Town will go to court if necessary
Victoria Town Council says it will go to court and represent the town and the volunteer fire department if the need arises.
Council agreed to take that step at the regular March 9 meeting after tabling a Statement of Claim served on the Town of Victoria and the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department, March 6, by a former firefighter with the department.
According to minutes from the council meeting, after discussing the matter, council agreed to take several steps as directed by the town’s lawyer.
Council will file a Statement of Defence, initiate a Certiorari application (Certiorari is defined as: a discretionary writ from a higher court to a lower one, or to a board or official with some judicial power, requesting the record of a case for review) and, if necessary go to court to represent the town and the department.
Working Foreman David King was at the meeting to submit a report to council.
The foreman’s report included snow clearing and sanding; cleaning UV lights at the lagoon; hauling sand; clearing a plugged sewer; ditching; working on the lift station, cleaning out grid chamber at the lagoon site and road repairs.
A resident of Forest Road alleges that another resident on the road has directed water to his property by digging trenches in the road, causing damage to his driveway. The working foreman will check into the matter.
Two property owners at Ash’s Lane would like council to recti- fy a flooding problem in the lane. They say that during heavy rain and snow melt, they experience flooding to their properties, caused by water running from the north side of the road, crossing over the road and onto their property.
The foreman suggested a ditch be dug and three culverts installed.
Council agreed to have the work done under its Summer Works Program.
Working Foreman King told council 300 tonnes of salt and mixture is required for 2009. Council will order the mixture at a cost of $39 per tonne.
It’s estimated the cost of the sewage lift station and force main upgrading on highway East will be $481,507.88. With funding of $427,100 approved, there is a deficit of $54,407.88.
Council will apply for the additional funding through Municipal Affairs.
Council discussed the lift station on Church Road and the extensive and expensive repairs carried out recently and decided to have Harris and Associates prepare a design for a new lift station. The town will apply for funding to replace the equipment.
In consideration of the large amount of Class A stone spread on gravel roads last year, council discussed alternative methods to fix roads such as grading them more frequently than in the past. The Town Planning Committee will have a look at the options.
Council approved the purchase of a $700 cooler for the Victoria Community Centre.
The town agreed to approve a $100 (Bronze Sponsor) donation to the CBN Minor Soccer England Division to support their trip to England.
The Civic Functions Committee held a meeting to discuss Canada Day celebrations. The town will apply for $1,000 worth of fireworks for the July 1 celebration. The day will consist of breakfast, a parade with best decorate bike and hat contests; a caplin roast and boil-up, sponsored by the Victoria Lions; activities at the Recreation Complex; fireworks and the possibility of karaoke singing and a dance.
Mayor Arthur Burke mentioned getting groups in the town together for Victoria Day Celebrations.
The Civic Functions Committee will ask various organizations in town to hold certain events. The committee will also look into holding the activities at the heritage Park on Powerhouse Road.
The town approved payment of bills totalling $18,875.27.
Council congratulated Paul Hennessey, operator maintenance, on completing a Class 1 Wastewater Treatment System Operator course.
Mayor Arthur Burke, Deputy mayor Barry Dooley and Councillors Robert Clarke, Vivian Hiscock, Ingemar Dean, David Bourne and David King attended the meeting. Coun. Aubrey Rose was absent due to illness.