Council briefs: Dec. 11, 2018

By Observer Staff

$65,670 internet upgrade for Queens Place

Council unanimously approved the expenditure of $65,670.77 plus HST to improve internet service at Queens Place Emera Centre (QPEC). Several councillors expressed frustration about being rushed into a decision without sufficient information or a plan for reliable internet access in all municipal buildings. They were informed by staff the upcoming World Junior Curling Championships necessitated quick action at QPEC.

“Over the seven years that (QPEC) has been in operation, solutions have been sought to improve internet service throughout the facility, with limited success,” the municipality said in a news release. “Two proposals were received to provide reliable internet in the facility … Bell Aliant had the lowest price, providing 22 access points throughout the building, security appliances and professional service engagements.”

$100,000 loan to Mill Village fire department

Council unanimously approved a $100,000 loan to the Mill Village & District Fire Department so it can purchase a building to store vehicles and equipment. The department’s existing fire hall is “not sufficiently large enough,” according to council documents. Funding for the five-year, interest-free loan will come from the municipality’s special operating reserve.

Alcohol policy waiver

Council approved a request to waive the municipality’s alcohol policy, allowing Lane’s Privateer Inn to sell “wine, mulled wine, cider and beer” at a pop-up shop at the Fort Point lighthouse Dec. 15 and 16.

Years of service awards

Twenty-one municipal employees were presented with years of service awards during the council meeting. Steve Burns, Alex Comeau, Paul Dauphinee, Amy Hatt, David Kelley, Richard Lane and Lloyd Wolfe were recognized for five years with Region of Queens Municipality. John Berry, Bill Leighton, Frank Oickle, Meaghan Roberts, Neil Roy, Janie Ryan, Colin VanBuskirk and Rodney Weagle received 10-year awards. Shelley Connolly, Wayne Hanley, Dwayne Hurshman and Audrey Wamboldt were recognized for 15 years of service. Tim Thorbourne reached the 25-year mark and Sherman Roberts achieved 40 years.

Tournament assistance

Council voted unanimously in favour of a $500 grant for the Dec. 27-30 Jack Frost minor hockey tournament at QPEC. A total of 17 teams are expected to participate with players aged 5-12 competing.