St. Lawrence Mayor Paul Pike said that 2016 was an exceptional year for the town.
“Our biggest accomplishment in this past year would be town infrastructure improvements (and) these include: Booster Pump, Laurentian Place (Rec Centre), Laurentian Avenue Phase 4, and the Warming Station,” Pike told The Southern Gazette.
In 2016 work was completed on a new booster pump for the town which meant increased water pressure to residents living on route 220, as well as the Fairview Ave area.
The town’s recreation centre saw renovations completed, and and area of the town hall was identified as a warming station in the event of prolonged power outages.
It was also a busy year for tourism, and the Three L Training and Employment Board noted increased sales of products during the year.
Pike said the town partnered with Age Friendly Committee for a number of projects.
“We are extremely pleased with the Cape Chapeau Rouge View Park, and the Cape Chapeau Rouge Hiking Trail projects,” he said.
Other projects included partnering with Newfoundland Power to host Envirofest at the Laurentian Grounds, where a number of trees and shrubs were planted.
Pike said the town’s success can be contributed to “our commitment in working with our partners, the provincial and federal Governments and our newest corporate citizen Canada Fluorspar Inc.(CFI).
The town has many goals for 2017, including the development of training ground for the St. Lawrence Fire Department, as well as repairs to the fire hall.
Roadwork will continue this year as well, with the announcement of funding for Phase 1 of a water and sewer project on Pollux Crescent.
Other projects for the year include construction of an extension to the Miners Museum. That work is scheduled to begin in early spring.
The town also examining the idea of developing a RV Park at the site of the former elementary school.