Mo­tion did not pass unan­i­mously

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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.”

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