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As work continues to convert the former Home Hardware building at 113 Country Rd. in Corner Brook into a 12-unit apartment building, the city has approved a request by owners Elmm Incorporated to construct a second apartment building in the existing parking lot of the property. The two-storey, 10-unit building will be built in the parking area that runs adjacent to Walbournes Road. The Ontario-based company, whose ownership has ties to the Bay of Islands, had indicated intentions to possibly expand in this way prior to the start of the overall project.
As work continues to convert the former Home Hardware building at 113 Country Rd. in Corner Brook into a 12-unit apartment building, the city has approved a request by owners Elmm Incorporated to construct a second apartment building in the existing parking lot of the property. The two-storey, 10-unit building will be built in the parking area that runs adjacent to Walbournes Road. The Ontario-based company, whose ownership has ties to the Bay of Islands, had indicated intentions to possibly expand in this way prior to the start of the overall project. - Diane Crocker

Some of the news from the most recent public meeting of Corner Brook city council

Apartment development to expand

Corner Brook city council has given the green light for an apartment building development on Country Road to add a second building to its plans.
When Elmm Incorporated initially announced its plans to turn the former Home Hardware building into a 12-unit apartment building — work which is still ongoing, the company said it was considering building a smaller apartment building next door.
At the recent public meeting of council, an application for a two-storey 10-unit apartment building on the parking lot next to the old hardware store was approved.
The proposed expansion to the project was publicly advertised and no objections were received. An apartment building is considered a discretionary use for the area and city staff felt there were no issues in approving the application.

City offering industrial park land to snowmobilers for $1

The City of Corner Brook has agreed to sell off an acre of land in the Lundrigan Drive area to the Western Sno-Riders for $1.
The land is being offered to the not-for-profit snowmobile club to construct a new facility to store their equipment, complete maintenance and host their main office. 
As part of the deal, the city is also waiving the annual water, sewer and property taxes for this particular lot, as long as the property is used by the Western Sno-Riders Inc. exclusively for a storage building and main office. 
The commercial land is valued at a little more than $32,500 and, under normal circumstances, half the proceeds of the sale would go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. The corporation would then release the mortgage it has on the land being sold.
Final approval of the sale is dependent on the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation waiving receipt of its portion of the sale’s proceeds.

Residents of Rosedale Street and Mayfair Avenue on the west side of Corner Brook want the City of Corner Brook to pave their roads. Thirty-seven residents of the streets signed a petition asking council to do just that. The petition was presented to council during its Oct. 7 meeting. Residents say the two streets are in deplorable condition and there are cracks everywhere in the concrete roads. City staff will prepare a report for council before it responds to the petition at the next public council meeting.
Residents of Rosedale Street and Mayfair Avenue on the west side of Corner Brook want the City of Corner Brook to pave their roads. Thirty-seven residents of the streets signed a petition asking council to do just that. The petition was presented to council during its Oct. 7 meeting. Residents say the two streets are in deplorable condition and there are cracks everywhere in the concrete roads. City staff will prepare a report for council before it responds to the petition at the next public council meeting.

Additional paving

City council has approved a change order to its paving contract with Marine Contractors to include asphalt for the Todd Street area.
The work, valued at $254,430 will see pavement placed on the section of Todd Street that runs from West Street around the rear of the Ultramar gas station and over to the Goodhouse building.
The improvements to Todd Street are intended to service this area and act as a trail head for the new Three Bear Mountain (Major Bertram Butler) trail. A parking lot area has recently been constructed to rough grade.
The additional work increases the amount of the city’s paving contract to nearly $3.06 million.

Council appointments

The deputy mayor’s job in Corner Brook is voted on annually by the elected members of city council, but has traditionally gone to the councillor who received the most votes in the general election. Bill Griffin was the top vote-getter when he was elected to council in 2017 and has served as deputy mayor since then.
The deputy mayor’s job in Corner Brook is voted on annually by the elected members of city council, but has traditionally gone to the councillor who received the most votes in the general election. Bill Griffin was the top vote-getter when he was elected to council in 2017 and has served as deputy mayor since then.

Corner Brook city council recently reviewed and approved its various council committee appointments.

The approved list for the coming year is as follows:

Departmental oversight committees
-    Finance: Coun. Bernd Staeben
-    Protective Services: Coun. Josh Carey
-    Community Engineering Development and Planning: Coun. Linda Chaisson
-    Public Works, Water and Wastewater: Coun. Vaughn Granter

Advisory committees
-    Accessibility: Coun. Linda Chaisson
-    Community Partners: Mayor Jim Parsons
-    Youth: Coun. Linda Chaisson
-    Business: Coun. Bernd Staeben

Working groups
-    Summer 2020 Festival: Coun. Tony Buckle
-    Civic Centre Efficiency Plan: Coun. Bernd Staeben
-    Downtown Revitalization: Deputy Mayor Bill Griffin

Committee of the whole: All of council

Existing external appointments
-    Western Regional Waste Management Authority: Coun. Bernd Staeben, Coun. Josh Carey
-    Corner Brook Port Corporation: Mayor Jim Parsons
-    Deer Lake Airport Authority: Deputy Mayor Bill Griffin


Annual external appointments
-    Rotary Arts Centre: Coun. Vaughn Granter
-    Great Humber Joint Council: Coun. Josh Carey, Coun. Tony Buckle
-    MNL Urban Municipalities Committee: Mayor Jim Parsons

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