Councillor at large: Gander
The following is a synopsis of the Oct. 25 meeting of Gander town council, its first public meeting since the newly elected council was sworn in.
Council received correspondence from a resident whose autistic child is affected by siren use in the early morning hours.
While the importance of emergency vehicles using sirens was not lost on the resident, the town was asked to find a way to curb siren use in the early morning or late at night when traffic is reduced.
The acting fire chief indicated that the Highway Traffic Act requires the use of sirens when travelling above a certain speed, as larger trucks take longer to slow down or stop than regular vehicles. Council agreed sirens must be used when responding to a call.
Concerns about the use of sirens during parades arose in the recreation minutes.
Some residents feel the sirens are too loud, and asked that a section of the parade route be designated as quiet, with sirens turned off during this portion of the route.
The committee agreed and recommended contacting municipal enforcement for input.
Temporary signs being placed on town- owned land have caught the attention of council. It was noted these signs have become unsightly and taken away from the land- scape.
Council said advertising areas for non- profit and noncommercial organizations should be availed of. It was suggested permanent signage for businesses would be an effective solution.
The Cycling Group has its sights set on two sections of land in Gander. The group wants to build a pump track in green space behind Hornell and Cheshire, and is building a mountain biking-only trail – no ATVs – on land behind the chamber of commerce building.
The pump track idea raised concerns due to being so close to a residential area, and council wanted more information. The land behind the chamber has been designated as a comprehensive development area; however, there is an area to the west between the golf course and the former ski hill that could be suitable. The group would like to use this area to start some trail work at no cost to the town.
The town granted a request to reposition barricades located on the trail entrance between 58-60 MacDonald Drive. The barricades were installed to prevent motorized vehicles from entering the trail. Users are accessing the trail outside the designated entrance by crossing private property, increasing personal damage.
The barricades were put in place decades ago to prevent cars and trucks from accessing the trail. ATVs are acceptable on the trail, and the barricades will be repositioned to allow access without encroaching on private property.
The town is not taking responsibility for a water leak on a residential property on Cotton Street.
The owner claims the leak was a result of work carried out in the area by the town, and asked the town to cover the cost of repairs.
Upon review, it was agreed by public works and services the leak was not caused by the restoration, but the line had deteriorated to the point of failure. Council did not recommend reimbursement.