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Ask the Mayors: Burgeo, Isle aux Morts, Ramea


BURGEO MAYOR JOHN SAVOURY

  1. Has your council done some positive things in the community during the past year?

One positive thing we have done in our community during the past year, we made our playground wheelchair/handicap accessible by adding a handicap swing. With the assistance of our MHA Andrew Parsons, we were able to get the rubber matting to permit wheelchairs to access the different areas of the playground. The town then constructed a wood ramp from the road to the rubber matting.

  1. What’s the biggest accomplishment your council has made since being elected?

The biggest accomplishment our council has made since being elected is our 18-inch water main was replaced from the water treatment plant for a distance of approximately l.2 km toward the town. We have another 1.1 km of 18-inch water main to replace before we get to the point where the size is reduced to 12-inch pipe. We have one million dollars to spend to continue replacing the water main beginning in the spring of 2019. With the assistance and perseverance of our MHA and council for a number of years now, we finally secured funding to purchase a new fire truck which should be ready for delivery sometime next year.

  1. Is there anything in particular that you have your sights set on moving forward?

Moving forward we are looking at the possibility of attracting some affordable senior's low-cost housing units in Burgeo with the hope that it will keep our older seniors here in Burgeo rather than see them leave and take up residence at other establishments elsewhere on the island.

We have met on several occasions with two different aquaculture groups, Marine Harvest and a group from Norway who are getting ready to set up salmon farming in our area within the next year, hopefully. They have done the testing of the waters in this area and the results are quite encouraging. This should provide some much-needed employment for our area and keep our young people in town instead of them having to go to other plants on the island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

ISLE AUX MORTS MAYOR NELSON LILLINGTON

  1. Has your council done some positive things in the community during the past year?

Since our election we saw the water main project completed. We have gotten two of our byroads repaved. We just completed a walking track at the Marine Slipway site, this space can be used by anyone in our community and we plan to add some outdoor exercise equipment, seating area, and make it a park-like setting. Also, we have received funding for more water and sewer upgrades for our town and we are hoping this project will begin early in 2019.

  1. What’s the biggest accomplishment your council has made since being elected?

Council’s role in fighting to keep our local school open and being successful in that fight would have to be a highlight of the town this past year. It’s not only a council accomplishment, it’s one held by the town.

  1. Is there anything in particular that you have your sights set on moving forward?

Moving forward council will continue to apply for funding to upgrade the town’s water and sewer, our goal is to have the full town with new water lines and a septic system. Along with these upgrades we hope to get the remainder of our byroads paved. Cleaning up the old plant property will continue to be something we strive towards. However, we know we are unable to do this on our own and trying to get provincial government assistance has been a challenge, but we will keep trying.

RAMEA MAYOR CLYDE DOMINIE

  1. Has your council done some positive things in the community during the past year?

Our Council has continued to strive and do its best in offering all the essential services possible to our residents. We have been involved, and continue to refine, our participation in the new waste management strategy for western Newfoundland, and the completion of the seawall was a great relief.

  1. What’s the biggest accomplishment your council has made since being elected?

Our biggest accomplishment was lobbying and working with our provincial government to get the seawall/ breakwater in place to protect the town's water supply from the storm systems that come our way and seem to be more frequent and certainly more intense.

  1. Is there anything in particular that you have your sights set on moving forward?

Moving forward, we continue to work the kinks out of our waste management setup, and most importantly lobbying and generating more economic opportunities and employment for our citizens through the local scallop plant and the aquaculture industry.

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