This section will provide you with information on Council and Committee structure, as well as information about our budget and tax structure. In addition, minutes from our Public Council Meetings can be viewed and printed from this site.

Public Council Meetings are generally held every other Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m.
The first meeting of 2017 being January 17th and every second Tuesday thereafter.


Message from the Mayor

On behalf of Council, Town Staff, and the residents I welcome you to the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Our Town has a long history, dating back to the early 1500’s and like most communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, had its roots in the fishery with the settlement of Portugal Cove and then in farming with the settlement of St. Philip’s. We are doubly enriched with the combination of what were two separate towns. Our future is great because of our past and our present.

Our town is in the midst of growth which is both positive and challenging. We welcome new residents but at the same time we want to keep our town distinct with a rural character. While we border St. John’s we have a definite separation with the presence of Windsor Lake. Our goal is to engage in responsible planning with buffers between new subdivisions and older housing areas and the preservation of natural vegetation whenever possible. The ruggedness of our landscape allows us to highlight the presence of nature in our community. In our 2010 Budget we provided for the purchase of 50 acres of Crown Land to be used for recreational purposes.

Another challenge of a fast growing Town is to provide recreational facilities for our residents, particularly our young people. We hope to build an educational/recreational complex with a swimming pool and other recreational facilities.

Some areas of the Town can support more small scale business while we are considering an industrial/commercial park for businesses of a larger nature. We don’t see ourselves as having a large scale industrial base but we do hope to grow our business component.

We are currently revising our Town Plan which will give us direction for the next 10 years. We have great restaurants, and hiking trails and we are the gateway to Bell Island.

We have a great people presence. Our school (Beachy Cove Elementary) of almost 600 students from Kindergarten to grade six, with a French immersion stream, is among the best schools in the province. A member of Council acts as liaison to the School Council. There is a high volunteer presence, in areas such as the Brownies, Cubs, soccer, softball, End of Season Regatta, 50 Club, and through the Churches who reach out to all, particularly the seniors. Our goal is to highlight a sense of Community rather than that of a Town being administered through Town Hall. We have a very active electorate whose support must be won each election. We have tried to make Town Hall more friendly and at the end of each Council meeting, any resident has the floor to raise questions, make comments, give advice, etc. We also socialize on a one-on-one basis as Councillors stay and mingle.

We look forward to a great future and we hope you will find this website informative in terms of what our great Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s has to offer.


Town Council


Moses G. Tucker

Moses has lived his entire
life in Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s. Married to his wife Linda of 47 years they have raised three children and six grandchildren here. Moses served as the Chairman of the Committee for the Incorporation of the Town of St. Philip’s and has served as Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. After graduating college with Civil Engineering Technology (CET), he spent 15 years as a Project Manager with an engineering consulting company and over 25 years with the RCMP as a Projects Officer. He has received the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal for volunteer work, serving on many committees and associations, including President of the Association of Technicians and Technologists of NL, Director of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists, Chair of the Property Committee for the Avalon Consolidated School Board and more.

Contact Mayor Moses Tucker: [email protected]

Deputy Mayor
Gavin Will

Gavin Will is owner of Boulder Publications, a book publishing company based in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. He is a columnist who has worked for The Globe and Mail, The Telegram, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Gavin is married to Amanda Will, is father of two children, and is lifelong runner.

Contact Deputy Mayor Gavin Will: [email protected]

Johnny Hanlon

Johnny Hanlon is a lifelong resident of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s, he is currently employed with NL English School District as the Facilities Manager. His volunteer work in the community includes being one of the founding members of the PCSP Soccer Association as president for two years, a member of the Beachy Cove School council for three years (2 years as parent rep and one as chair), a coach with various teams at the Killick Coast Games and minor hockey coach for the past six years. Johnny has been married to his wife Denise for 19 years and has two children Stacey and Jack.

Contact Councillor Johnny Hanlon: [email protected]

Dave Bartlett

Dave Bartlett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education at MUN in 1990. In 2001, he received a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. An educator for 23 years he currently teaches at Leary’s Brook Junior High. Dave volunteers with Mazol Shriners as Band Director of the Oriental Band and has served on the PCSP soccer executive for four years. He was with the CLB Regiment Band for 23 years and is a proud member of the NL Foster Families Association. Dave is married to Carol and have three beautiful children. He has called Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s home for the past 18 years.

Contact Councillor Dave Bartlett: [email protected]

Joe Butler

Joe Butler resides in PCSP with his wife and has two adult daughters. Joe has a strong business and finance background. He believes in the value of Community Service, volunteering as a Portugal Cove –St.Philip’s Firefighter. Joe also served with the Better Business Bureau, with the VOCM Cares Foundation, as a hike leader for East Coast Trails and with Climate Change Canada as a presenter among others. Joe believes sustainable development is essential to our community not only to maintain the rural character, but also to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.

Contact Councillor Joe Butler: [email protected]

Norm Collins

Norm Collins has lived in this community for 47 years. He and his wife Agnes have raised two wonderful children here and are now blessed with four beautiful grandchildren. As a retired Public Servant Norm has dedicated to the Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s full time. He has proudly served two terms as Mayor and two terms as Deputy Mayor of the Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s since 1993. He is an active member of the St. Lawrence Anglican Church and serves as President of the Men’s Service Club, as well as an active member of the Portugal Cove Lion’s Club.

Contact Councillor Norm Collins: [email protected]

Aaron Facey

Aaron Facey and his wife Sarah decided to move to PCSP five years ago. They chose to move to the area after considering what community they wanted to serve. They have two young children and they looked at Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s as a great place to raise a family. As a matter of fact, Sarah’s family was already living here. Aaron believes places are great places because people bring whatever abilities, skills and enthusiasm they can. In Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s we have a lot of people already contributing to that, and Aaron is excited to be involved with council and doing his part.

Contact Councillor Aaron Facey: [email protected]


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