Coun­cil Briefs

Food In­spec­tion Agency closed in St. An­thony

Northern Pen - - News - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

The Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) in St. An­thony is clos­ing.

At a town coun­cil meet­ing on Sept. 30 Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald re­vealed the of­fice would be closed as of Fri­day, Sept. 30.

The mayor is con­cerned, and thinks the town should protest the de­ci­sion.

“This af­fects Clear­wa­ter Seafoods, Eim­skip and a whole host of other agen­cies that’s hop­ing to do busi­ness in town,” he said. “I think we have to reach out to our MP, write a let­ter and see what’s go­ing on.”

He says coun­cil was not given a rea­son for the clo­sure.

The mayor pointed out the town has al­ways had a CFIA of­fi­cer and now the clos­est will be lo­cated over 200 km away in Port au Choix.

Other items up for dis­cus­sion at the Sept. 25 coun­cil meet­ing in­cluded:

Speed sign on North Street

Coun­cil­lor Bruce Payne says the Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee is ask­ing the prov­ince to in­stall a larger speed limit sign on Route 430 en­ter­ing the town to, hope­fully, de­ter speed­ers. The town has writ­ten the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works on the mat­ter.

Cross­walk de­clined

The Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee de­clined a re­quest from Ho­tel North for a cross­walk be­tween Ho­tel North and the Vik­ing Mall In­ter­sec­tion on West Street. The com­mit­tee felt it would not be a good lo­ca­tion for a cross­walk, due to blind spots on three lanes of traf­fic.

LGH steam pipe pro­tec­tion

Coucil voted to write to Labrador-Gren­fell Health ask­ing the steam pipes be pro­tected prior to this year’s snow clear­ing sea­son and to ad­vise that the town takes no re­spon­si­bil­ity if the lines are dam­aged due to snow re­moval or oth­er­wise.

The steam pipes run to the St. An­thony Fam­ily Den­tal Clinic. If they are dam­aged, it would cut off heat­ing to the build­ing.

Mayor McDon­ald told The North­ern Pen the guardrail that pro­tected the steam pipes from snow had to be re­moved.

The is­sue now, he says, is that the shoul­der of the road is not wide enough to put the guardrail back there.

The mayor says LabradorGren­fell Health needs to come up with some way to pro­tect the steam pipes be­fore the guardrail is put back in place.

“We’re fear­ful snow will be pushed down on top of the steam pipes and it will do dam­age,” he said.

Goose Cove wa­ter sup­ply

The town is chang­ing its mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries so that the Town of Goose Cove’s wa­ter sup­ply at Jack’s Pond will no longer be part of St. An­thony.

Town web­site

The coun­cil voted to change the town web­site’s URL from www.town.stan­thony.nf.ca to www.stan­thony.ca

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