New enforcement officer gets green light from council
The Carbonear town council has approved an application for the municipal enforcement officer’s position.
Council’s hiring committee had recommended the applicant for the job.
The motion to approve the applicant for hire, which had been passed at a June 6 privileged meeting, was ratified at last week’s regular public meeting held June 20.
Council would not disclose the identity of the successful candidate because the person had not officially accepted the town’s offer.
The new enforcement officer will replace Ron Gallant, who retired from that position earlier this year after 13 years on the job.
The new officer will be responsible for enforcing all municipal regulations and policies, including animal control.
Deputy mayor Ches Ash told council a small section of Clarke’s Road damaged by Hurricane Igor last September is still in need of some minor repairs.
Council was aware of the damage, but apparently there was some question as to whether or not the damaged area may be on private land as part of a driveway.
The area in question is at the west end of Clarke’s Road near a parking lot for a private business.
Council had already used a lot of Class A stone to repair Clarke’s Road, but apparently the repairs stopped about 50-60 feet short of the end of the road.
Maintaining the area in question is “not on private property,” Ash said. “ If it was a private road, I wouldn’t even bring up the matter. I’m not talking about constructing a road. I’m not talking about going on private property,” the deputy mayor said. “But for the sake of a couple of hours work and half a load of Class A.”
Mayor Sam Slade agreed: “ The cost would be very minimal and I don’t see why it can’t be done.”
Council also agreed a motion was not necessary to have the work carried out. They asked operations and public works director Brian O’Grady to check it out, and do the repairs using up to a load of Class A, if necessary.
Search and rescue
Council passed a motion that a letter be writen to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, calling upon the federal government to reverse the decision to close the St. John’s Search and Rescue Centre.
Mayor Sam Slade, who is also a fisherman, said the issue came in for lengthy discussion during a recent regional meeting of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL).
Mayor Slade said the importance of maintaining the search and rescue centre was brought home over the weekend.
“ We lost one of our local lobster fishermen,” Slade said, referring to an Ochre Pit Cove fisherman who was drowned when his boat overturned off Bear’s Cove, Harbour Grace the day before, Sunday, June 19.
“I think it’s very important for us as a town to send a message, loud and clear, that this is not about money. It is about lives, and minutes mean lives.”
According to the federal government, the Newfoundland and Labrador region has the highest portion of distress incidents in all of Canada. The St. John’s rescue centre alone annually responds to approximately 500 incidents involving almost 3,000 people.
Seniors’ apartment complex
Council approved an application to develop a four-unit seniors’ apartment complex at 75 Adelaide Street.
The approval is “subject to no objections to the discretionary use ad published, ... and the applications meeting all other requirements of the Carbonear municipal plan and development regulations.”
The permit is also contingent on other approvals from the provincial government.
Coun. Ed Goff noted the town has approved almost $3 million worth of building permits so far this year.
Council had approved 12 new housing starts up to June 20, compared to 13 ($2.5 million in permits) up to the same date last year. Non-compliance orders Council has authorized the town’s administrative staff to proceed to lay charges for any non-compliance of orders issued by council.
The motion covers orders such as cleanup, demolition and any other orders issued by council.
Anyone who receives a council order is usually given 30 days to comply before council proceeds to Step 2, which is the laying of charges.
During discussion of the issue, councillors agreed staff should have the authority to proceed with charges without having to bring the case back to council for approval, which only serves to delay the process.
Coun. Ed Goff wanted to know, “ when do we expect the tourism department to be open” for the season?
Deputy mayor Ash said he understood the town’s tourist attractions would be open by July 1.
Town administrator Cynthia Davis told council they were hoping to have everything open by July 4. Referring to the Railway Station, the Rorke Store and the Old Post Office, Davis said, “it was my understanding we would open all of them at the same time.”
Barely a quorum
Just enough members were at last week’s meeting to constitute a quorum.
Aside from Coun. Gladys Mercer, who has been granted a six-month leave of absence, councillors George Butt and Betty Forward were also absent from the June 20 meeting, leaving Mayor Sam Slade, deputy mayor Ches Ash and councillors David Kennedy and Ed Goff to make up the quorum.
Council has now recessed from its regular schedule of meeting on the first and third Monday of each month. During the summer months, meetings will be held at the call of the chair.