ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET, NL – Thursday’s council meeting in St. Lunaire-Griquet detailed a variety of concerns, issues and potential investments for the community.
With a winter heavy with rain across the Great Northern Peninsula, a proposal for a sand spreader for town property was addressed. Though it would cost around $5,000 for a proper sand spreader, Mayor Dale Colbourne said with the amount of ice this year, sanding is a necessity.
Councillor Kevin Young felt it would be a more efficient and less costly endeavour to contract out sanding of town property – though sanding a single iced-over parking lot can often be a full day’s work.
“It’s better to contract it out the three or four times we need it, rather than paying $5,000 for something that’s mostly just going to sit around,” said Young.
Councillor Wanda Hedderson said due to the potential costs, more discussion is needed at the next council meeting.
Council discussed how it could work with the Anglican Archdiocese and the local working group to ensure the preservation of the Anglican Parish Hall.
Colbourne said the town would like to see more activities at the building. Young agreed there are many possibilities for the building, and council should reach out to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society to see what options it can provide.
Council called for a future meeting with the town’s harbour authority as there have been some billing issues both council and harbour authority need to discuss.
“A town this size can’t let buildings operate with outstanding bills,” said Hedderson.
Colbourne hopes a meeting with members of the harbour authority can go ahead for council’s next scheduled meeting.
The need for an investigation on a requested waterline was also discussed, as the property is on a solid cliff. Town clerk Linda Hillier suspects the labour costs needed to bring in the waterline would be in the thousands of dollars. Council has put a cap on waterline investment at $2,500 as they don’t have the resources to invest further. Other funds needed for the waterline would have to come from elsewhere, such as the property owner.
The possibility for a future capital works project to expand and repair current waterlines in St. Lunaire-Griquet was also brought to the table.
Some needed fixes to doors in the fire hall were discussed, and a motion to borrow $13,000 for Dark Tickle’s sewer system was passed. Clearing snow and ice from the wheelchair ramp at the town’s 50+ Club everyday was discussed, and a motion passed for $600 to purchase bags of coal patches for the town’s roads.
Clarification: The Northern Pen wishes to clarify that council did not express intent to take permanent ownership of the Anglican Parish Hall from the Anglican Archdiocese. The council discussion centered on how the council might be able to work with the Anglican Diocese to ensure the preservation of the historic building. This was initially reported in the Feb. 14, 2018 print edition of the Northern Pen.