Application for a new restaurant in Liverpool winding its way through approvals

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Liverpool could soon have a new restaurant.

At their last meeting before the October 17 municipal elections, the members of the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) council gave the thumbs up for re-zoning a property at 135 Port Mouton Road in Liverpool from Restricted Residential (R1) to Downtown Commercial (C1).

Jonathan Bower and Robyn Harlow of Harshell Enterprises have owned and operated the West End Kwik-Way Convenience Store at 143 Port Mouton Road for the past six years. They now hope to expand their offerings to include a restaurant and a gas station.

“We’re here to invest, develop and expand our business interests in Liverpool. We care about the town, its residents, and we seek to improve it however we can,” Bower explained in the application for the re-zoning.

At the council meeting on October 13, RQM Mayor David Dagley said the business owners have been an asset to the town.

“They’re a credit to the area in Liverpool because they’re doing so well and putting a lot of effort into it.”

Members of the municipality’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) reviewed the application and recommended that council approve the rezoning. This would allow a restaurant to occupy 135 Old Port Mouton Road, which is currently a residence. However, it would not allow for a gas station which the owners wanted to establish adjacent to their Kwik-Way.

The PAC and council failed to approve that development, citing traffic and environmental concerns.

The next steps in the approval process is a public hearing, set for November 10 at 9 a.m., followed by a council meeting where a decision will be based on the views stemming from the public hearing. If approved by the RQM council, the application is forwarded to the province for further approval.

Dagley noted the owners could return and apply for re-zoning for a gas station, if they wanted.

In other RQM council news concerning businesses:

• Council approved a motion October 13 to enter into a proposed agreement with Taste of Saffron Food & Catering Service for food and non-alcoholic beverage operations at Queens Place Emera Centre for a two-year term, from October 1, 2020 to April 20, 2021 and October 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

• Council approved the purchase of a new Caterpillar 938 Loader from Atlantic Tractors & Equipment for a price of $281,800 plus HST. This is a budgeted item, funded from the Landfill Equipment Reserve.

The new loader will replace a 2005 John Deere, which will be traded in.

A second business offered a quote – Brandt Tractor Ltd. for just over $285,500.

• The 2020 - 2021 Tender to Truck Bulk Salt was awarded to Van Dyk Excavation & Trucking for the tendered price of $39.12 per metric tonne plus HST for the 2020 - 2021 winter season. Van Dyk was also the provider during the previous season. Cost for the 2019 - 2020 season was $41 per metric tonne, plus HST.

The one other submission came from Donald Whynott Trucking Ltd., for $41 plus HST per metric tonne.

• Council appointed five members of the public for the Queen’s Accessibility Advisory Committee: MacKenzie Colp, Wayne Huskins, Kelly Oxner, Tyler Roy and David Rudderham. A total of nine people applied for the committee.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin