One voice for 13 towns
CBN Joint Councils speaks on behalf of all municipalities in region
After three unsuccessful attempts at attracting enough members to form a quorum for an annual general meeting, CBN Joint Councils hit pay dirt in Victoria last week.
Seventeen mayors and councillors representing seven of the 13 towns which make up the municipal group turned out at the Victoria town hall Feb. 24 to elect a new executive.
There was no election for the chairman’s post as Coun. David Moore Jr. of Clarke’s Beach is continuing into his second year of a two-year term as chairman.
Brigus town clerk Wayne Rose conducted the election of officers, which saw Coun. Aubrey Rose of Victoria returned as vice-chair. Lisa Rodgers, who was elected to the Salmon Cove town council in January, will serve as secretary and Coun. David Murphy of Harbour Grace will fill the treasurer’s role.
Coun. Vivian Hiscock of Victoria will represent the association on the board of M-RON (Mariner Resource Opportunities Network). All were elected by acclamation.
Aside from the election, there was no set agenda for the meeting and no minutes to be adopted.
Members talked about the need to generate more interest in the fledgling organization, especially attendance at regular meetings, which are held on the last Thursday of each month.
Coun. George Butt of Carbonear, who attends meetings regularly, observed some towns appear to be dedicated to the association, while others don’t show up at meetings.
Encouraging member towns to keep the lines of communication open with Joint Councils, Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore suggested individual councils should “ touch base with the ( Joint Councils) executive and let them know what’s on the go.”
Member towns were also encouraged to suggest agenda items for Joint Councils meetings, and the executive was encouraged to make copies of the agenda available to member towns in advance of the meetings to help generate interest and boost attendance.
As a lobby group speaking with one voice on behalf of all its member towns, Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade asserted, “ this is a very important organization.”
One of the issues Slade would like to see the group tackle is that of the need for compensation for damages caused by storm surges from the sea.
The issue has been a pet peeve of Slade’s since late December when sustained sea surges took out part of a sea wall along the town’s beach and caused other public infrastructure and private property damage.
While the provincial and federal governments have compensation programs for damages caused by rain and wind storms on land, like Tropical Storm Chantal and Hurricane Igor, apparently there are no such programs to cover damage caused by heavy seas.
“ Somebody got to tell me what the difference is between these two types of storms,” he said.
The mayor said this is not only a Carbonear issue, but should be of concern to all other towns bordered by the sea.
With federal election fever in the air, Victoria Mayor Art Burke suggested this would be a good time to contact Senator Fabian Manning and ask him to meet with Joint Councils on this issue.
As mayor of the only inland town in the CBN region, Burke joked, “ if we get a sea in here, I pity our neighbours.”
Salmon Cove Mayor Nathan Graham says he’s looking forward to hosting CBN Joint Councils’ next monthly meeting set for March 31.
Members of the CBN Joint Councils new executive are from left: David Moore Jr, Clarke’s Beach, chairman; Aubrey Rose, Victoria, vice-chair, Lisa Rodgers, Salmon Cove, secretary, David Murphy, Harbour Grace, treasurer and Vivian Hiscock, Victoria, Joint Councils’ representative on M-RON.