Coun­cil­lor at large: St. An­thony

High­lights from Oct. 23 town coun­cil meeting

Northern Pen - - Editorial -

The St. An­thony Town Coun­cil held a pub­lic meeting Tues­day, Oct. 23 to dis­cuss a va­ri­ety of con­cerns and up­dates from var­i­ous projects and com­mit­tees.

The meeting was at­tended by Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald, Deputy Mayor Krista Lynn How­ell, Coun­cil­lors Mark Pil­grim, Bruce Payne, Eric Boyd, Brad Jo­han­nessen and Darl Scott, town man­ager Cur­tis Richards and town clerk Judy Patey.

The North­ern Pen was present to record the meeting’s high­lights:

Steam pipe pro­tec­tion Labrador-Gren­fell Health (LGH) has no­ti­fied the Town of St. An­thony that it will be tak­ing steps to pro­tect steam lines near the den­tal of­fice.

This came in re­sponse to a let­ter from the town coun­cil, ex­press­ing con­cerns that the steam lines re­quired pro­tec­tion prior to the snow clear­ing season. The town’s let­ter had ad­vised LGH 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 and if dam­aged over the win­ter, could cut off heat­ing to the build­ing.

Speed sign on North Street Coun­cil will write the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works to place a new, larger speed sign at the en­trance to the town of St. An­thony.

Coun­cil has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed con­cerns about ve­hi­cles speed­ing in this area of town. It hopes a larger sign will de­ter speed­ers in the fu­ture.

Amer­i­can Drive

The town will be seek­ing di­rec­tion from its engi­neers on the mat­ter of up­grades to Amer­i­can Drive.

The pub­lic works com­mit­tee had re­ceived a let­ter from lo­cal busi­ness, Mau­rice’s Ser­vice Cen­tre, ask­ing whether the town would carry out up­grades to the street.

Staff was di­rected to con­sult with its engi­neers.

The com­mit­tee noted that in the mean­time, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ve­hi­cle owner to take due care and cau­tion when trav­el­ing on all pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal streets.

East Street prop­erty Coun­cil will write the owner of a prop­erty lo­cated at 238 East Street ask­ing they take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to re­pair or re­move the prop­erty.

The de­ci­sion to write the owner comes after the pub­lic works com­mit­tee re­viewed a let­ter from a res­i­dent con­cern­ing the prop­erty.

Boys and Girls Club to host

2019 St. An­thony Day Coun­cil de­ter­mined it would en­gage the St. An­thony and Area Boys and Girls Club to host St. An­thony Day on Mon­day, Aug. 5, 2019, with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the town of $1,000.

This date will serve as the town’s civic hol­i­day next year.

Baf­fin Sound Up­date Coun. Eric Boyd in­formed coun­cil there are two per­sons in­ter­ested in dis­man­tling the Baf­fin Sound – a derelict boat that has been aban­doned at a mu­nic­i­pal wharf for nearly a decade.

Ce­ment pad

Boyd in­formed coun­cil that the port author­ity is ap­ply­ing for a ce­ment pad to in­stall a mobile crane at one of its wharves. Mar­riage com­mis­sioner

The town re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from Arthur Kin­sella that he will no longer act as mar­riage com­mis­sioner for the Town of St. An­thony.

Town man­ager Cur­tis Richards in­formed coun­cil that nor­mally, the mayor as­sumes the po­si­tion, but may se­lect some­one else.

After a brief dis­cus­sion, Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald de­cided to ac­cept the po­si­tion.

Po­lice re­port

The town re­ceived a polic­ing re­port from the St. An­thony RCMP for the pe­riod of June 22 – Sept. 30, 2018.

McDon­ald high­lighted that the Rod­dick­ton de­tach­ment at­tended St. An­thony 18 times dur­ing this pe­riod.

He com­mented that re­sponse time re­mained a se­ri­ous con­cern for him.

“I know we’ve been lucky so far that there have been no ma­jor in­ci­dences, but what hap­pens if we do?” he asked.

Clean­ing up

Coun. Brad Jo­han­nessen used his pri­vate re­marks to ac­knowl­edge the work of res­i­dent Ch­ester Slade.

Jo­han­nessen said Slade has been pick­ing up bot­tles and lit­ter around the town’s ditches and do­nates the pro­ceeds from re­cy­cling to dif­fer­ent char­i­ties. The town will write Slade a let­ter thank­ing him for his work.

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