Town endorses stadium project
Two councillors oppose multi-million-dollar project
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.