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Sunday, August 20, 2017

 

PUBLIC NOTICE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES
Municipality of St. George's.
Nominations of candidates for election to the council for the municipality of St.George's will be
received between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00 pm onAugust 29,2017 at the Siki Bennett Memorial
Arena.

Nominations shall be in writing and state the name and civic address of the candidate and shall be
signed by the proposer and seconder both of who shall be present together with the candidate who
shall sign also signifying his or her acceptance.

In the event that a candidate cannot be present for his or her nomination, his or her proposer and
seconder can complete the required form.

Every candidate for election to the Council shall at the time of his or her nomination, deposit
with the Returning Offlcer the non refundable sum of ten dollars ($10.00).

The qualifications of a candidate for election to Council are as follows:

(1) Canadian citizen of the full age of eighteen(18) years.
(2) Resident of the municipality for at least thirty (30) days immediately prior to the date set
for the nomination period.
(3) Not indebted to the Council for any arrears of taxes or other charges.
(4) Not otherwise disqualified under the Municipalities Elections Act.

Debra Woolridge - Returning Officer                                      

Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017   2:17 pm NFLD



PERMITS REQUIRED

Permit Required
This is to notify our residents that a General Repair Permit is required for all repairs on your residence including exterior painting, replacement/repair of siding, replacement/repair of windows, repairs to decks & fencing and any other general repair being conducted on the outside of your home/property.  Residents performing work without a permit will be issued stop work order until a duly authorized permit has been issued.   A Building Permit is required for all construction of buildings including Homes, Sheds, Garages & Fencing.  A Demolition Permit is required for any demolition within the municipality. An Occupancy Permit is required for all newly built homes, change in status (for example from a store into a house), and homes that have been vacant for six months or more.

Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017   11:27 am NFLD



Precautionary Boil Order Haye's Lane

We wish to advise our residents that a precautionary boil order is in effect for Haye's Lane.  Residents of Haye's Lane will be advised when the boil order has been lifted.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our residents today for the sudden water shut off, due to a valve leak shutting off the entire Lane could not be avoided, again our sincere apologies for not advising the residents at the time of the occurrence.      

Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017   4:40 pm NFLD



A Cultural Approach to Violence & Bullying Prevention

To your left please see information for the Dancers and Drummers of the New Dawn registration.  Qalipu First Nation is offering a new and unique approcah to violence prevention.

Updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017   2:06 pm NFLD



#MakeYourMark Campaign

MNL expands #MakeYourMark campaign to encourage more candidates to come forward for municipal office. 
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
August 15, 2017
New website provides resources to candidates running for municipal council  

August 15, 2017 - Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador expands #MakeYourMark campaign to encourage more candidates to come forward for municipal office.

Supporting this campaign is a dynamic website makeyourmark.ca contains videos, testimonials and resources that will help people understand the “Why” and “How To” become involved in municipal government.  This site will also be a permanent resource for potential candidates, current members of council, and administrators for this election, future by-elections and the 2021 municipal general election.  

“The #MakeYourMark campaign is our call to action.  Make Your Mark should inspire everyday residents to make the leap into municipal government and tip the scales in favour for people not yet decided to run for council. If you’re thinking about throwing your hat in the ring, this site is a good place to pick up some planning tips and other resources you’ll need along the campaign trail.
Mayor Karen Oldford, President of MNL

“I encourage all residents to consider putting their name forward to run in the municipal election in September. The Make Your Mark campaign provides support and information to candidates on the election process. I hope all residents will exercise their right to vote next month on how we shape our municipal governments throughout the province.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

Make Your Mark is a long term, public engagement initiative of MNL. As stewards of the municipal sector, the MNL Board of Directors believe recruitment of potential candidates and citizen engagement: both to get involved through municipal committees or simply by learning more about how municipalities work is critical in preserving our local democracy.

