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