Mu­nic­i­pal re­port

Ramea talks about sea­wall up­grades

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSALYN ROY THE GULF NEWS Rosalyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

Bur­geo wa­ter woes; Ramea’s sea­wall.

BUR­GEO, NL – Wa­ter me­ters were a hot but­ton topic at the last Bur­geo coun­cil meet­ing on July 19.

Con­cerned res­i­dents sent a del­e­ga­tion, led by for­mer Bur­geo mayor Ge­orge Reid to speak on their be­half about on­go­ing wa­ter us­age is­sues. (See page A1 for full story)

Waste Man­age­ment

Once the new waste trans­fer sta­tion at Seal Brook garbage sta­tion is com­pleted in 2018, garbage fees will in­crease for res­i­dents of Bur­geo and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The West­ern Re­gional Waste Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion man­dates the fee in­creases, which will be roughly $100 for Bur­geo res­i­dents.

Un­til then Bur­geo will con­tinue to ac­cept sealed bins for Grey River, brought about by ne­ces­sity af­ter the Grey River in­cin­er­a­tor ceased to be func­tional two years ago and they were de­nied re­place­ment due to the tran­si­tion.

New Doc­tors ar­rive

Two new doc­tors have ar­rived in Bur­geo and started work shortly af­ter the Canada Day 150 cel­e­bra­tions.

Hous­ing for the doc­tors was ar­ranged through an agree­ment be­tween the RCMP and West­ern Health.

Aquaculture

Mike Rose, con­sul­tant with RoSyn­ergy Inc., was in Bur­geo early in June re­gard­ing aquaculture. Al­though there are leases for aquaculture in the area, the process is slow and at this point still pre­lim­i­nary.

Wa­ter study

A Me­mo­rial Univer­sity stu­dent will be do­ing a study on Bur­geo’s wa­ter as part of her Mas­ter’s de­gree. Up un­til two years ago Bur­geo had been un­der a boil wa­ter or­der for over a decade.

The next meet­ing of the Bur­geo town coun­cil is Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

RAMEA

Dur­ing Ramea coun­cil’s meet­ing on May 8 Sea­wall up­grades were dis­cussed.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes of that meet­ing, the town has ap­plied for fund­ing un­der the 2017- 18 Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works and CostShared Fund­ing Pro­gram for sea­wall up­grades and re­pairs.

Fund­ing

The town has also ap­plied for fund­ing for a fire truck. At­tempts to de­ter­mine the sta­tus of the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the sea­wall and truck were un­suc­cess­ful prior to print dead­line on Thurs­day, July 27.

It was also noted at the May 8 meet­ing that re­sults of wa­ter test­ing proved sat­is­fac­tory. A Special As­sis­tance Grant for $40,000 was ap­proved for the town to help cover ex­penses re­lated to the con­tam­i­na­tion of the wa­ter sup­ply.

Sum­mer ferry

The ferry sum­mer sched­ule was amended. The ferry now leaves Ramea at 3:30 pm in­stead of 6:30 pm on Satur­days and Sun­days. The ferry com­mit­tee still does not have a chair­per­son.

Break-ins

Coun­cil was ad­vised that a num­ber of va­cant homes had been bro­ken into, and took steps to alert the RCMP.

ROSALYN ROY / THE GULF NEWS

Bur­geo coun­cil last met on July 19. Their next coun­cil meet­ing is sched­uled for Au­gust 16 at 7:30 pm.

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