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Background
The Make Your Mark campaign was created by the Provincial Government in 2009 under the leadership of Honourable Dianne Whalen.  MNL is pleased to take this initiative to the next level of civic engagement with support from Minister Eddie Joyce and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.
 
Quick facts

45% of municipalities had a contested election in 2013. (VitalSigns® 2016) 25% of municipalities were unable to fill all of the positions on their council. (Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment) 37% of councillors are women. (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) 3.5% of councillors are under 35. (VitalSigns® 2016)
MYM on Facebook
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MYM Website
MYM Email
MYM on YouTube
MYM on Instagram
Make Your Mark: KEY MESSAGES


About MNL


Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 as an umbrella organization mandated to represent and support local government in Newfoundland and Labrador. MNL represents the 276 incorporated municipalities in the province that service 89 per cent of the population and their more than 2,000 leaders.
 
Copyright © 2017 MNL, All rights reserved.
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador

Gail Woodfine - Communications and Public Relations
Tel: 709-753-6820 l Fax: 709-738-0071 l Toll Free: 1-800-440-6536

MNL mailing address is
460 Torbay Road, St. John's, NL  A1A 5J3
 
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Updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2017   1:12 pm NFLD



Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium Lighting Retrofit

The St. George's Parks and Recreation Commission Inc. and the Town of St. George's acknowledges with grateful appreciation the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development for their contribution through the Community Healthy Living Fund for the Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium Lighting Retrofit.  The 14 metal halide lights that once hung over the ice surface have now been replaced with dimmable Albeo LED Luminaire High Bay Lighting.  This lighting is bright and has mitigated the dark spots that once existed, it's energy efficient producing 24,000 lumens which produces exceptional lighting.  Without the support of the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Deveopment this initiative would not have been possible.  We also wish to extend thanks to MHA Scott Reid for the guidance he provided as well as supporting our request.  

Mayor's March for Heart & Stroke Foundation (Date Change)

 

We wish to inform our residents on September 9th, 2017 at 10:00am the Mayor's March in aid of the Heart & Stroke Foundation will be held to raise money and awareness with respect to Heart Disease and Stroke.  The   walk will start from the corner of Brake's Road and Main Street to the Fire Hall and we hope that our community will get involved.  Sponsor Sheets will be available at the Town Office starting 24 July, 2017.  At the end of the walk drinks and snacks will be provided.  PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORTHY EVENT.
Communities and Councils across Newfoundland and Labrador will unite to help fight the number one killer of men and women in our province. Heart Disease and Stroke affect nearly everyone in our community, it's time to fight back.   


Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017   11:25 am NFLD



INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING

The town has again received a number of complaints regarding indiscriminate dumping, most recently a mattress was dumped at the end of the causeway near Turf Point, a number of items have been dumped on the old Gypsum Road as well at Pitt Road.  Please be advised that INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING within the town boundaries is strictly prohibited and is a chareable offence.  All dumping will be reported to the RCMP.  Garbage is picked up weekly in Town and a Clean Up Week is held every spring, there is absolutely no reason why dumping should occur within this Town. 

Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017   1:20 pm NFLD



Agenda - Regular Council Meeting August 8th, 2017

We wish to advise our residents that the Agenda has been posted for the Regular Council Meeting of August 8th, 2017 under the Municipality Tab - Minutes.

