Coun­cil in brief

Reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Lewisporte Town Coun­cil held Sept. 5

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Coun­cil­lor Jim Snow re­quested coun­cil re­view the town’s pol­icy re­gard­ing is­suance of build­ing per­mits in Lewisporte.

Snow re­quested the re­view af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint from an un­named res­i­dent. Snow said the com­plaint was di­rectly re­lated to the amount of time re­quired to ap­prove build­ing per­mits for smaller projects. Snow in­di­cated the res­i­dent in ques­tion had been wait­ing five to six weeks for ap­proval to re­place an ex­ist­ing fence, and that the time re­quired seemed ex­ces­sive.

“When it comes to do­ing fences, pa­tios, we need some­thing where this can be done in a timely man­ner,” said Snow. “We have a short build­ing time in New­found­land and I think it needs to be ad­dressed.”

Coun­cilor Tucker agreed with Snow and stated he had re­ceived sim­i­lar com­plaints over the course of the sum­mer.

Town man­ager Brian Peck­ford in­di­cated an em­ployee med­i­cal leave may have im­pacted the town’s abil­ity to ap­prove per­mits this sea­son. Coun­cil re­solved to re­view the cur­rent pol­icy, and the avail­abil­ity of staff au­tho­rized to ap­prove build­ing per­mits.

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment

Coun­cil ap­proved a one-time site per­mit for a ven­dor at Wool­frey Pond Park and Camp­ground. Max’s Snacks has re­ceived per­mis­sion from the town to op­er­ate the food ser­vice in the park for day only, dur­ing a wedding re­cep­tion. Lands

Coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion for a res­i­den­tial build­ing per­mit at 2 Maple Cres. Coun­cil re-zoned the prop­erty from open space recre­ation to res­i­den­tial medium den­sity to al­low for more flex­i­bil­ity for the home­owner. The struc­ture is de­scribed in the ap­pli­ca­tion as “a sin­gle-dwelling home of ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 square feet.” The prop­erty is cur­rently a green space.

Coun­cil also ap­proved an oc­cu­pancy per­mit for an apart­ment and stor­age area at 209 Main St.

Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices

NL Power con­tin­ues to re­place hy­dro pole re­sisters, which have been caus­ing in­ter­fer­ence with Lewisporte Fire Res­cue ra­dio equip­ment as pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Pi­lot. The Pi­lot will pro­vide up­dates as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

Other Busi­ness and Cor­re­spon­dence

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to sup­port the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources’ ini­tia­tive, Na­tional For­est Week. The event is be­ing cel­e­brated across Canada from Sept. 24- 30 and is de­signed to en­cour­age all Cana­di­ans to learn more about our for­est sec- tor, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The theme of the event this year is Cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s Forests: Our Sto­ries, Our Fu­ture, which looks at for­est man­age­ment in Canada’s 150th year. There are no de­tails as to whether the procla­ma­tion will in­clude and planned events. The depart­ment has sug­gested mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties rec­og­nize of Na­tional Tree Day, Sept. 27. The prov­ince has also sug­gested host­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing a Na­tional For­est Week event, such as a tree plant­ing. The Pi­lot will pro­vide up­dates as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

Fi­nance

The town ap­proved the is­suance of cheques in the amount of $90,590.26 for the pe­riod be­tween 08/18/2017 and 09/01/2017.

THE PI­LOT / FILE PHOTO

Lewisporte coun­cil meet­ing was held on Sept. 5, 2017

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