Busi­ness get­ting eas­ier in Bay Roberts


Prospec­tive small busi­ness own­ers in Bay Roberts will now have an eas­ier time dis­cov­er­ing what paths they should take on the way to eco­nomic bliss.

Last week, the town launched its part­ner­ship with national busi­ness tool Biz­pal.

“It’s go­ing to make it eas­ier to do busi­ness in Bay Roberts,” said Bay Roberts eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ron De­laney.

Biz­pal is an online ser­vice that pro­vides per­mit and li­cence in­for­ma­tion to en­trepreneurs who want help start­ing or grow­ing their busi­ness.

“It is a guide to find out what doors are opened for you,” said De­laney. “It is go­ing to save time and money.”

What is more im­pres­sive about the ser­vice is that it is a free ser­vice for peo­ple want­ing to get their busi­ness off on the right foot.

With the launch, Bay Roberts be­came the first com­mu­nity on the Bac­calieu Trail to take ad­van­tage of the ser­vices Biz­pal can pro­vide the res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity.

“It would be a one stop shop for in­for­ma­tion if they want to start a busi­ness,” said De­laney. Car­bone is com­ing Coun­cil ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion for Car­bone’s Den­ture Clinic to oper­ate a fa­cil­ity in the same lo­ca­tion as the Bay Roberts Den­tal Health Cen­tre on the Birch Hills.

Bay Arena pay­ment

Bay Roberts voted in favour of pay­ing the amount of $5,250 to the Bay Arena.

The is­sue caused a lit­tle bit of dis­cus­sion as deputy mayor Bill Sey­mour ques­tioned whether the town should seek out help from the other towns who take ad­van­tage of the Bay Arena’s ser­vices.

“It is to my un­der­stand­ing that a let­ter went out to all the other towns,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Phillip Wood. “So, it’s up to the other towns to make a de­ci­sion, but I cer­tainly know what you are say­ing.”

Wood de­scribed the Bay Arena as “a bless­ing for the town,” and the town would make the re­quested pay­ment.

“I’m not say­ing any­thing against the Bay Arena,” said Sey­mour. “I just think we should get some money for it.”

Fire con­sti­tu­tion sent back

A new Bay Roberts Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade con­sti­tu­tion was tabled at coun­cil, with the re­sult not what was ex­pected.

In­stead of pass­ing the new code, coun­cil voted to have it sent back af­ter some con­fu­sion broke out over the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a new ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing the vot­ing for fire chief.

Sey­mour said he was told by the fire chief that if a vote re­sults in a tie there will not be a sec­ond vote; in­stead, it will be brought straight to coun­cil for a res­o­lu­tion.

“The doc­u­ment says that if there is a tie, the name will be drawn out of a hat and brought to coun­cil,” said Wood.

The is­sue was tabled un­til coun­cil could have the is­sue sorted out.

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