Strate­gic plan­ning

The Lewisporte Town Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied some pri­or­ity ar­eas.

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

The Town Coun­cil in Lewisporte has ap­proved a strate­gic plan that maps out pri­or­i­ties over the next four years, only weeks be­fore the sched­uled mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

The plan pro­vides a gen­eral out­line of five ob­jec­tives the town is hoping to ac­com­plish in the com­ing years. The doc­u­ment is light on de­tails, but is clear in estab­lish­ing the Town’s pri­or­i­ties.

The doc­u­ment opens with a mes­sage from cur­rent Mayor Brian Sce­viour. In it he ex­plains coun­cil rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of estab­lish­ing fu­ture pri­or­i­ties, and says they have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the town’s goals. The doc­u­ment does not ce­ment a path for the in­com­ing coun­cil, but rather is a set of sug­ges­tions, says Sce­viour.

“It is a bit close to a new coun­cil com­ing in, but when we did it in the first place, the in­tent was to have some in­for­ma­tion avail­able,” Sce­viour told the Pi­lot. “We’re not bind­ing any­body to any­thing.”

Health­care ser­vices is strate­gic ini­tia­tive num­ber one ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment. The goal of coun­cil is to de­velop a strat­egy to con­vince the prov- in­cial govern­ment to main­tain emer­gency ser­vices, 24/7 lab­o­ra­tory and x-ray ser­vices. The Town in­tends to es­tab­lish a com­mit­tee to map out a health im­prove­ment ser­vice strat­egy. In the­ory the group would meet with mem­bers of the med­i­cal com­mu­nity to de­ter­mine what med­i­cal ser­vices should be a pri­or­ity.

Strate­gic ini­tia­tive num­ber two is roads, side­walks, as well as wa­ter and sewer ser­vices in the town. The strate­gic plan in­di­cates the Town hopes to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture in all as­pects, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on Lewisporte’s Main Street and the in­stal­la­tion of fire hy­drants of the south side.

A waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity is next on the list. Changes in fed­eral leg­is­la­tion in 2012 have made this item a pri­or­ity across the coun­try and the new Waste­water Sys­tems Ef­flu­ent Reg­u­la­tions are now in force. The reg­u­la­tions firmly es­tab­lish the coun­try’s first na­tional stan­dards for waste­water treat­ment. The new rules are es­tab­lished un­der the Fish­eries Act and in­clude a manda­tory min­i­mum ef­flu­ent qual­ity stan­dard for Cana­dian cities and towns.

The pri­va­ti­za­tion of Wool­frey’s Pond Park and Camp­ground, Die Trac Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute and the Lewisporte Ma­rina are all listed as coun­cil pri­or­i­ties head into the next four year.

“Strate­gic Is­sue Num­ber Four” says the town will ex­am­ine the po­ten­tial of pri­va­tiz­ing the as­sets and de­ter­mine whether “it is in the Town’s short and long-term in­ter­ests to con­tinue op­er­at­ing such fa­cil­i­ties, or sell them to pri­vate en­trepreneurs.”

The Town re­cently faced back­lash from some res­i­dents af­ter pri­va­ti­za­tion was sug­gested in coun­cil as pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Pi­lot. The adop­tion of the plan means the pri­va­ti­za­tion ex­am­i­na­tion will con­tinue to move for­ward un­der the new coun­cil.

The fi­nal ini­tia­tive listed in the doc­u­ment is to ex­am­ine the ben­e­fits of a se­cond ac­cess and exit to Lewisporte. The goal is to de­velop a busi­ness case on the ben­e­fits of an al­ter­na­tive ac­cess route. A sec­ondary ac­cess route has been a pri­or­ity for coun­cil for decades says Sce­viour. With flood­ing last Oc­to­ber cut­ting off a pri­or­ity of the town and the con­sol­i­da­tion of the Main Street sew­ers a pri­or­ity over the next four years, a sec­ondary route may be re­quired.

“I think it’s a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors there,” said Sce­viour. “The fact that we do have cer­tain ar­eas of town, where if some­thing hap­pens, you just can’t get by and there is no al­ter­na­tive.”

The Pi­lot will pro­vide up­dates as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

CON­TRIB­UTED IM­AGE

The Town of Lewisporte ap­proved a four-year strate­gic plan at the last reg­u­lar meet­ing of coun­cil, and with less than a month to go be­fore this year’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

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