Coun­cil in brief

Reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Lewis­porte Town Coun­cil held Aug. 22

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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.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

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.

Lands

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.

Pub­lic works

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.

Fi­nance

The town ap­proved the is­suance of cheques in the amount of $347,578.47 for the pe­riod be­tween Aug. 1-18, 2017.

Spe­cial men­tions

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.”

THE PI­LOT/FILE PHOTO

Lewis­porte coun­cil meet­ing in brief Aug. 22.

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