More re­gional talks planned

Har­bour Grace to host meet­ing about pro­posed re­gional arena

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with the Town of Har­bour Grace have plans to host an­other meet­ing with mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers from neig­bour­ing towns this week to dis­cuss the con­cept of a re­gional sta­dium.

The meet­ing is set for July 4, but of­fi­cials say it is not open to the pub­lic.

At the meet­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will have their chance to speak their mind on the pro­posed fa­cil­ity, whether they will be giv­ing their sup­port and any fab­ri­ca­tion ideas that they may have in mind.

All of this will be tak­ing place as Har­bour Grace and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment con­tinue to look at the top three pro­pos­als for a pri­mary con­sul­tant for the pro­ject, ac­cord­ing to town man­ager Lester For­ward.

“The con­sul­tant will sit down with the town to dis­cuss de­sign and site se­lec­tion,” he said. “This is just Step 1 in the process.”

While the win­ning pro­posal will be for the pri­mary con­sul­tant, For­ward said there is a chance there could be more con­sul­tants hired for the pro­ject.

The names of the three pro­pos­als that ranked the high­est for the town are still un­known, with Har­bour Grace want­ing to wait un­til they could meet with the other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion be­fore re­veal­ing them.

The town also has to send off a let­ter to gov­ern­ment de­tail­ing their se­lec­tion and then await gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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