Updated: Friday, August 4, 2017   11:34 am NFLD



Municipal Election 2017

2017 MUNICIPAL ELECTION RUNNING FOR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW   The Municipal Election will be held on September 26th, 2017. Serving on Council provides people with an opportunity to contribute to their town while fostering a sense of personal growth, learning and development.  Being a member of an effective and accountable council provides the satisfaction of serving your fellow residents and building the future of your town. Why should you run for Municipal Government? ·       To participate in the highest order of public service in Canada. ·       To be part of the team that makes decisions on behalf of the entire municipality. ·       To promote community awareness and improve the quality of life in your municipality. ·       To commit to a 4-year term and have the time to make a regular contribution to the operation of your municipality. Are you qualified? ·       You are eligible to vote in the municipality in which you are nominated. ·       You are not in arrears of taxes or other charges to the council. ·       You have lived in the municipality for at least 30 days before the commencement of the nomination period. ·       You are an employee of the council other than clerk, manager or paid department head, provided that you have requested and received a leave of absence from your position with the council. What power does Council have? ·       Council derives its primary authority from the Municipalities Act, 1999. ·       The municipality can only be committed to a decision through a motion of council at a public council meeting. What can you expect? ·       To participate in decision-making for the benefit of your municipality. ·       To make decisions that affect the day to day lives of citizens of your community. ·       To maintain and improve economic opportunities and the social fabric of your municipality. ·       Regular interaction and support from provincial organizations. What responsibilities does Council have? ·       To make decisions as a team and establish policies regarding the provision of municipal services. ·       To provide direction for the operation of the municipality. ·       To ensure that the municipality’s financial and personnel resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible. What is the role of the Administrator? ·       Administrators implement the policies and carry out the decisions of council. ·       The knowledge, experience and training of your municipality’s administrative staff can be a tremendous asset to both prospective and elected councillors alike. ·       The staff can provide valuable information on the operation of the municipality, the structure of council and municipal issues. The role of a Councillor: Following his or her election, each councillor is required to take an oath of office.  In doing so, new councillors not only swear to affirm that they are “fully qualified” to sit on council, but that they will faithfully perform the duties of councillor.  Municipal councillors have a responsibility to provide balance in decision making, for sound financial oversight, effective communications, to maintain relations with other levels of government and to comply with relevant legislation. Conduct of Councillors: You assume a significant responsibility on behalf of your town and its residents.   A council meeting is a forum of procedure and councillors new and experienced should always be mindful to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Disclosure Statement: You are required to complete an annual disclosure statement outlining your business and property interests in the town within 60 days of taking office.  Councillor disclosure statements are reviewed at a privileged meeting of council within 30 days after filing – this is to provide councillors with a sense of each other’s financial interests. Conflict of Interest: Section 207 of the Municipalities Act, 1999 states: (1) A councillor shall not vote on or speak to a matter before the council or a committee of the council where (a) The councillor has a monetary interest in the matter distinct from an interest arising from his or her functions as a councillor; (b) The councillor has a monetary interest directly or indirectly in the matter; (c)  A relative of the councillor has a monetary interest in the matter; or (d) The councillor is an officer, employee or agent of an incorporated or unincorporated company, or other association of persons, that has a monetary interest in the matter. Section 208 of the Municipalities Act, 1999 states: (1) Where a councillor has an interest described in subsection 207(1), the councillor shall (a) State that he or she has that interest; and (b) State the nature of the interest at the beginning of the discussion on the matter in whish he or she has the interest, and the statement respecting his or her interest shall be recorded in the minutes of council or a committee of council, where that statement was made at a committee meeting (2) Where a councillor declaring a conflict of interest under subsection (1) is the presiding officer, he or she shall vacate the chair. (3) Where a councillor declares a conflict of interest under subsection (1) he or she shall immediately leave the meeting while the matter on which he or she has a conflict is being discussed. Council has a responsibility to vacate the seat of a councillor in a conflict of interest.   Liability of Councillors and Council: Improper use of council materials or machinery – Councillors must not give the appearance they are taking advantage of their position.  Individual councillors are liable for criminal charges (such as theft) for the misuse or misappropriation of town property, equipment, and materials or labour.  A councillor may face civil lawsuits for damages brought by citizens seeking to recover the cost of misappropriations.  Because councillors are effectively trustees for citizens, they are personally responsible if found guilty of fraud or misuse of municipal property or funds. Influence peddling or accepting a bribe – it is an offence in the Criminal Code of Canada for a municipal officer to accept any form of loan, reward, advantage or benefit in exchange for abstaining from or voting on a motion before council or a committee, or for performing or failing to perform an official act. Responsibility for actions on Council - Municipal councillors do not enjoy parliamentary immunity as do elected provincial and federal representatives, meaning a councillor can be sued for defamatory statements made about an individual or group during a council meeting. A councillor may be held liable for actions related to voting, and failure to perform a statutory responsibility may result in proceedings under Section 419 of the Municipalities Act, 1999.  A councillor may be responsible for the costs of an action launched by a citizen to force council to meet its statutory responsibilities. In addition, there are sections of the Municipalities Act, 1999 which prohibit council from taking certain action.  If council passes an illegal (or ultra vires) resolution, councillors who voted in favour or who otherwise voted in contravention of the Act may be legally liable for damages. The liability of Council – Municipalities are corporations and can sue and be sued for inadequate enforcement of regulations or breach of contract.  Municipal liability has two basic categories: misfeasance refers to a proven act of wrongdoing while non-feasance refers to a situation in which a council takes no action on a matter.  In general, a municipality is not liable for non-feasance if council is not required to act by statute. Negligence implies a failure to act with such care as would normally be expected in the circumstances.  A municipality may be liable for damages due to negligence such as the non-repair of municipal property or the poor performance of an employee.  Canadian Courts have categorized actions permitted under discretionary authority as being either policy planning (no liability) or operation (liability possible). Distinction between Policy and Administration The normal interaction between elected councillors and hired administrators produces an overlap between policy and administration, it is essential to establish a working distinction between the policy role of council and the administrative role of the council staff. Policy – Policy is the collective, incremental decisions a council makes on a subject over a period of time.  To ensure consistency, council’s decisions are recorded and an updated record of council policy is maintained.  Councils spend most of their time establishing policy, leaving administration to the staff. Administration – Administration is putting council policy into practice.  Once policy is established, staff acts without further reference to council, other than providing action and progress reports.  Responsibility for policy administration is clearly defined in employment contracts and job descriptions.  

