Mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics

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Catch up with the mu­nic­i­pal is­sue in your area. The Pi­lot has high­lights from the Lewis­porte Town Coun­cil’s reg­u­lar meet­ing on Aug 22. The Pi­lot also has high­lights from the floor of the Twill­ingate Town Coun­cil.

The meet­ing of coun­cil con­vened at 7 p.m. in the Twill­ingate Town Hall, with re­grets pro­vided for Coun. Grant White, who was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Coun­cil re­solved to dis­cuss plans to re­place the town clerk/ man­ager, who is set to re­tire. The town in­tends to draft an em­ploy­ment ad for the soon-to-be­va­cant po­si­tion. Once drafted, coun­cil will con­sider the ad for ap­proval. No date was pro­vided for the re­tire­ment.

The cost of re­plac­ing six win­dows at the pool build­ing has in­creased to $16,000 plus HST. Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes, the steel sheet­ing un­der­neath the win­dows had to be re­placed with vinyl due to rust dam­age. The build­ing roof sheet­ing will also be painted at a cost of $16,000 plus HST as part of the ren­o­va­tion.

Mayor Dal­ley ad­vised coun­cil he at­tended a med­i­cal ser­vices meet­ing in Gan­der to dis­cuss the de­liv­ery of med­i­cal ser­vices in the re­gion. Re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion prac­tices at Cen­tral Health were among the top­ics dis­cussed ac­cord­ing to the min­utes. Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes, Dal­ley “ad­vised that the meet­ing seemed to sug­gest that bias ap­pears to ex­ist favour­ing the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity at Grand Fall­sWind­sor over the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at Gan­der.”

The Pi­lot will pro­vide fur­ther up­dates as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

Pub­lic works

The town man­ager ad­vised coun­cil the pub­lic works fore­man met with res­i­dent Jack Troake re­gard­ing is­sues with a drainage ditch in the area. Troake has re­quested coun­cil in­stall ap­prox­i­mately 120 feet of cul­vert and two man­holes to ad­dress his con­cerns with the ditch. Coun­cil re­solved to have the fore­man meet with the res­i­dent again to dis­cuss the scope and cost of the work re­quired.

Coun­cil re­solved to de­mol­ish a di­lap­i­dated build­ing lo­cated at 79 Dur­rell St. Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes, there is no known owner of the prop­erty, and as such coun­cil will place the ap­pro­pri­ate no­tices of the de­mo­li­tion at the prop­erty.

Cor­re­spon­dence

Coun­cil has re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from a res­i­dent op­pos­ing the open­ing of any ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­nesses in town. The town man­ager ad­vised coun­cil this is the sec­ond piece of cor­re­spon­dence re­ceived from Heiko and Cyn­thia Bank re­gard­ing the is­sue. Coun­cil re­it­er­ated in cham­ber the con­tents of the ini­tial re­sponse to the res­i­dent. Coun­cil ad­vised it can­not re­strict the num­ber of any type of busi­ness that wishes to op­er­ate in the com­mu­nity. The role of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is to en­sure busi­nesses com­ply with es­tab­lished reg­u­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the min­utes. Coun­cil did re­solve to write a letter to the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment re­quest­ing sta­tis­ti­cal data on oc­cu­pancy rates in the re­gion. The cor­re­spon­dence was de­ferred for later dis­cus­sion.

Lands

Coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to move for­ward with the re­zon­ing of land lo­cated at Dock Road from ru­ral to res­i­den­tial. The town man­ager ad­vised coun­cil no pub­lic con­cerns had been re­ceived re­gard­ing the pro­posed change. The re-zon­ing is to ac­com­mo­date a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the area, ac­cord­ing to the min­utes.

Coun­cil also ap­proved a mo­tion to re-zone a par­cel of land at 252 Bayview St. from ru­ral to mixed de­vel­op­ment. The re­zon­ing is to ac­com­mo­date a planned cabin rental busi­ness at the lo­ca­tion. The town man­ager ad­vised coun­cil no pub­lic con­cerns had been re­ceived at a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion held May 31.

Fi­nance

The town ap­proved pay­ment of ac­counts in the amount of $31,227.12. No time­line for the dis­burse­ment was pro­vided in the min­utes.

THE PI­LOT/FILE PHOTO

Twill­ingate coun­cil meet­ing in brief Aug. 22.

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