land and Labrador’s fish mar­kets up to par with the rest of the world.

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