Councillor at large: St. Anthony
Synopsis of the Oct. 24 meeting of St. Anthony town council
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
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.
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.
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.