Mediator required to settle dispute
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.
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.
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.
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.