Coun­cil briefs: Gan­der

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

The fol­low­ing is a syn­op­sis of the Feb. 7 meet­ing of Gan­der town coun­cil.

Trail trou­bles

Is­sues with ATV and snow­mo­bile use within the town have been brought to coun­cil’s at­ten­tion.

The town’s pub­lic safety and pro­tec­tive ser­vices com­mit­tee meet with a res­i­dent who had con­cerns about the recre­ational ma­chin­ery be­ing op­er­ated on pub­lic streets and pedes­trian trails.

The res­i­dent feels there is an in­her­ent and sig­nif­i­cant risk when these ve­hi­cles are per­mit­ted to op­er­ate in these ar­eas, and claims he has ex­pe­ri­enced flood­ing due to highly com­pacted snow, which may lead to for­ma­tion of ice walls that can in­ter­fere with drainage be­cause of snow­mo­bil­ing ac­tiv­ity.

His prop­erty has ex­pe­ri­enced flood­ing, which he feels is a di­rect con­se­quence of snow­mo­bile use ad­ja­cent to his prop­erty. The res­i­dent would like to see the town erect a bar­rier to pre­vent ATV and snow­mo­bile use around his prop­erty.

Coun­cil is in the process of es­tab­lish­ing a sub-com­mit­tee for ATV and snow­mo­bile use in Gan­der and will in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

De­duc­tion de­nied

Coun­cil turned down a tax dis­count re­quest from Cen­tral Se­niors De­vel­op­ments Ltd. Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously signed off on a 17 per cent tax dis­count for the Pen­te­costal Church se­nior’s apart­ment build­ing, cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

The com­pany views this build­ing as com­pe­ti­tion and doesn’t feel favourable treat­ment should be given to the church group. It too re­quested a 17 per cent tax dis­count.

Coun­cil didn’t feel the same way, stat­ing church or­ga­niza- tions are non-profit and that rent con­trols will be in place, which is not the case for pri­vate in­dus­try.

Fine in­crease

Gan­der will be im­ple­ment­ing the provin­cial direc­tive to in­crease blue zone park­ing vi­o­la­tions to a min­i­mum of $400 and a max­i­mum of $700. Mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment can is­sue the same fines un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act.

In­ter­sec­tion cam­eras

The town re­ceived a let­ter from a res­i­dent re­quest­ing the town in­stall in­ter­sec­tion safety cam­eras that record li­cense plate num­bers and can be used for is­su­ing traf­fic ci­ta­tions.

The let­ter stated there have been some “near misses” and the res­i­dent feels the cam­eras could present a so­lu­tion to a haz­ard. Pub­lic safety will take the re­quest into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Memo­rial re­con­struc­tion

Plans are mov­ing for­ward for re­con­struc­tion of Memo­rial Drive dur­ing the 2018 con­struc­tion sea­son.

Work will in­clude new storm sew­ers, water mains, as­phalt road­ways, side­walks and infrastructure up­grades to water and sewer lat­eral con­nec­tions.

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