Notes from the Rotary Luncheon Meeting  January 23 2020

Program-chair Bernd chaired the meeting.

Guests

Jennifer introduced her guest Floyd Spracklin

Program

Bernd welcomed and introduced the guest speaker Corner Brook Mayor Jim Parsons.

Rogers Cable also taped his talk.

Jim began his presentation by  looking at the happenings in the city in 2019 which he regards as a transformational year. He spoke of the new happenings in the city which include the new pathways for ATV vehicles through the City, the Margaret Bowater Splash pad, the downtown city road-train, the year with the most and largest cruise ships visiting the city and the summer ‘Come Home Year Celebration.  All this has resulted in additions to the culture of the City.

Jim then spoke of the major changes that have taken place in City Hall with a new City Manager Rod Cumby being hired.  The City budget is over 36 million but in spite of an increase of 36% for capital works, has not resulted in a tax increase in 2020.  He noted the Poll tax has now been abolished. The City is developing better relationships with both its provincial and federal partners.. The club house in Jubilee Field is being improved at the moment and two major projects in the works are the development of an aquatic centre at Grenfell campus and the new water treatment plant.  Highlights for the future will be the running of the newly purchased road-train, more playground equipment plus more health and wellness activities. 

Mayor Parson’s feels that 2020 will be a big year for the City economically with the opening of the new Long Term Care facility, construction of the new hospital, the  stability of the Kruger paper mill and the new crane and infrastructure at the harbour allowing international container traffic into Corner Brook. Tourism will be a major focus of the City  as a strategic plan for the area is being developed so that Corner Brook will be a hub for outdoor pursuits. This coming year there will be 21 cruise ship visits. It is hoped to expand the City celebrations during the summer with more tourism events.

The hope through all of this is to make the City more liveable in which quality of life is important.

Verbon thanked Mayor Jim before the meeting was adjourned.