Full agenda

Jammed-packed agenda war­rants sec­ond meet­ing for Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DENISE PIKE

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.

Sewer block­age

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.

Bills

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.

Her­itage AGM

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.

Do­na­tions

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.

Cap­i­tal works

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.

Chlo­ri­na­tion plant

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.

Com­puter

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).

Per­mits

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.

At­ten­dance

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.

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