Food Inspection Agency closed in St. Anthony
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.
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.
The council voted to change the town website’s URL from www.town.stanthony.nf.ca to www.stanthony.ca