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Burin council votes against service boundary expansion recommendation

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BURIN, N.L. —

The Town of Burin will not be expanding its service boundaries to include residents past the Golden Sands Resort in Burin.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 council approved the minutes of a special meeting held on Tuesday, Jan 7 to discuss recommendations on the topic found in a consulting firm's report.

Minutes of the meeting provided to The Southern Gazette show council had a number of concerns including fire protection, streets not meeting town standards, and increased service costs.

Mayor Kevin Lundrigan told The Southern Gazette during a phone interview Friday, Jan. 24 although the report recommended the town move forward with a service boundary expansion, council felt it was not in the town's best financial interest.

The cost for upgrades needed to expand the service district was estimated at more than $1 million.

"A unanimous decision rejected the report," he explained.

In October 2019 the town hired LW Consulting to prepare a feasibility study to look at expansion of the town's service boundary to provide fire protection, street lighting, and possibly road maintenance and snow clearing to 75 additional properties.

colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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