Peace and har­mony?

Town reaches com­pro­mise over use of build­ing

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Carbonear Town Coun­cil passed a spe­cial mo­tion at its April 6 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing last Mon­day of­fer­ing use of the Princess Sheila 50-Plus Cen­tre to the Carbonear Is­land Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club.

The Carbonear Is­land Se­niors have been of­fered the use of the Wa­ter Street build­ing for their reg­u­lar meet­ings on Tues­day or Thurs­day nights.

Ap­par­ently those were the nights when the fa­cil­ity was made avail­able be­cause the Princess Sheila 50 Plus Se­niors Club al­ready use the cen­tre on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day nights for meet­ings and card games.

For sev­eral months Coun­cil has found it­self caught in the mid­dle of a dis­pute be­tween the Princess Sheila 50 Plus Se­niors Club, who have been us­ing the build­ing for 21 years (since 1988), and the more re­cently formed Carbonear Is­land Se­niors Club. The lat­ter group is made up of se­niors who claim they were “ kicked out of the ( Princess Sheila) Club.”

Tom Reynolds of the Carbonear Is­land Se­niors group told The Com­pass af­ter­wards the Princess Sheila Club only started their card games on Fri­day nights about a month ago when they found out his group had asked Coun­cil for use of the build­ing on Fri­day nights.

Coun­cil has been work­ing with both groups in an ef­fort to re­solve a long-stand­ing dis­pute over use of the build­ing, which is owned by the town.

That dis­pute came to a head Fri­day, April 3 when the splin­ter group staged a peace­ful demon­stra­tion out­side the build­ing, while the Princess Sheila group were in­side hav­ing their game of cards. The demon­stra­tors car­ried plac­ards which read: “Bul­ly­ing... won’t be tol­er­ated and The town owns this build­ing NOT the Princess Sheila Club.”

But it was signs sug­gest­ing Coun­cil had aban­doned them and “ Coun­cil should re­sign,” that Mayor Sam Slade didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate.

“This Coun­cil has worked long and hard to en­sure the Carbonear Is­land Se­niors have use of that build­ing, without tak­ing away from any other group,”

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