Motion did not pass unanimously
Mayor Slade said at last week’s council meeting.
“At no point in time did we work against this group or any other group - we have worked very hard to get a night for them.”
Councillor Gladys Mercer, who made the motion, agreed, adding, to secure a “calm, quiet environment to have their meetings, we (council) had to work in conjunction with the other groups who were already using the building including the Princess Sheila Seniors, Womens Institute and Special Olympics. Out of common courtesy to those groups, Coun. Mercer pointed out,“those discussions had to be ongoing.” She said because the building is already occupied on Wednesday and Friday nights by the Princess Sheila group,“we could only offer it (to the Carbonear Island group) on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights to go inside and have their meetings in peace and harmony.”
Coun. Fred Earle, who seconded the motion, said a lot of time and energy has been expended to try and resolve this dispute and in the end we reached a compromise.
The motion read: Resolved that the Town of Carbonear offer the use of the meeting room on the west side of the Princess Sheila Seniors Building for one night per week, either Tuesday or Thursday to the Carbonear Island Seniors Club for the purpose of holding their regular weekly meetings. Favour 6; Opposed 1; Carried.
Six of the seven members of council voted in favor of the motion, which means it did not pass unanimously.
Coun. Terry Emberley opposed the motion as he feels the building should be made available every second Friday as well to the Carbonear Island Seniors Club.
Les Hayter, a member of the Princess Sheila Seniors, who attended last week’s meeting said he wasn’t there to officially represent his group. But as an individual member, Hayter said he is satisfied with the new arrangement.
Wishing the Carbonear Island Seniors well in their future, Mayor Slade said he would like to see the groups who use the building get along.
“All we need is a little co-operation,” Mayor Slade said.
Hayter agreed, adding, “we’re all supposed to be friends.”