Between a rock and a hard place
Bay Roberts council awaits court decision in long-standing land dispute
are also available at the town hall. • Daycare centre approved: A motion by Coun. Mercer, seconded by Coun. Yetman to approve an application for a day care centre at 14 Bay Shore Estates was approved.
However, the motion did not pass without some debate over some issues and concerns that had been raised. Apparently, the concerns had more to do with competition than land use.
“It’s not for us to say who can survive or not survive,” said Coun. Gerald Greenland. Littlejohn agreed. But Coun. Bill Seymour wasn’t convinced council should be approving every business application it receives.
“If we had 100 applications for car lots, would we approve all of them?” he asked.
“ Why would we not want to promote new business in our town?” Littlejohn responded. “ If all the car lots thought they could create employment and generate business, the mayor could see nothing wrong with that.”
Referring to the daycare centre applicant, Littlejohn noted, “she feels there is an opportunity here. When these people come forward … we’ve got to believe they’ve already done their own homework.”
Besides the concerns expressed, deputy mayor Philip Wood noted council had also received a petition in favour of the application.
In making his motion, Mercer suggested, “we don’t consider these (competition) issues when approving new businesses.” • Attendance: Mayor Glenn Littlejohn, deputy mayor Philip Wood, and councillors Clarence G. Mercer, Gerald Greenland, Walter Yetman, Melvin Walsh and Bill Seymour.