Council takes top award for innovation

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St. Anthony council joined an illustrious group when they were awarded the Municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador Torngat Award for Innovation in Regional Cooperation at the recent MNL Annual Convention and Trade.

St. Anthony town mayor Ern Simms (back) with councillors Doug Mills, Eric Boyd, Art Kinsella, Ralph Hedderson, deputy mayor Marilyn Walker and Darl Scott with their Torngat Award for Innovation in Regional Cooperation.

St. Anthony council joined an illustrious group when they were awarded the Municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador Torngat Award for Innovation in Regional Cooperation at the recent MNL Annual Convention and Trade.

The award recognizes work the town undertook to not only secure the community and region a new school and Polar Centre but the incorporation of green technology into the stadium, which is expected to be opened in March, 2012.

"Perhaps no other idea has gained more ground among municipal leaders in recent years than regional cooperation," the award criteria form said of the importance of the accolade.

"The realities of continued out-migration, dropping tax bases and the rising costs of providing municipal services have all contributed to this increased interest in working together."

According to deputy mayor Marilyn Walker, past winners include Labrador City, Mt. Pearl and last year the award went to Long Harbour & Mount Arlington Heights and the Town of Placentia for their Hydromat Demonstration Facility.

"This council should be very proud of this award for all the hard they have done," she told last Tuesday night's council meeting.

Mayor Ern Simms agreed adding that a town of St. Anthony's size rarely receives this kind of award.

"It's a hard award to win but it just goes to show you that even a community of our size can be leaders in this province," he said.

Organizations: MNL Annual Convention, Polar Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Long Harbour Mount Arlington Heights, Placentia St. Anthony

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  • Tim Clark
    November 18, 2011 - 15:59

    I am very proud to have these municipal leaders in our Town. They have worked hard for the progress that they are making. The polar and school will be a great addition to this town. That is why we chose to move and stay here regardless of distance and other issues. Great Work.

  • Beverley Rowe
    November 17, 2011 - 11:22

    Congratulations, Town of St. Anthony on a job well done!! Be proud!!