Council in brief
Regular meeting of the Lewisporte Town Council held Sept. 5
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lewisporte council meeting was held on Sept. 5, 2017