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Cape St. George Mayor Peter Fenwick was a former leader of the provincial NDP party.
CAPE ST. GEORGE — Back up electricity during blackouts and a subsidy on waste disposal are two topics Cape St. George will be bringing to the provincial pre-budget consultations.
Due to their experience during recent blackouts to some parts of their town, Cape St. George town council is looking to government for help.
Mayor Peter Fenwick said the town has prepared a submission to the pre-budget consultations for an additional provision of Municipal Capital Works funding to provide sufficient back up for essential systems during power blackouts.
Unfortunately the consultations for the Bay St. George area in Stephenville and the Corner Brook area slated for today were postponed, but when the consultations do that place, the submission from Cape St. George will be presented.
During the rolling blackouts that took place in early January, the Town of Cape St. George experienced power outages in some parts of the town that lasted more than eight hours.
During that time period the water reservoir that feeds the town’s water system ran dry and due to a number of factors it took an additional day to get back on line. During the process the lack of heat and light was compounded by a lack of water to the town.
Fenwick said for the long term the town is applying for a larger reservoir to bolster its ability to provide water during a power failure, but in the short term the town is applying for emergency capital funding to enable the town to keep the water flowing during blackouts.
“In the upcoming budget we would like to see a substantial increase in capital funding for emergency backup equipment,” Fenwick said. “We (town) wouldn’t want to see a repeat of what we recently experienced.”
In a submission on behalf of his town on the waste issue, he pointed out that in 2016 the west coast of the province will be shipping its waste from transit stations on the west coast to central Newfoundland.
Fenwick said the Bay St. George area produced 10,000 tonnes of waste last year and at rates that could be as high as $200 a tonne, may have to pay $2 million to ship it to the central region. He said that’s an increase from $360,000 this year.