Coun­cil­lor at large: Gander

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

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.

Siren use

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.

Pa­rade sirens

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.

Bike trails

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.

Bar­ri­cades repo­si­tioned

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.

Wa­ter leak

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.

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