$60,000 for track

Published on April 2, 2012
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LEWISPORTE – The regular bi-weekly meeting of the Lewisporte Town Council on March 20 began somberly.


The Pilot


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.”

Economic development

  • Deputy Mayor Watton aimed to set a date for an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) meeting. Mayor Sceviour gave council an update on the ICSP after attending a session the weekend before in Grand Falls-Windsor. Mayor Sceviour said the session encouraged regionalism within rural areas of the province while developing their ICSP.

Mr. Peckford, who also attended the session, stressed the importance of the ICSP to councillors.

“This is a working, living document we must always refer to,” he said.

A tentative date of April 9 was set to discuss the ICSP.

  • Council approved a business occupancy application for a tenant change, given that parking problems be addressed at 252-256 Main Street.
  • Council approved a vendor permit for a waste disposal/collection of garbage business on Range Road.



  • A Crown Land application was deferred to the lands committee for further review.


Public works

  • Coun. Vatcher brought forward concerns regarding problems with potholes on Main Street. He hopes the problems will be addressed within the coming weeks.
  • Coun. Snow informed council he witnessed three bags of garbage in the ditch between Notre Dame Junction and the Norris Arm North turnoff. Coun. Snow is worried any stray garbage will affect tourism this coming season.

Coun. White will present concern during the next board meeting at Central Newfoundland Regional Waste Management.


Fire department

  • Coun. Vatcher noted the Firemen’s Ball was a complete success, with an amazing guest speaker; Pat Stamp.
  • A request for equipment has been submitted to the Town. A policy of answering calls outside of Town was also submitted to council.



  • Council approved a cheque register totaling $173, 475.


Other business

  • Coun. LeDrew-Day began taking names for a team to enter a Town team in the annual Relay For Life, which will take place June 2 this year from 5 p.m. – 5 a.m.  in Lewisporte.
  • Council will support Earth Hour and will campaign to encourage residents to take part in Earth Hour on March 31 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. by turning off their lights for one hour.
  • Council will also take part in Municipal Awareness Day on May 9.