Funds ap­proved for fire safety gear

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY BRYAN TAIT

The Port aux Basques Fire De­part­ment has re­ceived funds from the prov­ince to pur­chase some new safety gear.

In a let­ter to coun­cil read at the Oct. 4 meet­ing, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce con­firmed a fire pro­tec­tion fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance grant to­talling $8,625 had been ap­proved.

The funds will be used to buy four sets of bunker cloth­ing for the de­part­ment.

The prov­ince will cover 80 per cent of the cost, or $6,450 af­ter an HST re­bate. The town will be re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­ing 20 per cent, or $1,612.50 af­ter the HST re­bate.

No money for fire trucks

An­other re­quest for pro­vin­cial funds to sup­port the fire de­part­ment was re­jected by the gov­ern­ment.

In March, the town had re­quested fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance through the fire pro­tec­tion ve­hi­cle pro­gram.

A let­ter from di­rec­tor of Fire Ser­vices Derek Simmons stated the re­quest couldn’t be ap­proved as all the funds un­der the pro­gram in ques­tion had been al­lo­cated for the 2016-17 fis­cal year.

Snow clear­ing re­quests

The Gate­way Sta­tus of Women Coun­cil wrote a let­ter to coun­cil, re­quest­ing the town look at mak­ing An­der­son Lane a pri­or­ity when it comes to snow clear­ing.

The Gate­way Women’s Cen­tre is lo­cated on An­der­son Lane, just off High Street.

The let­ter in­di­cated the or­ga­ni­za­tion hires a con­trac­tor to keep their drive­way clear, but An­der­son Lane is of­ten not cleared by 8:30 a.m. and the con­trac­tor must clear part of the street. This has driven the group’s costs up.

Coun­cil­lors said they had to be care­ful about des­ig­nat­ing cer­tain roads as pri­or­i­ties over others, but en­cour­aged Gate­way to con­tact the town if they feel the street isn’t be­ing cleared in a timely man­ner.

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