From the Lewisporte Town Council chambers
The Oct. 24 meeting of the Lewisporte Town Council included discussion pertaining to work being carried out on Lockmoor Street and a delay in that project.
In the Oct. 18 edition of the Pilot it was reported that asphalt would be laid on Oct. 27 and landscaping work would be completed by Nov. 3.
It was noted at the most recent council meeting that it would be mid-November before asphalt would be laid on that street. It was also indicated that the Town should not incur any additional costs from work resulting from project deficiencies.
In attendance at the meeting were Mayor Betty Clarke, Deputy Mayor Krista Freake, Councillors Stephen Hollett, Brian Hooper, Perry Pond, Calvin Smart and Kenneth Tucker, along with clerk/ treasure Elaine Bursey, superintendent of works Corb Randell and director of recreation and tourism Chris Watton.
Recreation and tourism
Council approved a motion to provide sponsorship in the amount of $100 to Lucas Fudge. Fudge is a member of the ‘AAA’ Pee-Wee Icepak hockey team and the $100 will go towards the costs incurred for travel.
Watton noted that the train park would be closed Nov. 11-12 for the filming of a music video by “Cabbages and Kings”.
The Economic Development Committee will take on the responsibility of reviewing and reporting back to council on the Town strategic development plan that was compiled last year with a view to taking action on some of the initiatives.
Committee chairperson Pond noted this will help keep the development plan as an active document by the committee taking the lead.
A home based business development application was approved for a beauty services business at 20 Laytes Ave.
A vendor permit was approved for the selling of fireworks at the parking lot of the former Lewisporte Co-op.
Randell notified council that an audit of the municipal water system took place on Oct. 24. He is awaiting the report/results of that process, but noted that the reviewer was impressed with the system.
A motion was carried to redirect funds that were allocated for a new fire hall towards an existing fire hall extension.
Council carried a motion to approve a cheque register for Oct. 1-20 in the amount of $334,937.61
The “Use of Town Light Vehicles/Operating Policy” was approved by council.
A motion was carried to deny a request for a donation to the Lewisporte Collegiate Scholarship Committee. The Town already provides two $500 scholarships to the school on an annual basis. Council denied the request based on the policy and procedures for donations.
Council approved a motion to provide payment in the amount of $11,250 to cover off the taxes on a prior invoice for $75,000 paid to Southside Excavating. It was determined that a misunderstanding involving the former council resulted in $75,000 being paid, but the invoice should have been paid in the amount of $75,000 plus tax.
The Town of Lewisporte is no longer on the books for a loan guarantee for DieTrace Technical Institute. Essentially this means they are removed from the record as cosigners.