Me­di­a­tor re­quired to set­tle dis­pute

The Compass - - OPINION -

A cou­ple from For­est Road at­tended the April 6 reg­u­lar meet­ing of Vic­to­ria town coun­cil re­gard­ing a March 27 let­ter sent to them from the town.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes from the coun­cil meet­ing, “In the let­ter, they were told to solve the dis­pute with the bound­ary on their road.”

At the meet­ing, the cou­ple asked coun­cil to re­turn the 14 feet of land they passed over to the town in 1995.

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion, some­one at the ta­ble sug­gested a me­di­a­tor is re­quired to try to work out prob­lems be­tween both par­ties on For­est Road.

Mayor Arthur Burke told the cou­ple the town would be pre- pared to me­di­ate if both par­ties are sat­is­fied.


A res­i­dent of Main High­way (The Ridge) is ask­ing that a guardrail be in­stalled on the right side of the road go­ing down the Ridge.

Coun­cil will write Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Trevor Tay­lor about the re­quest.


It ap­pears sev­eral res­i­dents of Church Road have com­plaints re­gard­ing an­i­mals owned by res­i­dents in the area and the mess around their prop­er­ties. It seems geese are roam­ing the road and there is waste from the birds all around the area.

Ap­par­ently none of the res­i­dents on the road have ap­plied to the town for per­mits to keep the an­i­mals on their prop­er­ties.

Coun­cil will con­tact Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices, Har­bour Grace re­quest­ing that depart­ment check into the com­plaint.

Lift sta­tion

The topic of ex­tra cost as­so­ci­ated with a new gen­er­a­tor for up­grad­ing the lift sta­tion at High­way East was dis­cussed. Coun­cil has ap­plied to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs for ex­tra fund­ing.

Mayor Arthur Burke said he spoke with MHA Jerome Kennedy and was ad­vised to ap­ply with a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion un­der the MRIF (Mu­nic­i­pal Ru­ral In­fra­struc­ture Fund) Pro­gram for fund­ing for the gen­er­a­tor. Coun­cil will con­tact Har­ris and As­so­ci­ates (en­gi­neers) to de­ter­mine the com­plete cost for the equip­ment.

Mean­while coun­cil met with the en­gi­neers re­gard­ing ma­te­rial found in the sewer line on Church Road. They will pre­pare a cost to up­grade the lift sta­tion on the road and the cost for up­grad­ing and paving all roads in the town.

Lim­ited park­ing

Res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cern about lim­ited park­ing space at the post of­fice and the pos­si­ble risk of ac­ci­dents be­cause of a blind spot when ex­it­ing the post of­fice park­ing lot.

It ap­pears Canada Post has agreed to move the out­side postal boxes to the other side of the build­ing to cre­ate more park­ing space. How­ever, the town must agree to ve­hi­cles us­ing the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre park­ing lot for park­ing when ac­cess­ing postal boxes.

Coun­cil de­cided to retable the mat­ter at its next meet­ing.


A res­i­dent who fre­quently trav­els the board­walk has com­plained to coun­cil about the de­struc­tion at the site and the lit­ter left by peo­ple hang­ing around the board­walk late at night. He sug­gested the sec­ond rest top be re­moved, thus leav­ing no place for peo­ple to loi­ter late at night.

Coun­cil dis­cussed the mat­ter, but did not come to a de­ci­sion.


The town has re­ceived a map from the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources out­lin­ing Vic­to­ria’s mu­nic­i­pal and plan­ning bound­ary.

The map shows the pro­posed dwelling of a res­i­dent of Fresh­wa­ter will be lo­cated within Vic­to­ria’s bound­ary. The res­i­dent of Fresh­wa­ter owns prop­erty on Fresh­wa­ter Road.

Coun­cil asked Work­ing Fore­man David King to check the prop­erty to de­ter­mine if there is de­vel­op­ment on­go­ing.

Coun­cil de­cided to write the prop­erty owner ad­vis­ing of the re­cent find­ings and in­form him he can­not con­struct a dwelling within 600 me­tres of a poul­try/turkey farm. This, coun­cil says, is cov­ered un­der the town’s De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions.

Town Clerk Sharon Snooks was asked to con­tact the Plan­ning Depart­ment to fur­ther check into the mat­ter.


Coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion (in prin­ci­ple) to open a construction busi­ness., pend­ing pub­lic re­sponse af­ter the in­tent is ad­ver­tised.

The town fore­man will check out a re­quest to con­struct a house on Old Track Road, east of King’s Road.


A res­i­dent of Main High­way, who owns prop­erty on the Ridge was at the meet­ing to dis­cuss a flood­ing prob­lem on her prop­erty.

She has asked coun­cil to in­stall a ditch on the track be­hind her house, pos­si­bly con­nect­ing into an ex­ist­ing ditch down through Vater’s Road.

Later in the meet­ing coun­cil noted it will re­mind the work­ing fore­man not to let wa­ter run to­wards the res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties on Main High­way.

Fore­man’s re­port

Work­ing Fore­man David King sub­mit­ted his re­port for the pe­riod March 23 to April 3.

The re­port in­cluded snow clear­ing, sand­ing, de­liv­er­ing specs for a new pickup to var­i­ous deal­er­ships; get­ting the loader checked; fix­ing a fire es­cape; work­ing on the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and com­plet­ing some road re­pairs; re­mov­ing plow and chains and chang­ing oil in loader; plow­ing the road to a horse pas­ture; check­ing out sev­eral leaks for res­i­dents around town.

The fore­man told coun­cil it will cost close to $6,000 to re­place the ra­di­a­tor in the loader. Coun­cil agreed to have the ra­di­a­tor re­placed.


The town ap­proved pay­ment of bills to­talling $16,317.95.


Mayor Arthur Burke presided over the meet­ing at­tended by Coun­cil­lors Robert Clarke, Aubrey Rose and David Bourne. Deputy Mayor Barry Doo­ley was out of the prov­ince, Coun. Vi­vian His­cock was ab­sent due to an ill­ness in the fam­ily and Coun. Inge­mar Dean could not at­tend due to work com­mit­ments.

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