Har­bour Grace con­firms sta­dium site

Wa­ter and sewer plans for area on hold un­til af­ter elec­tion

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The new sta­dium in Har­bour Grace will be on Jamie’s Way.

Even though there has not been an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment by the provin­cial govern­ment, the new site lo­ca­tion was men­tioned by a coun­cil­lor dur­ing a town coun­cil meet­ing on Aug. 25.

Town of­fi­cials are hes­i­tant to an­nounce where ex­actly it will be on Jamie’s Way at this point in time be­cause Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Kevin O’Brien will be for­mally an­nounc­ing it in t h e com­ing weeks . T h e an­nounce­ment is ex­pected to in­clude a sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony.

The town coun­cil sug­gested Jamie’s Way when it be­gan dis­cus­sions with both the provin­cial govern­ment and neigh­bour­ing towns last Novem­ber, and it ap­pears the com­mit­tee that was put in place in April to help de­ter­mine the lo­ca­tion has agreed.

It was men­tioned in the meet­ing that it will not be just an arena, but rather a recre­ation com­plex, fea­tur­ing an in­door walk­ing track, mul­tipur­pose room and two ice sur­faces, if funds per­mit.

Some sug­gest hav­ing such a fa­cil­ity in the area could cre­ate in­ter­est for new busi­nesses and de­vel­op­ment to open their doors close by.

De­vel­op­ment in the area

Coun. Wen­dell Hunt did not ap­pear con­cerned about the lo­ca­tion, rather he had an is­sue with wa­ter and sewer.

“I be­lieve we need to look into wa­ter and sewer in the ( Jamie’s Way) area for ex­pan­sion,” he stated.

His con­cerns were raised un­der the idea that the new sta­dium will have a septic sys­tem in­stalled, which he said would be quite a bit of work to main­tain.

He pas­sion­ately raised con­cerns about busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area, lo­cated just off Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial High­way, and how not in­stalling wa­ter and sewer lines would lead to prob­lems with growth and ex­pan­sion for the town.

“If we don’t put in the wa­ter and sewer, then it will cost busi­nesses to in­stall it them­selves,” he ex­plains, adding the added cost will de­ter po­ten­tial growth to the area.

Hunt be­lieves Har­bour Grace may “fall be­hind in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment” in the com­ing years, not­ing Bay Robert s , C a rbon­ear and Spa­niard’s Bay have all dis­cussed the idea of busi­ness parks, with two al­ready in the works.

“It was men­tioned to me about mer­can­tile de­vel­op­ment in the area of the new rec plex,” he said. “And we are just let­ting it go.”

To in­stall wa­ter and sewer to the po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment site near the Vet­er­ans will cost some $3.1-mil­lion, a price Hunt be­lieves is worth the in­vest­ment.

Mayor Don Coombs agreed that it is some­thing that should be looked into, but should not be taken out of the sta­dium fund­ing or they may have to down­grade the fa­cil­ity.

“We’ll have to wait un­til De­cem­ber,” Coombs said in a phone in­ter­view with The Com­pass. “When we can ap­ply for cap­i­tal works projects, we will look at de­vel­op­ment for 2014 and add it to our list.”

Coombs also noted it should be fol­lowed up on by the new coun­cil, to be elected on Sept. 24.

Other mu­nic­i­pal news

Har­bour Grace con­tin­ues to see res­i­den­tial growth, with the ap­proval of six dwellings on Aug. 25, with one be­ing the first lot from the new Alec Moores Court.

There were also two build­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions de­nied due to zon­ing is­sues on Musquito Point Road in Bris­tol’s Hope.

“The Town of Har­bour Grace will al­low for an ap­peal of th­ese two cases, but the area has been zoned ru­ral,” Coombs said. “There will have to be a pub­lic meet­ing, of course, but that is in their right. And if they de­cide to go ahead and have the area re­zoned, that is up to them.”

A stop work or­der was to be is­sued to an­other lot.

Coun­cil ex­plained that a dwelling was be­ing built and ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits were not ap­plied for. Also, the build­ing is be­ing con­structed in the same ru­rally zoned area.

Elec­tions

Mean­while, all but one mem­ber of the cur­rent coun­cil have con­firmed they will have their name on a bal­lot Sept. 24.

Wal­ter Walsh has an­nounced he will not be run­ning again due to health is­sues.

The town will hold its nom­i­na­tions on Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

S.W. Moores open­ing

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Fall Fair will be tak­ing place at the S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium from Sept. 26-29. That will be the fi­nal event be­fore the be­gin­ning of win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties at the rink.

There will be a hockey camp tak­ing place on Oct. 9, and fol­low­ing the camp the sta­dium will be open for mi­nor hockey.

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