Gut Bridge

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The ten­der has been awarded to re­place the Gut Bridge in Carbonear. Coun­cil hopes work on the long over­due project can get off the ground in April.

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BY BILL BOW­MAN

THE COM­PASS

Dur­ing the Jan. 25 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil rat­i­fied a mo­tion, which had been passed at a Jan. 13 priv­i­leged meet­ing, “to award the ten­der to New­found Construction for the Gut Bridge up­grad­ing project.” The ten­der is con­tin­gent on “prior con­fir­ma­tion that New­found Construction will com­plete the project for the ten­der price of $952,929.”

The mo­tion also calls for the construction firm to be pre­pared to be­gin the project as early as April, weather per­mit­ting.

“It’s time to get this done,” said mayor Sam Slade, re­fer­ring to the Gut Bridge project.

Coun­cil also adopted the min­utes of the Jan. 13 priv­i­leged meet­ing at their Jan 25 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Priv­i­leged meet­ing mo­tions rat­i­fied

Coun­cil rat­i­fied some mo­tions, which had been passed at a Dec. 21 priv­i­leged meet­ing

One re­solved that the town is­sue a cheque to an in­sur­ance claimant in the amount of $888.24 as rec­om­mended by Lom­bard Canada.

Coun­cil rat­i­fied a mo­tion to pro- ceed to com­plete the floor re­pairs to the west side of the Princess Sheila Build­ing.

The town de­cided to do­nate $2,500 to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, Daf­fodil Place Cam­paign.

Coun­cil de­cided to award the ten­der for the chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem up­grad­ing to South­ern Construction.

The $101,135 ten­der is sub­ject to ap­proval of ad­di­tional fund­ing for the project from the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs.

Street up­grad­ing

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to ap­prove the bor­row­ing of $94,823 - the mu­nic­i­pal share of funds for the Highroad South/Chapel Hill street up­grad­ing and paving project. The money will be bor­rowed from Sco­tia­bank over a 10-year pe­riod at an in­ter­est rate of prime plus 0.75 per cent.

The project was one of the items cov­ered in the town ad­min­is­tra­tor’s re­port.

The town also de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in the House­hold Haz­ardous Waste Pro­gram with MMSB ( Multi Ma­te­ri­als Stew­ard­ship Board for 2010 at a cost of 45 cents per capita for a to­tal of $2,125.35 plus HST.

Cyn­thia Davis con­firmed the funds are in­cluded in the 2010 Bud­get for this pur­pose.

Coun. Gla­dys Mercer noted, “this is a very im­por­tant as­pect of waste man­age­ment.”

And coun­cil passed a mo­tion giv­ing the mayor or deputy mayor and the town ad­min­is­tra­tor or town clerk au­thor­ity to sign an in­den­ture con­firm­ing the sale of land by the town ac­quired from a tax sale in 1988.

Op­er­a­tions/pub­lic works

Brian O’Grady, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and pub­lic works ad­vised coun­cil the cost of a com­po­nent for the mo­tor con­trols in the Wood­wynd Heights pump house is $1,125.

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to ap­prove the pur­chase of the com­po­nent at the cost of $1,125 plus HST and ship­ping.

Coun­cil also passed a mo­tion to award the ten­der for the pur­chase of two trucks to the low­est bid­der, The Royal Garage Ltd.

Canada Day fund­ing

Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Rob pre­sented an ap­pli­ca­tion for $2,000 for the Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tions as com­pleted by the Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion au­tho­riz­ing Dianne Butt, chair­woman of the Carbonear Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee to sub­mit a fund­ing re­quest to the depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage un­der its Cel­e­brate Canada Pro­gram for or­ga­niz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate Canada Day.

Pool ren­o­va­tions

Coun­cil passed a num­ber of mo­tions based on rec­om­men­da­tions from the fi­nance, ad­min­is­tra­tion and hu­man re­sources com­mit­tee.

The town will set aside a re­serve fund from re­tained earn­ings for 2009 in the amount of $16,361.72 ($14479.40 plus HST) to ren­o­vate the wash­room off the main lobby and the change rooms at the rear of the Carbonear Pool build­ing.

The town will pur­chase sound equip­ment for the Rorke Mu­seum from C. B. Mu­sic Cen­tre at a cost of $6,369.31 the low­est of three quotes ob­tained.

Coun­cil ap­proved $150 to­ward the cost of a new flag for the Carbonear Guide and Scout move­ments.

Un­der Sec­tion 137 of the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act, 1999 coun­cil passed a mo­tion to is­sue a no­tice to the prop­erty owner of Ac­count No. 13084 of the out­stand­ing taxes ow­ing on the prop­erty. Coun­cil will fur­ther ad­vise that the sub­ject prop­erty is li­able to be sold un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act, 1999 for the ar­rears, with in­ter­est and the ex­penses of and in­ci­den­tal to the ar­rears un­less the taxes are paid within 60 days from the date of the no­tice.

Coun­cil de­cided to do­nate $500 to the Hope for Haiti fund.

Cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to ap­prove for pay­ment the list of cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures to­talling $171,547.77.

Coun­cil ap­proved for pay­ment a list of in­voices to­talling $5,851.02.

At­ten­dance

Chaired by mayor Sam Slade, the Jan. 25 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing was at­tended by deputy mayor Ches Ash and coun­cil­lors, David Kennedy, Ge­orge Butt, Betty For­ward, Ed Goff and Gla­dys Mercer.

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