Council briefs – Gander
The following is a synopsis version of the Sept. 6 meeting of the Gander Town Council.
A resident expressed her concerns about the parking of large vehicles along a section of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) from the hospital to the Orange Store in Gander, and recommended the installation of designated parking for larger vehicles.
After some discussion, Public Works stated it was not the responsibly of the Town to provide additional parking areas to accommodate patrons of businesses along the TCH.
Magee Health concerns
Concerns were brought forward about the odor being emitted from the Magee Road Sewage Treatment plant. The new Grade 4-6 school is of particular concern.
The Town has set up a meeting with the Department of Health and Depatment of Environment to explore any possible health concerns that might come from the plant.
Following a request from a patron at the Town Square Business Centre, the Town will be adding a blue space parking spot next to the dental office. While this doesn’t fall under the Buildings Accessibility Legislation, it has been deemed a necessity and the Town will move forward with the placement of the space.
Additional funds approved
The Youth Conference Newfoundland and Labrador requested sponsorship of $2,500 for the annual youth conference to be held in Gander from Oct. 6-8. The conference attracts 1,500 youth and 100 volunteers.
The Town had previously budgeted $2,000 for the conference, but because the request wasn’t considered unreasonable, the additional $500 was approved.
The Town has allowed Gander Fire Rescue to move forward with fundraising efforts for the purchase of a zodiac Milpro rapid deployment zodiac.
Considering the Department’s large geographic coverage area, it was felt this would a great asset for the department.
Fire fighter thanks
A victim of an ATV accident back in October has expressed her gratitude and thanks to all the firefighters who contributed to her rescue. She says they are the reason she is alive today.
The woman suffered a shattered pelvis, broken vertebrae and broken leg. Until two weeks ago she was confined to a wheelchair, but is now up and walking and has since returned to work.