Busi­ness park ex­pand­ing?

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

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.

Wa­ter pres­sure

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.

Light­ing re­quest

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.

Re­sumes in

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.

Sum­mer hours

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.

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