PORT AUX BASQUES – Town council met on Nov. 14. Here are some of the highlights from that meeting.
Mayor John Spencer reported that the town has reached a tentative three-year agreement with its employees.
The Bruce II has received over $8,800 in funding for its outdoor winter recreation program. The program will cover a variety of sports such as snowshoeing and winter camping.
As a result of this funding, the dance program application has been tabled until April.
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for development of seniors housing have not yet gone out. The town is awaiting feedback from provincial and federal governments before opening the RFPs.
Health committee report
The health committee plans to meet quarterly every year. The committee’s recent meeting was the first in quite a long time, and it plans to have more council representation when it comes to matters involving Western Health.
The committee would like to increase physical health opportunities around town, and has proposed that more streetlights be installed for those who like to walk after dark.
The committee is working with council on ideas to attract and retain medical staff, particularly students who come to the area for job training. The group is working to prepare a list of low-cost but effective offers to entice medical specialists to the area, such as gym passes or driveway snow clearing.
Town manager’s report
The town has issued a stop-work order to Greg Sheaves Construction Company Ltd. regarding the backfilling of property on Grand Bay West Road.
The property is located within an area of land designated as an environmental protection and conservation area near a stream that feeds a wetland area known as Dennis Pond Brook.
Public works recently visited the area, but the stop-work order has not been obeyed. The town will review the regulations and ascertain what steps to take next with regards to enforcement.
The town will reach out to a St. John’s company that is donating a copy of the Lauchie MacDougall mural depicting the Wreckhouse that was located on the side of a pizzeria in Corner Brook.
As the Wreckhouse is located outside of Port aux Basques and played a strong role in its history, council believes it only fitting that a copy of the mural should be placed in the town and can even help promote tourism.
Municipal capital works
Most of the paving has been completed for 2017, with minor repairs ongoing as weather permits. Approximately $850,000 has already been spent, and another $400,000 will be spent in the spring of 2018 as part of an aggressive plan to deal with road repairs.
The municipal capital works priority list has been submitted to council for approval. Topping that list is an emergency generator for the Marine Drive Fire Hall warming station.