Jammed-packed agenda warrants second meeting for Spaniard’s Bay council
It looks like there’s no shortage of issues around the Spaniard’s Bay council chambers these days. Council has had to hold extra meetings to deal with its crowded agenda.
Finn’s Hill takeover
The agenda at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Spaniard’s Bay town council was so full, a number of items had to be deferred to a second meeting two days later.
Mayor John Drover welcomed residents Terry Whalen and Rick Finn to the meeting. Both men wanted to know when the town would be taking over Finn’s Hill road.
According to Whalen the road either met or exceeded municipal standards for a take over with the exception of the necessary space for heavy equipment turnaround. Whalen told council they currently pay $3,500 in taxes annually and are not looking for something for free. Mayor Drover said council or a committee of council would review the matter, however council was not in the position to make a decision that night. Meanwhile WhaleFinn Properties told council they would install a hydrant to the second building. The men will be notified of council’s decision.
Council accepted a motion by councillors Eric Jewer and Calvin Noseworthy to have the town’s Planning Committee review the request for takeover of the private right-of-way at Finn’s Hill and make a recommendation to council.
Town manager’s report
Council tabled the town manager’s report updating them on town activities as well as a request for a rate increase from the janitor.
Council accepted a motion by councillors Calvin Noseworthy and Eric Jewer to pay the janitor $100 per month.
Council discussed the sewer blockage on the Conception Bay Highway near the intersection of Bishop’s Cove Road. Town manager Tony Ryan felt digging up the highway should be the last resort and the best option would be to secure the sewer jet and suction services of Afonso Diving.
Council accepted a motion by councillors Wayne Smith and Calvin Noseworthy to get the appropriate equipment to address the sewer problem.
Council also accepted a motion by deputy mayor Tony Menchions and coun. Calvin Noseworthy to appoint Harry Richards to the position of working foreman.
The town approved payment of bills totalling $75,175.32.
Joint management Committee
Coun. Sheri Collins gave council an overview of the recent Joint Management Committee for the Shearstown Estuary and passed along the 2009 financial statements, of the committee, to be added to the agenda for the next meeting.
The Joint Management Committee wants the towns of Bay Roberts and Spaniard’s Bay to work together and clean up the estuary and Pat George ( co-chair) said she would like to give a presentation to council. The Joint Management Committee is looking at setting up a conservation camp over the summer months.
Council tabled and accepted the 2009 financial statements from the Heritage Committee. Calvin Crane was elected as chairman and Mary Hutchings as treasurer at the Heritage Committee’s annual general meeting. The position of vice chair was not filled. Meanwhile some concerns were expressed on the cost of heating the heritage building.
Coun. Brenda Seymour will contact chairman Crane and ask if they will check with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador on issues surrounding storage space verses non heated storage space. Coun. Seymour told council the Heritage Committee is looking into an alternate location for the Sunday By The Sea weekly show. Recreation Council accepted a motion by deputy mayor Menchions and councillor Seymour to form a committee, made up of deputy mayor Menchions and councillors Jewer, Seymour and Paul Brazil to determine the criteria for a recreation director for the town.
Council is also seeking government funding for a seniors program.
Land for sale
The town accepted offers for three pieces of land. ($3,751 for 21-25 Crane’s Lane, $500 for 18 Perry’s Hill and $3000 for 158-160 New Harbour Road).
Coun. Noseworthy felt he could have been in conflict of interest on the bid for Perry’s Hill and left the room before the vote was taken.
Council accepted a motion by Counillors Jewer and Collins to donate $200 to the Spaniard’s Bay Fire Department for their Valentine’s Day dance.
Council accepted a motion by councillors Jewer and Smith to use $3,000 in funding from the Municipal Capital Works Project to cover additional costs associated with the Evergreen Heights culvert.
A motion by Councillors Smith and Noseworthy to hire Plan-Tech to complete the ICSP at a cost of $15,500 plus HST, was approved and council agreed to meet on Feb. 10 to finalize the selection for its Capital Investment Plan for the 2006-2009 Gas Tax Allotment.
The town also accepted a motion by deputy mayor Menchions and coun. Jewer to purchase the Town Suite Capital Asset software package from Pro-Comm Data Services for $8,394 plus HST.
An estimate, for new gas detection equipment for the chlorination plant, was tabled. The town engineer will review the equipment.
Water and sewer adjustment
A letter from a New Harbour Road resident, seeking a water and sewer tax adjustment, was tabled.
The adjustment was granted in accordance with the town’s policy for water and sewer on vacant properties.
Council accepted a motion by councillors Jewer and Smith to buy a new computer from Custom Solutions for the office for $699 plus HST (installation extra).
Council granted approval in principle for David Lundrigan of Lundrigan Holdings Ltd. to operate a restaurant with pub/lounge at the former Seaview Café location.
Mayor John Drover, deputy mayor Tony Menchions and councillors Sheri Collins, Eric Jewer, Calvin Noseworthy, Brenda Seymour and Wayne Smith attended the Feb 8 meeting.