Updated: Thursday, August 3, 2017   2:57 pm NFLD



Information from FireSmart Canada

Please see this very relevant information has been supplied by our local Forestry Office with respect to being aware of action that can be taken to make our homes and community FireSmart.

Be Fire Smart Home & Site Hazard Assessment

Please see the Be Fire Smart Home & Site Assessment Part 1.

Be Fire Smart Home & Site Hazard Assessment

Please see the Be Fire Smart Home & Site Assessment Part 2.

Sewer Flushing

Sewer Repair
During preventative maintenance of our sewer system today our Public Works Lead came across blockages caused by items such as swiffer cloths and socks being flushed down toilets.  It's imperative for the proper running of the sewer system that residents refrain from flushing items such as swiffer clothes, wipes, socks, paper towel, industrial paper towel, and all other like items.  Sewer blockages can result in costly repairs.  Please remember that if a blockage occurs on the residents side of the curb stop, it is the residents responsibility for repairs.  

Flushing Commencing 27 June, 2017

We wish to advise our residents that flushing of our water lines will commence on June 27th and may last up to three weeks.  During this period you may experience discoloration of water or odour, running your water until it runs clear will resolve either of these potential issues.  Flushing is necessary to maintain our water and sewer system.  Thanking our residents in advance for their cooperation.

Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017   10:15 am NFLD



Town Office - Relocated Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium

  We wish to advise our residents that our temporary move is now complete and the Town Office is now located at the Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium.  The move to this temporary location is expected to last approximately 4 months while the Town Office on Main Street is being renovated.  Phone numbers we can be reached at are as follows: 709-647-3283 or 709-647-3741 Fax Number is:  709-647-3411 At this time Public Wifi is available at Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium, anyone wishing to avail of this service is encouraged to do so. Just a reminder - June 26th is a Statutory Holiday and the Town Office will be closed.

Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017   10:41 am NFLD



Provincial Stakeholder Sessions for the Legalization of Cannabis

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking input on the legalization of cannabis (including non-medical use).  This is of particular interest to business owners as it applies to the workplace and upholding public safety.  It also gives all individuals an opportunity to provide input by way of a survey.  The survey is included in the link below: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/just/0609n01.aspx

Ball Hockey - Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium - Cancellation

Effective 13 June, 2017, rental for ball hockey will be cancelled for the remainder of the summer months as a result of upcoming renovations and the ice surface being required for storage.  The Town regrets the inconvenience this causes to our renters.

Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017   10:09 am NFLD



Town Update

May 24, 2017   To all Residents,   On behalf of myself, the Deputy Mayor, Councillors and Staff, I’d like to provide our residents with an update on town activities over the past 5 months.  The past several months have been quite busy, the winter months saw snow clearing on nearly a daily basis and when it wasn’t snowing our staff was busy pushing snow back while making every effort to keep the streets cleared for the safety and comfort of our residents. The Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium saw a record breaking year for use.  Minor Hockey and Can Skate Programs were successful as well as adult hockey leagues and we sincerely thank the volunteers who provide their time selflessly for the children involved in Minor Hockey and Can Skate.  The Family Free Skates sponsored by Emera, Rokstad, the Leading Edge Credit Union and an anonymous company was a resounding success which provided exercise and enjoyment to our families.  The bowling alley was well used for general bowling and league bowling alike. We have made every effort to engage Transportation and Works with respect to our provincially owned roads (Barachois Drive, Main Street & Steel Mountain Road) in so far as writing the Minister to ensure that these roads and road shoulders are brought up to a reasonable standard.  With that being said I’ve invited our local MHA to our next Council Meeting to further discuss this issue. The Town Office will be renovated this year to allow greater accessibility for our aging residents.  We firmly believe that every resident should have access to this building for counter service and to attend Council Meetings if they so wish.  The renovation will see a ramp installed with both the Town Office and Town Chambers being fully accessible.  Once the renovation starts which is projected for early July the office staff will move to the Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium and the Library will be closed until completion.  Completion of this project should take approximately 4 months. This year is an election year for all Newfoundland and Labrador Municipalities, the election will take place on September 26th and residents will be advised of all Election information prior to that date.  Nominations for election will take place between August 29th and September 5th, the specific date during that timeframe will be published on the Town Website, throughout the town and in a local newspaper.  If you are interested in municipal politics now is the time to get involved.  Should you have any questions regarding the process our Town Clerk and Town Manager will gladly answer any questions.  I want to remind our residents that we are here to serve the residents of this great town, we do this within municipal guidelines, regulations and applicable legislation, and we do our best to meet your needs.  All Newfoundlanders have felt the pinch of excess taxation and our Municipality is no different.  For 2017 taxes were not increased despite a substantial increase in overall inflation.  That inflation affected every service we provide from the purchasing of gas for Town Equipment to the purchase of water & sewer supplies.    Municipalities are the only sector of Government that are required to balance their budget, we cannot run a deficit.  We are doing our utmost to work within our budget while providing all necessary services and we thank our residents for their understanding during times of financial constraint. In closing, just a reminder to please subscribe to our newsletter through the town website, you’ll get emails about all upcoming events, water outages, closures etc. simply go to www.townofstgeorges.com to join.  We wish you a happy and safe summer.   Sincerely,   Daniel Conway Mayor Town of St. George’s

Burning Prohibited

We wish to remind our residents of the list of materials prohibited from Burning in a Fire.  Permits for burning must be obtained from the local Forestry Office, this is in effect from May 1 - September 30, 2017.  Attached in the documents is the Consolidated Newfoundland and Labrador Regulation 11/96 (Forest Fire Regulations under the Forestry Act).    

Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017   11:46 am NFLD



School Zone Speed

 
REDUCE YOUR SPEED
We wish to notify our residents that the statistics we've received from the speed radar sign indicates that a mere 35% of vehicles travelling through the school zone are abiding by the speed limit.  The average speed from the available data through the school zone is between 46km and 60km per hour with a high of 96km recorded on March 27th, 2017 at 3:10 pm, this is completely unacceptable in a regulated 30km zone. We must reiterate that the 30km zone is for the safety of our children. A letter is being sent to the local RCMP detachment with the current statistics requesting a concentrated effort of patrols throughout the school day in an effort to mitigate the excessive speed in which vehicles are travelling through our town. It has also been noticed that many of the vehicles not abiding by the posted speed limit are on the way to the two schools in this zone.  We implore our residents and visitors to our community to abide by all posted regulated speed signage.  Please reduce your speed.  The school zone speed sign records all data from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday. 

Updated: Monday, May 15, 2017   8:54 am NFLD



Town Road Conditions

We wish to advise our residents that we have been in contact with the department of Transportation and Works about the issues with the provincially owned roads which are Main Street, Barachois Drive and Steel Mountain Road.  We've been assured that they are aware of the issues and potholes, ditching, etc. will be addressed as required.  No dates were given but requests for repairs have been submitted, including grading of the road shoulders that were damaged last week.  With respect to our local roads we will address these issues after the spring thaw (once the road has settled), at that time we will fill dirt roads as required and back drag them.  Where the water break occurred on School Road, please know that this area is monitored again, once the ground has thawed any issues will be addressed.  We thank our residents for their patience and we assure you that we will continue to lobby Transportation & Works for repairs to our roads.      

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2017

The following are the dates for Regular Council in 2017. Please be advised that dates are subject to change but residents will be advised of any changes prior to the Regular Council Meeting. The public may attend, however if you wish to speak on an item you must contact the Town Office at 647-3283 no later than the Friday prior to the meeting at 12:00 noon. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2017   Please note the dates for Regular Council Meetings for 2017.  Occasionally due to availability Regular Council Meeting dates may be changed, however, notice will be provided on the Town Website.   January 9th, 2017 February 6th, 2017 March 6th, 2017 April 10th, 2017 May 1st, 2017 June 5th, 2017 July 4th, 2017 August 8th, 2017 September 11th, 2017 October 2nd, 2017 November 6th, 2017 December 4th, 2017

CHURCH STREET (TANK HILL) ROAD CONDITION

The Town would like to advise our residents & visitors that we have an issue at the top of Tank Hill on Church Street with slippery conditions, we are working hard ensuring that both snow clearing and salting/sanding are performed on a regular basis. Unfortunately due to the amount of run off from above the hill which includes Main Street and despite our best efforts this area is still quite slippery. If you must use this area while walking or driving, please use extreme caution.  Once spring arrives this issue will be addressed by Council.  Please be safe. 

CURB STOP WATER SHUT OFFS

The Town of St. George's wishes to advise our residents that only emergency related curb stop water shut offs will occur during the period 1 December, 2016 - 30 April, 2017.  Freezing during the cold winter months can cause water line breakage that could potentially result in considerable damage.

MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE

We like to update our residents on the municipal properties for sale within the Town of St. George's.

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Related Documents
St. George's Volunteer Fire Department Application
St. Georges Fire Dept Application to Join.pdf
Updated: Oct 31, 2014 2:26 pm
Schedule E
Schedule E Material Prohibited from Burning in a Fire.pdf
Updated: March 21, 2016 4:30 pm
MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR RESALE
Municipal Properties Available for Resale.pdf
Updated: May 17, 2016 10:50 am
Forest Fire Regulations
Consolidated Newfoundland and Labrador Regulation 11 96 (Forest Fire Regulations).pdf
Updated: May 16, 2017 11:56 am
CAT REGULATIONS
CAT REGULATIONS.pdf
Updated: April 7, 2016 4:39 pm



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