Steady progress on stadium
Harbour Grace council to designate consultant next week
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.”