Councillor at large: St. Lunaire-Griquet
The following is a synopsis of the Oct. 18 council meeting
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.