Broader role for Yetman in Bay Roberts
Longtime councillor named deputy mayor
It’s the same song and dance for Town of Bay Roberts elected official Walter Yetman, but set to a new tune.
The longtime councillor accepted the nomination for deputy mayor at the swearing in of the new council in Bay Roberts on Oct. 8.
Nominated for the position by Coun. Wade Oates and seconded by newcomer Dean Franey, Yetman said holding the deputy mayor’s position comes with a new set of demands and responsibilities.
Among those responsibilities, the deputy mayor finds himself a member of the town’s executive, along with Mayor Philip Wood and chief administrative officer Nigel Black.
There is also the planning and delivering of the town’s 2014 operating budget, traditionally done in December.
“I’m up to the challenge,” said Yetman.
He will be going through his eighth budget with Bay Roberts and is well aware of the process.
Although he has not been a part of the planning process, Yetman feels he is prepared for the task at hand.
“I have a good handle on where we need to be,” he said.
Yetman will also be chairing the town’s planning and development committee, along with serving on the recreation facility committee.
However, he will have to relinquish chair of the green committee, which went to Franey. Yetman said he would try and sit in on green meetings.
“It’s going to be hard letting go of that one,” he said.
Some 30 people squeezed themselves into a cramped Bay Roberts council chamber for the swearing in of the new council.
Starting with the returning Wood and continuing through to the rest of the council, there were plenty of photos taken.
After a short break, it was down to business for the new council.
For the new councillors — Franey, George Simmons and Charlene Dawe-Roach — it was their first foray into municipal politics.
Wood took his time through the proceedings, making sure to stop for any possible questions the fresh faces might have had while also breaking down the processes that make up council.
“They’re interested, they’re outspoken, they’re asking questions and I can see this being a very dynamic council,” said Yetman.
Approved at the council meeting was the layout for the town’s committees.
Councillors are required to serve on one committee during their tenure in office. Here is how it breaks down: • Mayor Philip Wood — executive (chairman), finance (chairman), recreation facility, heritage advisory and the urban municipality committee;
• Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman — executive, finance, planning and development (chairman) and recreation facility;
• Coun. George Simmons — public works (chairman), fire department and municipal enforcement;
• Coun. Wade Oates — recreation and special events;
• Coun. Dean Franey — planning and development and green;
• Coun. Charlene Dawe-Roach — cultural foundation, tourism and economic development and wetlands;
• Coun. Bill Seymour — public works and 50-plus club.
Country Road plans
Simmons did not take long to make his mark in his first council meeting. He tabled a motion to address the traffic problems facing Country Road.
Speeding and a greater volume of traffic have been a problem on the road since construction started on the Conception Bay Highway in Bay Roberts a couple of years ago.
That construction has since finished, but those problems still remain.
The motion would see a three-way stop being placed at the intersection of Country Road and Sawdust Road.
Simmons said this would require additional signage that alerted the public of the impending stop.
Also a part of the motion, the councillor suggested the painting of “stop” on the road, as well as rumble strips leading up to the intersection.
“We have to try and slow down the speed, because it’s getting out of control in there,” said Seymour.
Bay Roberts approved four more houses at the Oct. 8 meeting, bringing the total for 2013 to 51.
New Bay Roberts councillor Dean Franey (centre) was joined at the swearing in ceremony by his two daughters, Dawn (left) and Bridgette (right).
The new Bay Roberts council was sworn in on Oct. 8. Members of the new council are: front (l-r) — town clerk Christine Bradbury, Mayor Philip Wood, Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman and chief administrative officer Nigel Black; back — councillors George Simmons, Bill Seymour, Charlene Dawe-Roach, Wade Oates and Dean Franey.
Walter Yetman was named the deputy mayor in Bay Roberts at the swearing in of the new council on Oct. 8.
Bay Roberts councillor Wade Oates.