Town en­dorses sta­dium project

Two coun­cil­lors op­pose multi-mil­lion-dol­lar project

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Town of Har­bour Grace has de­cided to ac­cept a fund­ing ar­range­ment with the provin­cial govern­ment to build a new arena in the town.

The mo­tion was passed at an Oct. 24 priv­i­leged meet­ing, which fol­lowed last week’s reg­u­lar pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing.

But the de­ci­sion was not a unan­i­mous one, with coun­cil­lors Wen­dell Hunt and David Mur­phy vot­ing against the mo­tion. Mayor Don Coombs, Deputy Mayor Terry Barnes and coun­cil­lors Joan Short, Al­bert (Bud) Chafe and Wal­ter Walsh voted in favour.

The arena fund­ing is­sue was on the agenda at the pub­lic meet­ing, but Hunt said “a lot more dis­cus­sion is needed” be­fore he could reach a de­ci­sion.

Mur­phy told The Com­pass af­ter­wards there’s been con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment into the 50-plus-year-old S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, in­clud­ing a new roof and arena boards and glass. He doesn’t be­lieve a new fa­cil­ity is nec­es­sary, say­ing, “the old sta­dium in Har­bour Grace is as good as any other (new) sta­dium around.”

He’s also con­cerned about the cost to lo­cal tax­pay­ers. He doesn’t be­lieve the town, with a bud­get of $2.5 mil­lion, can af­ford to fi­nance the pro­posed new fa­cil­ity.

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