After its Nov. 15 meeting, Burgeo council met with MHA Andrew Parsons on Nov. 28 looking for support on several issues.
Council wrote a letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro asking that two other positions be reinstated as the town only had one active Hydro worker. Parsons spoke with NL Hydro, which intends to keep two lines workers on staff, believing that should prove adequate.
A citizen’s letter regarding ongoing water issues prompted some discussion about the need for a workable plan.
Council has indicated the town has no intention of not running the water treatment plant for five or six months of the year and will be proceeding with a plan to fix leaks and provide educational materials to the public.
Currently the average flow rate is 430 gallons per minute.
Despite recent repairs to the aging fire truck, problems still persist. Parsons has pledged to work with council to secure a new truck.
Route 480 had 62 of its culverts replaced in 2017, and will get more asphalt upgrades in 2018 as well as brush cutting from Lloyds River to Peter Strides. Of the 17 projects in the western region in 2017, only three were completed.
Parsons put council in touch with a couple of people who could help provide guidance on tourism matters, such as a proposed travel directory. He also believes the entire region would be better served if representatives from Francois to Burgeo formed a committee to work together.
Parsons told council he believes if there is already a pre-conceived plan for regionalization, it will not work. He also said that regionalization is something to worry about for some time since Burgeo is more or less a region unto itself. The current proposed regionalization map would see Burgeo, Francois, Grey River and Ramea regionalized in the same zone as Bay St. George, Stephenville, the Port aux Port Peninsula and even Gallants.