Burin Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil holds an­nual gen­eral meet­ing

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

The Burin Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil held its fifth an­nual gen­eral meet­ing Nov. 19.

Dur­ing his year- in- re­view re­port, chair­man Everett Far­well, high­lighted sev­eral ini­tia­tives the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been work­ing on.

To date, the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Baine Har­bour, For­tune and St. Lawrence have for­mally passed mo­tions to ex­empt new fam­ily doc­tor grad­u­ates from busi­ness and prop­erty taxes for a pe­riod of five years.

Far­well, a coun­cil­lor with the Town of Burin, en­cour­aged other towns to also pass mo­tions to pro­vide new grad­u­ates with as many choices as pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish prac­tices in the re­gion.

The joint coun­cil, mean­while, is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts to con­vince Bell Mo­bil­ity of the need to pro­vide ad­di­tional cel­lu­lar in­fra­struc­ture along the Burin Penin­sula High­way.

Far­well said the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­ceived let­ters of sup­port from the Burin Penin­sula Cham­ber of Com­merce, the RCMP’s Burin Penin­sula de­tach­ment, Grieg NL, the Burin Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board and the Town of Marys­town.

As well, Far­well said the joint coun­cil con­tin­ues to sup­port the Stand Against Drugs on the Burin Penin­sula com­mit­tee’s ef­forts to have se­cure treat­ment and de­tox leg­is­la­tion tabled quickly in the House of As­sem­bly, as well as pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing leg­is­la­tion fast tracked and im­ple­mented.

Or­ga­niz­ers with the Burin Penin­sula Re­lay for Life and the Burin Penin­sula chap­ter of Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing (MADD) gave pre­sen­ta­tions at the AGM.

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