Business park expanding?
Proponents for the proposed Veterans Memorial Business Park in Spaniard’s Bay appear to be interested in expanding its plans for development, judging from a request made to council at its May 16 meeting.
Council received a request to purchase 160 acres of Crown land located between Long Pond and Round Pond along Route 73 through the Tilton barrens. The Compass later confirmed that the request came from representatives for the development.
Brad Roberts, who is the driving force behind the project, told The Compass last summer that the project could create 2,000 jobs within 10 years.
Council has asked that those making the request for Crown land come back to council with more details about their intentions. Council must give its approval to the purchase before a transaction can be made with the provincial government.
Upper Island Cove Mayor George Adams has voiced his support for the proposed Veterans Memorial Business Park, so long as it does not impact his town’s water pressure.
In a letter to council, Adams wrote that his community does not want to see its water pressure decrease due to the demands of the multi-million-dollar development.
Spaniard’s Bay and Upper Island share a water supply.
Council has asked the public works committee to look into a request from the recreation committee for more streetlighting at a playground in Tilton.
The request came from recreation committee co-chair Clarence Noseworthy. The committee said such a move could increase usage of the playground in the evening, while also deterring others from looking for a dark place at night to hang out.
Deputy Mayor Tony Menchions reported to council that over a dozen applications have been received for the town’s new planning and development technician job. He said the committee looking after the hiring would soon go over the resumes and sort through the qualifications of the candidates.
Amongst the job holder’s responsibilities will be writing reports and grant applications.
The town office will now be operating under summer hours until Sept. 6. It will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.