Councillor at large: St. An­thony

High­lights from the May 22 coun­cil meet­ing

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The St. An­thony Town Coun­cil held a meet­ing Tues­day, May 22 to dis­cuss a va­ri­ety of con­cerns and up­dates from var­i­ous projects and com­mit­tees.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald, Deputy Mayor Krista Lynn How­ell, Coun­cil­lors Mark Pil­grim, Bruce Payne, Eric Boyd, Brad Jo­han­nessen and Darl Scott, and town man­ager Cur­tis Richards.

RCMP is­sue

A hot topic of dis­cus­sion was the new “hub­bing” pol­icy put in place for RCMP de­tach­ments across the Great North­ern Penin­sula. All coun­cil­lors were dis­ap­pointed in the an­nounce­ment, and are hope­ful that they can or­ga­nize ef­forts to af­fect change.

For this area, the new pol­icy means that of­fi­cers work­ing on call after hours will be cov­er­ing the en­tire Rod­dick­tonBide Arm to St. An­thony area. The of­fi­cer will ro­tate on an al­ter­nat­ing ba­sis from St. An­thony to the Rod­dick­ton de­tach­ment.

“How can these of­fi­cers travel 130 kilo­me­ters, in the middle of win­ter, dark at night, roads un­plowed, and cover such a vast dis­tance? It’s crazy,” McDon­ald said.

The Mayor stated this change was made due to cut­backs and costs. Boyd spoke that the wel­fare of the com­mu­nity ought to have more im­por­tance than money; all coun­cil­lors agreed.

“The po­lice force is a cru­cial part of the pro­tec­tion of so­ci­ety,” said Payne. “If there’s no one here who can re­spond to a sit­u­a­tion, and it’s a mat­ter of time you have to wait – we have no po­lice force is what we’re say­ing, we don’t have that pro­tec­tion.”

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to write a letter stat­ing their con­cerns to Jus­tice and Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons, and to sched­ule a meet­ing with RCMP Staff Sergeant David Cook.

Up­com­ing health fo­rum How­ell high­lighted the re­cent praise the Charles S. Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal has re­ceived, with two physi­cians win­ning awards and the ac­co­lades made by peo­ple from out­side of St. An­thony with the treat­ment they re­ceived at the hospi­tal.

“I would like to re­mind the pub­lic that these spe­cialty ser­vices are vi­tal to our hospi­tal, and in the up­com­ing health fo­rum to please draw all your at­ten­tion to that to get your voice heard and ad­vo­cate for these ser­vices,” the Deputy Mayor said. “We don’t want to lose any of them.”

Coun­cil also dis­cussed the need to or­ga­nize a meet­ing with Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie when he ar­rived in St. An­thony on May 25. The health fo­rum is sched­uled to take place in Septem­ber and will in­clude a sur­vey re­leased to the pub­lic be­fore­hand some­time in the sum­mer.

Com­mit­tee up­dates Fol­low­ing a Fire Depart­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing on May 16, coun­cil car­ried a mo­tion to con­tract the re­pair of the fire depart­ment’s garage doors to Budgell’s Con­struc­tion at a cost of $15,525.

As well, a mo­tion was car­ried to ap­ply for funds to carry out the re­pairs to the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment.

A mo­tion was also car­ried to re­pair two breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses at an es­ti­mated cost of $2,000.

A mo­tion was car­ried to send two fire­fight­ers to new train­ing cour­ses of­fered in Grand Falls-Wind­sor. Those two fire­fight­ers would then bring the train­ing back to the other mem­bers of the St. An­thony Fire Depart­ment.

Fol­low­ing a Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee meet­ing held on May 17, coun­cil car­ried a mo­tion to ob­tain three quotes on guardrail re­pairs to sev­eral ar­eas in town and to re­place a cul­vert on Gully Bank Rd.

Coun­cil car­ried a mo­tion that the town will co­op­er­ate with the Gren­fell His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to in­stall a new wa­ter line to Gren­fell House at no ad­di­tional cost to the town.

Coun­cil de­nied a re­quest from a dam­aged prop­erty on Sully’s Road that asked the town to claim re­pairs. The claim was de­nied as it was de­ter­mined town staff did not cause the dam­age.

Coun­cil ap­proved a Crown Land ac­qui­si­tion on Amer­i­can Dr., made by Mau­rice’s Ser­vice Cen­tre.

Other items

• McDon­ald dis­cussed the re­cent meet­ing in re­gards to the blast­ing of har­bour rock un­der­way across St. An­thony’s har­bour. McDon­ald said the project’s en­gi­neer in­formed him that the work should be com­pleted in two and a half months.

• A mo­tion was car­ried to con­tinue to work with the North­ern Penin­sula Joint Coun­cil to push for a north­ern re­duc­tion al­lowance for the area.

• The Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties is of­fer­ing a grant to­talling in $125,000 for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to fo­cus on com­bat­ting cli­mate change. Coun­cil felt this was a great ini­tia­tive to bring to the next Joint Coun­cil meet­ing, sched­uled for May 26.

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