Interviews start next week
New arena manager for Harbour Grace will soon be in place, says mayor
Coombs estimated it could run around $14 million to complete.
The mayor said he has already received an expression of interest from someone interested in purchasing the old stadium building. And, he added, the old town hall would also become available as a business opportunity for someone on Water Street, once the town office moves to its new headquarters.
Asked where the facility will be located, Coombs said he couldn’t say because the site selected involves some privately owned and some Crown land. All he would say is that it is located within the town boundaries, in an area that would be accessible to serve the region.
Meanwhile, Coombs said the town has reached a verbal agreement on a new contract with the Teamsters Union local, which represents six workers at the stadium.
The workers have been without a contract since the end of September, and the new two-year agreement was reached after two or three weeks of negotiations, according to the mayor.
While the stadium workers’ new contract involves some wage increases, Coombs said he was not at liberty to release any details until both parties have signed the agreement.
The collective agreement with the town’s outside workers, represented by a different local of the Teamsters, expires Dec. 31. The mayor said negotiations for a new contract for the town council workers are ongoing and he hopes they will run as smoothly as the stadium workers’ negotiations did.