By PAM SNOW
LEWISPORTE – The regular bi-weekly meeting of the Lewisporte Town Council on March 20 began somberly.
Mayor Brian Sceviour and fellow councilors and staff stood in a moment of silence to remember a Town firefighter, Captain Dean Cross, who passed that day.
“It’s a sad day,” said Mayor Sceviour.
Lewisporte Fire Rescue council liaison Coun. Edward Vatcher expressed the Lewisporte Fire Rescue’s shock and sadness of losing Captain Dean Cross.
“The department was devastated today by the loss of their fellow firefighter,” he said.
In attendance at the meeting were Mayor Sceviour, Deputy Mayor Les Watton, Councillors Vatcher, Karen LeDrew-Day, Jim Snow, Derek White, and Norman Austin; along with Recreation director Derek Bennett, Town manager Brian Peckford and Town clerk Elaine Bursey.
- Coun. Snow informed council the Town of Lewisporte will receive $60,000 from the Molson Coors Community Cheers program. The Town of Lewisporte track project placed first in the province, beating St. John’s in the competition, and placed fifth (of 65 projects) in all of Canada.
With the slight decrease in funding (original proposal was over $76,000) available the track will most likely be built as a three lane track instead of the original four lane proposal. The official presentation of the cheque will take place this week and The Pilot will follow-up on this story.
“It’s been a community effort,” said Coun. Snow. “It showed a lot of spirit in the community and this track will serve as a legacy of the 2012 Come Home Year committee.”