City approves new labour deals
The City of Corner Brook has approved the ratification of new labour contracts with its inside and outside unionized workers, and has approved raises for its non-union staff.
The newly negotiated agreements with Locals 706 and 768 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees were ratified by the union memberships in voting that took place Sept. 5.
The terms of the contracts are effective from Jan. 1, 2013 until Dec. 31, 2016.
City council also passed a motion that all non-union staff, unless where otherwise specified, will also receive the same annual wage increases and changes to benefits as have been negotiated for Local 768, which represents the city’s unionized inside workers.
Hotel levy a step closer to reality
Council has approved the execution of a memorandum of understanding between the City of Corner Brook and local hoteliers to implement a three per cent accommodations levy.
While hotel guests may not have to pay the levy until some time in the new year, the approval is the next step towards making the long-awaited levy a reality. The levy would be directed to a cooperative marketing entity consisting of local hotel operators, the City of Corner Brook and the Pepsi Centre for investment in tourism promotion the hosting of conferences in Corner Brook.
Hotel project gets approval
The development of a new hotel off Grenfell Drive has officially been given the green light.
The application submitted to the City of Corner Brook to construct the hotel near Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and the Pepsi Centre was approved by city council during its public meting Monday evening.
Roger Jones, a property developer and realtor in Corner Brook, has reached a franchise deal with the Wyndham Hotel Group to build a hotel at the location along the south side of Grenfell Drive and Cpl. Pinksen Memorial Drive.
New trash rules in Corner Brook
Residents may want to take note of how they throw out their garbage every week from now on.
That’s because the City of Corner Brook has made some changes to its garbage and refuse regulations.
Included in the amendments approved Monday are a requirement for residents to cover their garbage with appropriate weighted nets or blankets to prevent garbage from being torn up by animals or being blown away by the wind.
Garbage bags are also not permitted to weigh no more than 22.5 kilograms and waste will no longer be collected from wooden containers.
For a full list of the amendments to the garbage regulations, visit the city’s website at www.cornerbrook.com .