Coun­cil briefs – Gan­der

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

The fol­low­ing is a syn­op­sis ver­sion of the Sept. 6 meet­ing of the Gan­der Town Coun­cil.

Des­ig­nated park­ing

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.

Park­ing space

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.

Zo­diac fundrais­ing

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.

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