Sta­dium contract to be awarded

Talks on re­gional fa­cil­ity likely to re­sume this week, says Har­bour Grace mayor

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The Town of Har­bour Grace is re­view­ing six con­struc­tion pro­pos­als for the new sta­dium and is cur­rently de­cid­ing on which one to ac­cept.

That de­ci­sion was ex­pected to be made at a meet­ing with provin­cial govern­ment of­fi­cials on June 18, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Don Coombs.

“It’s in the last hands of govern­ment now,” he said last week.

The mayor said once the de­ci­sion has been made, the is­sue will be brought back to the mu­nic­i­pal level for more meet­ings with his fel­low mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers in the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion. That meet­ing might oc­cur some­time this week. “The towns are go­ing to be in­formed of what we’re do­ing,” said Coombs.

The new sta­dium has been a hot but­ton topic in the CBN re­gion since the an­nounce­ment of close to $20 mil­lion in fund­ing last year.

Coombs said the process sur­round­ing the con­struc­tion of the sta­dium has been “to­tally dif­fer­ent” from what he thought it would be.

While Cooms de­clined to comment on a pos­si­ble timeline for when work will be­gin on the new rink, he would in­di­cate that “things are look­ing good” for the con­struc­tion of what would be the re­place­ment of the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium.

As for a lo­ca­tion, Coombs said the town still has its sights on putting the new build­ing on Jamie’s Way, the road lead­ing into Har­bour Grace from the Veter­ans Memo­rial High­way.

Re­gional idea

Coombs said there have been talks of mak­ing the new fa­cil­ity a re­gional one.

“I think if this is go­ing to work, it’s go­ing to have to be a re­gional fa­cil­ity,” he said.

Last month, the town held two meet­ings with of­fi­cials of towns from Bri­gus to Salmon Cove to dis­cuss the sta­dium and the chance of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties sup­port­ing a re­gional fa­cil­ity.

Coombs said the re­sponse has been favourable.

Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs.

Car­bon­ear town coun­cil­lor David Kennedy said he has not heard any­thing new on the sta­dium in about a month.

“It seems that Har­bour Grace is in­ter­ested in com­plet­ing the project by them­selves as they are pro­gress­ing step-by-step on their own,” he said in an email. “To me this is best kind be­cause all I am in­ter­ested in is bring­ing the fa­cil­ity in our area.”

Bri­gus has since stated that it will not be sup­port­ing the new fa­cil­ity when it is built.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Com­pass file photo

There are still plans to use this site on Jamie’s Way in Har­bour Grace for the pro­posed new sta­dium.

Com­pass file photo

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