The small group in attendance included individual citizens, business operators, young professionals and seniors.
I was pleased to hear the concerns and suggestions brought forward by the group. These included:
• Better lighting in the Town to enhance safety and security. Since the meeting, I have asked management to engage communication with NL Power on the Take Charge Energy plan to seek out opportunities to lower cost and look at LED technology to enhance lighting.
• Additional use of municipal green spaces for agriculture I have requested our beatification committee to investigate the use of our green spaces for wildflower seeds to attract bee/butterflies and reduce the labor costs for maintenance and reduce the carbon foot print.
• Focus on core responsibilities in the delivery of services in the town as opposed to the competing with private sector utilizing the assets and capital of the Town They asked for more transparency and openness on decision-making and expenditures of tax dollars
I continued to ask questions and discuss finance matters at the public town meetings to further the transparency issues, including consultations with Municipal Affairs on appropriate expenditures. To this end, I am a member of the community based group” Stephenville Cultural Destination Committee” our goal is to set forth a strategy for Stephenville as a tourism destination.
While it was also identified that there needs to be a greater role in the promotion of the Towns core infrastructure resources such as Airport and Port facilities, as well as recreation facilities.
Development of a tax incentive to promote new business and lowering the cost for property taxes for seniors and low-income families in Stephenville, I continue to pursue opportunities to gain ground on these issues.
I plan to hold my second meeting May 27th with a focus on eco-friendly development from a community perspective.
I hope to see many people with comments and suggestions.
Tom Rose, Stephenville councillor