Councillor at large: St. Anthony
Highlights from Oct. 23 town council meeting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.