Steady progress on sta­dium

Har­bour Grace coun­cil to des­ig­nate con­sul­tant next week

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

It would ap­pear like the Town of Har­bour Grace is set to fi­nal­ize the pri­mary con­sul­tant for the pro­posed new sta­dium in the town.

It is ex­pected that at the July 16th coun­cil meet­ing, the con­sul­tant on the up to $21 mil­lion pro­ject will be fi­nal­ized.

Once the con­sul­tant has been ac­cepted by coun­cil, a let­ter will be prepared and sent to the Governme n t of New­found­land and Labrador for fi­nal ap­proval, ac­cord­ing to Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs.

The name of the win­ning firm will not be known un­til the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has signed off on the se­lec­tion.

Once that has been com­pleted, the town can be­gin to ham­mer out

“The need is there in the area and I look for­ward to mov­ing the pro­ject

ahead.” — Don Coombs

some of the de­tails sur­round­ing the build­ing of the sta­dium.

The de­tails were the top­ics of dis­cus­sion at a re­gional joint coun­cil meet­ing held last week in Har­bour Grace at the coun­cil cham­bers.

Coombs said that there were four towns in at­ten­dance for the meet­ing, two less than what showed up at the orig­i­nal meet­ing be­tween the towns.

Town’s in at­ten­dance to dis­cuss the idea of the re­gional fa­cil­ity were Har­bour Grace, Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear and Vic­to­ria.

“I thought the meet­ing was pretty pos­i­tive,” said Coombs.

With the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing, Coombs said the other may­ors in at­ten­dance — Sam Slade, Philip Wood and Arthur Burke — will be tak­ing what they learned last week to their re­spec­tive coun­cils for a closer look at the is­sue.

Coombs said one of the main is­sues that was on the minds of his con­tem­po­raries was how the town would pro­pose cost-shar­ing the pro­ject.

“They wanted to know how we would set that up,” he said.

Coombs said it is also up to the other coun­cils con­cern­ing the is­sue of it be­ing a re­gional fa­cil­ity.

“If they de­cide they want it to be a re­gional fa­cil­ity, well then, we’ll bring in the bankers, mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs and the chaps ap­pointed to the file and move for­ward,” he said.

The process sur­round­ing the sta­dium is still a grow­ing one, ac­cord­ing to Coombs.

There were no fi­nal de­ci­sions placed on de­sign and lay­out or what would be ben­e­fi­cial to the area.

“Do you want a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity that can hold con­certs?” said Coombs. “That’s some of the things we spoke of.”

Walk­ing away from the meet­ings, Coombs said he can see that the re­gional co-op­er­a­tion is there for the pro­ject.

“The idea is there … lets get this and get it go­ing,” he said.

“The need is there in the area and I look for­ward to mov­ing the pro­ject ahead.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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