Coun­cil­lor at large: St. An­thony

High­lights from Dec. 18 town coun­cil meet­ing

Northern Pen - - Editorial -

The St. An­thony Town Coun­cil held a pub­lic meet­ing Tues­day, Dec. 18, 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 and Eric Boyd, town man­ager Cur­tis Richards and ac­counts re­ceiv­able clerk Karen Hillier. Coun. Bruce Payne joined as the meet­ing was un­der­way. Coun­cil­lors Brad Jo­han­nessen and Darl Scott sent their re­grets.

The North­ern Pen was present to record the meet­ing’s high­lights.

Date set for health fo­rum

The Town of St. An­thony has con­firmed Jan. 22 as the date for a health fo­rum. The health fo­rum will be a part­ner­ship be­tween the Town of St. An­thony and Labrador-Gren­fell Health (LGH). The fo­rum will be held in St. An­thony. Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald says it won’t be a large event open to the pub­lic. The town and LGH are invit­ing stake­hold­ers from dif­fer­ent groups. It is to be de­ter­mined how they will in­volve mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic.

“We will sit down, have a con­ver­sa­tion, look at some is­sues and see how we can work to­gether for bet­ter out­comes and see where we can go from there,” McDon­ald said.

New man­age­rial po­si­tion at hos­pi­tal McDon­ald in­formed coun­cil that he had met with LGH CEO Heather Brown and had re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion there will be a new man­age­rial po­si­tion at Charles S. Cur­tis Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

The health au­thor­ity has hired a re­gional di­rec­tor of pa­tient safety & qual­ity/se­nior di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for the Charles S. Cur­tis Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and John M. Gray Cen­tre. This new role con­sol­i­dates two pre­vi­ous po­si­tions. McDon­ald also said there will be no re­duc­tion in man­age­ment staff at the hos­pi­tal.

Cré­mail­lère Har­bour Marine Port Devel­op­ment sup­port Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to voice their sup­port for the Cré­mail­lère Har­bour Marine Port Devel­op­ment project, as pro­posed by Great North­ern Port.

The pro­po­nent sub­mit­ted an en­vi­ron­men­tal pre­view re­port and the doc­u­ment is avail­able to read on the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment’s web­site. The depart­ment is wel­com­ing pub­lic com­ments on the project and coun­cil wants peo­ple to show their sup­port.

“Send emails or let­ters to your MHA and the min­is­ter of mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs and en­vi­ron­ment,” said McDon­ald.

The min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion on the EPR is due by Jan. 19, 2019.

$300,000 loan for se­nior hous­ing devel­op­ment

The town coun­cil passed a mo­tion to loan a fi­nal pay­ment of $300,000 for the se­nior hous­ing project to the St. An­thony Non-Profit Se­niors Hous­ing Com­plex com­mit­tee.

The loan was made un­der the con­di­tion that the $300,000 will be paid in full when the fi­nal pay­ment comes in.

The com­mit­tee is work­ing on the devel­op­ment of 10 two-bed­room units for se­niors on Oller­head Drive in St. An­thony. The project is well un­der­way and is ex­pected to be com­pleted early in 2019.

Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion fund­ing

The Town of St. An­thony has been ap­proved for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion fund­ing from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) and the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion (TCII). ACOA will con­trib­ute $13,550 while TCII will pro­vide $4,835. The town’s con­tri­bu­tion is $955. The to­tal cost is $19,340 plus HST.

Coun. Mark Pil­grim in­formed coun­cil that at the town’s Tourism and Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing in Novem­ber they dis­cussed “fo­cal points” to in­clude in the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as brand­ing.

There were no fur­ther de­tails pro­vided at the meet­ing.

Wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity cost Pil­grim in­formed the ta­ble that con­struc­tion of a wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity, to re­move THMs from the wa­ter, could cost as much as $10 mil­lion with an an­nual op­er­a­tions cost of $500,000.

The town’s last THM read­ings show be­tween 130 to 145 ppb, in­di­cat­ing the amount was over the Cana­dian stan­dard set at 80 ppb.

Pil­grim said the town’s Pub­lic Works com­mit­tee will con­tinue to reach out to gov­ern­ment to de­ter­mine what other pos­si­ble so­lu­tions can be found for the town.

Dis­cus­sion on SABRI’s se­nior hous­ing project

Coun. Eric Boyd pro­vided an up­date on St. An­thony Basin Re­sources Inc’s (SABRI) se­nior hous­ing project.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion will be con­struct­ing new se­niors hous­ing on the former Har­riot Cur­tis Collegiate School prop­erty.

Boyd says SABRI is hop­ing to have the old school torn down this win­ter, pend­ing weather con­di­tions.

SABRI has set up a com­mit­tee for af­ford­able se­niors hous­ing and staff will send out a needs as­sess­ment sur­vey to see what the pub­lic wants.

North­ern Res­i­dents De­duc­tion

re­sponse ‘same old story’

The mayor ad­dressed cor­re­spon­dence from the Depart­ment of Fi­nance Canada, re­gard­ing the town’s wishes to re­ceive a North­ern Res­i­dents De­duc­tion.

Since 1991, the Great North­ern Penin­sula has been ex­cluded from the North­ern Res­i­dents De­duc­tion tax ben­e­fit.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties on the North­ern Penin­sula feel they should qual­ify for this ben­e­fit and the Town of St. An­thony ex­pressed this sen­ti­ment in a let­ter to Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Bill Morneau, dated May 24, 2018.

The town re­ceived a re­sponse in Novem­ber.

McDon­ald called the depart­ment’s re­sponse, the “same old story.”

Coun. Boyd quoted from the let­ter, “The in­tent of the North­ern Res­i­dents De­duc­tion for Canada’s north­ern and iso­lated re­gions is to as­sist them in draw­ing skilled labour” adding that this is what the town wants to do.

“What they’re say­ing, if that’s the case, we qual­ify,” he said. “I don’t think we should give up on it.”

Deputy Mayor How­ell added that ex­am­ples of the va­can­cies at the hos­pi­tal would make for a good counter-ar­gu­ment.

The town passed a mo­tion to write an­other let­ter to Morneau.

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