Highlights from the regular meeting of St. Anthony town council
St. Anthony will soon have a bus service operating from the home of Henry Rose to St. Anthony airport. Residents had until Oct. 2 to express their opinions on the public notice for discretionary use of a residential property, but town administration received no letters or comments. Council passed the motion to grant the exception unanimously.
Bell Mobility will get the goahead to install a small cell antenna at the Polar Centre to augment capacity and coverage. The arena is notorious for dropped calls and poor data performance, so Bell proposed the upgrade at no cost to the town. Council voted to accept the proposal at its Oct. 9 meeting.
Courtesy light Councillor Eric Boyd reported on his attendance at the recent Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador conference held Oct. 3-6 in Gander. Among the resolutions passed by the provincial association of interest to St. Anthony was one to provide green courtesy lights to volunteer firefighters for their personal vehicles. The motion included a provision to also launch a public awareness campaign to educate motorists to give right of way to volunteers responding to an incident, although it would not be a traffic offence not to do so. St. Anthony council was receptive to the idea.
Council has approved construction of a new four-unit apartment building on East Street. Administration received no objections or complaints about the proposal by Dustin Spurrell. Council voted unanimously to give the go-ahead on Oct. 9, the day before the public consultation period ended, with the stipulation that no further correspondence was received on Oct. 10.
Telethon broadcaster Council agreed to pay Event 3Sixty $2,810—half its proposed broadcasting fee—in advance to secure Nov. 7 as the date for the annual St. Anthony Fire Department Telethon. The $5,621 bid by Event 3Sixty, the company that also broadcasted last year’s telethon was the lowest of three received by the town. The telethon raised $31,000 in 2017.
A plan to beautify the town and area by removing unsightly vehicle wrecks from properties has received excellent response. St. Anthony administration reported to council it has collected 20 names of people who want to take advantage of an agreement between Norpen Regional Services Board and NewCo Metals to collect vehicle wrecks. There is still time for residents to get their names on the list by calling the town at 454-3454.
Pedestrian safety Councillor Bruce Payne requested the town put a reminder on its website for residents who are out walking in the evening to wear reflective clothing and for drivers to be aware of pedestrians now that the days are getting shorter. Town manager Curtis Richards added that people should call the town if they notice streetlights that are not working. There are approximately 30 pedestrian fatalities per year in Newfoundland and Labrador and more than 600 non-fatal injuries.
Terry Fox Run
Deputy Mayor Krista Lynn Howell used her private member’s time to congratulate organizers of this year’s Terry Fox Run. A partnership between the town’s recreation department and White Hills Academy saw participation balloon from a handful of people to more than 300 and monies raised go from approximately $160 last year to more than $5,000 this year, Howell said. She added specific thanks to town recreation director Scott Coish and White Hills instructional resource teacher Nikki Rose for making the 2018 run a success.