Coun­cil­lor at large: St. An­thony

Synop­sis of the Oct. 24 meet­ing of St. An­thony town coun­cil

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

ST. AN­THONY, NL – At­tend­ing the Oct. 24 meet­ing of St. An­thony town coun­cil were Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald, coun­cil­lors Mark Pil­grim, Bruce Payne, Eric Boyd, Brad Jo­han­nessen, Darl Scott, deputy mayor Krista Lynn How­ell, town man­ager Cur­tis Richards and town clerk Judy Patey. There were no ab­sen­tees.

$500,000 for Se­niors’ Hous­ing project

The fi­nance com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that coun­cil lend the St. An­thony Non­Profit Se­niors’ Hous­ing Com­plex Inc. $500,000 un­der the con­di­tion that all funds are to be re­paid in full within a 10year pe­riod.

These funds will be used for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Se­nior Hous­ing Project.

A mo­tion to award the funds was car­ried by coun­cil.

Cham­ber of Com­merce meet­ing with

Work Global Canada

Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald told coun­cil about a meet­ing the St. An­thony and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce had with Wanda Cuff Young on Oct. 14.

McDon­ald said the meet­ing high­lighted a num­ber of work short­ages in front-line or en­try-level jobs through­out the prov­ince, and noted the prov­ince is go­ing to have to rely more on for­eign work­ers to fill these po­si­tions.

McDon­ald won­dered why they weren’t able to fill po­si­tions for auto body re­pair work.

“Pay peo­ple a sen­si­ble wage and they might want to do it,” stated Coun. Brad Jo­han­nessen.

MNL fee in­crease for 2018

Town coun­cil has been no­ti­fied that Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador (MNL) is propos­ing a 10 per cent fee in­crease from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for 2018.

A let­ter from MNL in­di­cates it is seek­ing an an­nual in­crease of ap­prox­i­mately $100,000.

The town of St. An­thony’s would go from pay­ing $2,925.78 to $3,215.94 for an in­crease of $290.66.

Mayor McDon­ald and Coun. Eric Boyd will at­tend the next MNL an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and, on be­half of coun­cil, will be able to voice whether or not they sup­port the pro­posed in­crease. Call for Cap­i­tal Works ap­pli­ca­tions

for 2018/19

The De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment has put out a no­ti­fi­ca­tion that ap­pli­ca­tions for 2018/19 cap­i­tal works fund­ing pro­grams are to be sub­mit­ted by Nov 30, 2017.

Town man­ager Cur­tis Richards said coun­cil is go­ing to have to de­ter­mine what their pri­or­i­ties are.

He said one thing they’ll have a con­ver­sa­tion on is a new fire hall.

Garbage boxes

Coun. Boyd wanted to re­mind res­i­dents to make sure with win­ter near that their garbage boxes are at least 25 feet away from the cen­ter line of the road on side roads, and 33 feet away from the cen­ter line on the main road.

“If they’re there when the plow goes by, they’re not go­ing to be there any longer,” he said.

Mayor McDon­ald em­pha­sized that this rule is not to be con­fused with NorPen Waste Man­age­ment’s rule stat­ing the garbage, not nec­es­sar­ily the boxes, are to be within 10 feet from the shoul­der of the road at the time of pick-up.

IGA mu­sic pro­gram

Deputy mayor Krista Lynn How­ell pro­vided an up­date on the mu­sic pro­gram the In­ter­na­tional Gren­fell As­so­ci­a­tion (IGA) has pro­posed for the re­gion.

She said a co­or­di­na­tor has been hired and is slated to start late May.

“He’s fully qual­i­fied, has a mu­si­cal de­gree from Memo­rial Univer­sity and has worked in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties with that de­gree,” said How­ell.

Girls’ soft­ball team

How­ell con­grat­u­lated the White Hills Academy girls’ soft­ball team on com­ing home with a sil­ver medal from the tour­na­ment in Glover­town.

Christ­mas pa­rade

Coun. Darl Scott pointed out that the Christ­mas pa­rade has been smaller in re­cent years. Mayor McDon­ald won­dered what they could do to get more peo­ple in­volved.

Coun­cil agreed to have more dis­cus­sions on this.

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