Town must indicate intention
At its regular council meeting May 19 the Town of Victoria tabled a letter from the Department of Municipal Affairs.
The letter refers to the Burnt Woods Trunk Sewer/ Double Brook Water Main Relocation Project and the Trunk Sewer, Main Highway, Route 70 Project.
Council was advised it must indicate its intention to proceed with engineering design, including acceptance of the indicated cost sharing arrangement within 21 days of the date of the letters.
The town approved the funding for $340,960 for the Burnt Woods Road/Double Brook project and further approved funding in the amount of $147,000 for the Main Highway-Route 70 project.
During the meeting, one of the councillors mentioned salvage on Ash’s Lane and wondered if it was going to be cleaned up. Apparently there is a lot of garbage outside a property on the lane.
After discussing the matter council decided to push the debris (washers, etc.) into the yard.
A copy of a letter sent to a Freshwater landowner from the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board was tabled.
The owner is appealing council’s decision regarding a development application for Freshwater Road.
The town clerk will complete the necessary application forms and send them to the Appeal Board.
At the suggestion of Baine Johnston Insurance, the town will change the values of it buildings as follows: town hall: from $432,930 to $608,950; fire hall: from $ 161,900 to $ 239,924; garage, from $ 106,422 to $ 300,549; recreation centre: $62,079 to $181,695; community centre: from $ 432,600 to $1,284,760.
The chair of the town’s Economic Development Committee met with the developer of a proposed golf course on Rattle’s Road. Apparently the developer is awaiting a reply from the Department of Environment in connection with a portion of the property that was once used as a dumping site. The developer does not know when he will be able to proceed with the proposed golf course.
The Town Planning Committee met with a developer to discuss an extension to an existing subdivision. The developer is looking for Crown land located in the area of the subdivision and is asking council to approve the land to extend the existing development.
The committee decided the developer must have a drawing of what Crown land will be required, and a drawing completed by a certified engineer, before any further development occurs.
The committee visited Ash’s Lane where ditching and a culvert is to be installed.
After discussion council decided that before proceeding with the work, property owners must dig a ditch down through their properties, after which council will dig the ditch and install the necessary culvert. Boardwallk extension The chair of the Tidy Towns Committee reported on the boardwalk extension application. He told council the committee might go back to the original plan to follow the trunk sewer down to meet up with Sally Powell’s Gully and with Highway East in the vicinity of the Victorian Retirement Home.
A councillor said a resident of Salmon Cove Road had called about holes in the portion of King’s Road and Salmon Cove Road which he uses every day. Council was advised the town is waiting on a grader to grade all gravel roads in the town.
Mayor Arthur Burke mentioned rough spots in the road going to cabins around Myler Pond. The cabin owners would like assistance with upgrading the road. After discussing the matter council decided to investigate further before the next regular meeting.
Victoria United Church is proposing to apply for funding to construct 10 housing units for low income seniors across from the church on Church Road. Mayor Burke briefed council on the proposal. Applications
Council approved an applica- tion from a property owner on Swansea Road to use a truck box as a shed, and a separate application to construct a house on Swansea Road.
The working foreman was asked to check on an application to construct a house behind an existing house on Main Highway.
The Department of Government Services has sent the town the results of “a visit to Church Road Extension in regards to animals owned by the brother of a property owner on Church Road.”
After some discussion council decided to write the owner of the property directing him to clean it up immediately. Council will include a copy of Government Services regulations.
Council tabled a letter from a lawyer regarding matters aris- ing from an application on behalf of the town to have an action dismissed with a plaintiff. The minutes from the meeting are not specific on the matter.
“A councillor declared that he was in a conflict of interest and left the meeting,” they state.“Discussion was held and the letter from the lawyer was read. The lawyer for the plaintiff was told by the Chief Justice to prepare and file an amended Statement of Claim, which precisely sets out what other relief is being sought. After the discussion the councillor returned to the chambers.
Working Foreman David King presented his report to council for May 4 to May 15. During that time period he carried out road work on various occasions, cleaned UV lights, fixed a leak at King’s Road, collected garbage from the Community Centre, located manholes for the town’s engineer, took a sewer sample to Government Services in Harbour Grace, worked on the Community Centre, removed gates from the grid chamber and took shots of the ditch on Ash’s Lane. The foreman took the town’s dump truck to Forest Road to be loaded with shingles.
Council approved payment of bills totalling $23,592.98.
Mayor Arthur Burke and Councillors Robert Clarke, Vivian Hiscock, Aubrey Rose, David Bourne and Paul Hennessey attended the meeting. Councillors Ingemar Dean and Deputy Mayor Barry Dooley were absent due to work commitments and family commitments.