Laurentian lowdown

St. Lawrence council briefs

Published on February 27, 2017

Members of the St. Lawrence Allied Youth Post 989 joined council during the Feb. 20 meeting as Mayor Paul Pike signed a proclamation recognizing Feb. 19-25 as Allied Youth week in St. Lawrence. Pike also commended the post on their work in the community.

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The St. Lawrence town council met on Monday, Feb. 20.

Committee reports

• A resident contacted the Public Works committee over concerns about the usage of fireworks in town.

“Apparently fireworks came down all around her house,” explained Deputy Mayor John (Jack) Walsh.

“They wanted to know what we could do about it.”

Council agreed to check with Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) to see if there are any policies regarding fireworks.

• Mayor Paul Pike commended the Historical Board on the events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Truxton and Pollux disaster.

“Terry Phillips was here, Lanier’s youngest son . . . he was very impressed with the weekend,” said Pike.


Correspondence - action

• Council agreed that more information is needed before they can vote on a request from the St. Lawrence Come Home Year committee to have mobile food service providers operate within the town during come home year events.

• Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) have issued a call looking for committee members.

• Council has selected blue and white Vet Baffles (acoustic panels) for the recreation centre.

• Council discussed what ministers they would like to meet with when they go to St. John’s. Council is looking to have meetings with Transportation and Works Minister Al Hawkins, Health and Community Services Minister Dr. John Haggie and Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady amongst others.

• Two funeral home operators have shown interest in setting up a location in town. Council is looking to set up a meeting with both providers.

• Council is seeking permission to get 100 additional units of salt and sand mixture for the 2016-17 snow clearing season at a cost of $5,000.

• Council has approved the purchase of 300 water bottles at a cost of $1.99 per unit. The water bottles will be presented to volunteers in the community during Volunteer Appreciation Week.

• Council approved the purchase of a retractable banner at a cost of $1,000. The cost includes design of the banner, the stand and a carry case for the unit.

• Council has approved the project description for the industrial park, which will be included on their Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency application.


Correspondence — informational

The 2016 census profile shows that the town’s population for 2016 dropped by four per cent from 2011.

“The population in 2016 was 1,192, in 2011 it was 1,244,” explained Mayor Paul Pike. “A 4.2 per cent decline.”

The population information provided during the meeting came from Census Canada.