BRISTOL – Council held their regular meeting, November 5. A resident of Norway Bay raised the issue of fire permits and regulations. He had a permit, but a number of people told him no burning was allowed while he was burning brush, as depicted on signs entering Norway Bay. He asked for improvements to communication channels so that both council and the fire department know who has fire permits. He also noted there are many places in Norway Bay where it would not be safe to have a fire and expressed concern about the indiscriminate use of fireworks. Council gave notice of motion to change the Fire Bylaw.
Motions were passed to send the municipal road maintenance report to the provincial government to receive a $475,316 grant; to spend $40,000 plus the cost of modifications for a used supply/service fire truck to replace the current one that dates from the 1980s; to work on a municipal bylaw regarding cannabis use; and that the rental agreement for the municipal hall be modified to better reflect clean-up costs and damage coverage.
Efforts continue, said Councillor Greg Graham, to address the issue of speeding within the village and how to encourage drivers to slow down. The quest is complicated because the Ministry of Transport is responsible for those roads and must approve the signs.
Councillor Phillip Holmes resigned from the Library Committee due to conflict of interest.