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.”
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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.
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.
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.
The town approved payment of accounts in the amount of $31,227.12. No timeline for the disbursement was provided in the minutes.
Twillingate council meeting in brief Aug. 22.