Council in brief
Regular meeting of the Lewisporte Town Council held Aug. 22
A scheduled delegation to Lewisporte Town Council’s most recent meeting was cancelled at the last minute.
Resident Steven Hollett was on hand to discuss a water service issue pertaining to his Lewisporte residence, but the matter was resolved before the presentation could be made, as council advised Hollett it would address the issue immediately.
Hollett’s primary residence has been experiencing a water pressure issue for the last several years. The issue is believed to have been caused by a shared water line, which delivers water to both properties. Council decided to move forward and establish a separate curb stop for the neighbouring property to alleviate the problem. The work will be completed at no cost to Hollett.
Recreation and tourism
The Town of Lewisporte’s summer student employment programs have come to an end. Councilor Ed Vatcher thanked the students on behalf of council for a successful year. Recreation and tourism director Chris Watton will host a celebratory barbeque for the student at Woolfrey’s Pond Park Aug. 24.
The ice is being laid down at the Lewisporte Stadium in anticipation of the upcoming winter season. Tryouts for the Central Ice Pak Hockey team will also begin Sept. 1.
Council has approved a vendor permit for G. G. Meals on Wheels. The mobile food vendor has approval from several local establishments to operate on location.
Council again discussed a conflict with Mussel Bed Soiree food vendor permits and establishing a system in which regu- lar seasonal and annual permits would exclude festival days. Council resolved to further explore the issue of establishing an exclusivity bylaw.
Business is picking up at the municipal wharf. Council reports several vessels making use of the recently dredged wharf and has plans for further investment. The Pilot will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
Relocation of the former rail bed and current ATV trail was a subject of discussion for council. Construction of the Orange Store has left some trail users unsure of the correct route through the area, according to council. Council reports town manager Brian Peckford has been tasked with determining an alternate route for the trail that is suitable to the town and the business community. The Pilot will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
Council approved a motion to spend $ 12,075 to investigate a drainage issue with the town’s sewer infrastructure. The costs will cover the investigation and engineering portion the project, which is affecting the existing infrastructure on First Avenue.
Flood remediation work continues with the realignment of Woolfrey Brook. The town applied for and received $161,000 from the provincial government to realign the brook and replace the rail bed bridge. The change is expected to alleviate bank erosion occurring on some Lockmore Street residential properties.
A retaining wall that supported the properties was damaged in last year’s flooding, and some minor erosion has since occurred. The project will also widen the brook, which is expected to further lessen the risk of localized flooding. Council will also spend an additional $23,000 to cover the cost of replacing the retaining wall. Council has passed a motion to begin the tender portion of the project. The Pilot will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
The town approved the issuance of cheques in the amount of $347,578.47 for the period between Aug. 1-18, 2017.
Coun. Les Watton heaped praise on the staff at Hann’s Point Player Theatre. Council recently attended a performance by the local dinner theatre troupe and Mayor Brian Sceviour pointed out the economic benefit of the organization’s presence in the community.
“All together on payroll up there this summer there are 20 people,” said Sceviour. “Now it might only be for an eight-week program, but that is a fair bit of employment activity in that building.”
Lewisporte council meeting in brief Aug. 22.