Coun­cil­lor at large: St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet

The fol­low­ing is a syn­op­sis of the Oct. 18 coun­cil meet­ing

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

ST. LU­NAIRE-GRI­QUET, NL – Wed­nes­day evening’s coun­cil meet­ing in St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet started off with is­sues raised by com­mu­nity mem­bers from the town’s 50+ Club and the fire de­part­ment.

Both wanted to dis­cuss clean­li­ness at the fire hall, which is used by sev­eral groups in town – from aer­o­bics and cadets, to pri­vate par­ties and Fri­day night darts.

Be­cause of a week­end party that left the hall in a par­tic­u­larly up­set­ting mess, coun­cil and com­mu­nity mem­bers dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of adding a clean­ing fee as part of the hall’s rental, or find­ing a way to en­sure users clean up the fa­cil­ity af­ter each use.

Deputy Mayor Wanda Hed­der­son com­mented that with­out some­one to en­force it, en­sur­ing users clean up or charg­ing them if they don’t would be an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult task.

Be­fore the two fire de­part­ment mem­bers ex­ited the meet­ing, ap­proval was given for their train­ing. Re­quests to ap­prove fund­ing needed for their cour­ses was dis­cussed, with $1,000 needed for each of the fire de­part­ment’s train­ing cour­ses.

Coun­cil moved on to dis­cuss pro­pos­als for a com­mu­nity gar­den for the town, with the de­ci­sion to ap­ply for grants from In­ter­na­tional Gren­fell As­so­ci­a­tion, Com­mu­nity Healthy Liv­ing Fund, and Food First NL. Coun­cil­lor Kevin Young said it is a pri­or­ity that has to be com­pleted for next sum­mer.

Mayor Dale Col­burne an­nounced that $15,000 was se­cured for com­mu­nity en­hance­ment work to en­sure lo­cals can get enough hours to se­cure em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance for the win­ter.

An AED needed for the fire hall was mo­tioned. New coun­cil­lors Var­rick Snow and Travis An­der­son of­fered to do some floor plans for elec­tri­cal re­place­ments needed through­out the town’s old fire hall.

“I’ll do the mea­sure­ments and Travis will draw,” said Snow. Coun­cil dis­cussed fur­ther­ing its re­la­tion­ship with the Vik­ing Trail and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, as well as a need for ad­di­tional mem­bers on the tourism com­mit­tee.

Col­burne ex­pressed her grat­i­tude for JCP (Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ships) work that brought steps to the wa­ter tower, re­placed sid­ing on the town hall, and added a new kitch­enette at the fire hall.

Hed­der­son pro­posed some work should be done to get more young peo­ple in­volved with coun­cil by reach­ing out to get a youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive would likely be a St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet stu­dent at White Hills Academy in St. An­thony.

“It’s to bring in young ideas with the hopes that they will stay and en­thuse oth­ers for coun­cil, that’s what it’s all about,” said Hed­der­son. The pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing the name of the Mus­sel Fes­ti­val was also brought to the ta­ble, but it was de­cided to leave the mat­ter ul­ti­mately up to the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee.

To­wards the end of the meet­ing, coun­cil dis­cussed do­ing work to beau­tify the town’s wa­ter­front prop­erty, to have it up kept and scenic for res­i­dents and tourists.

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