Broader role for Yet­man in Bay Roberts

Long­time coun­cil­lor named deputy mayor

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Swear­ing in

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.

Com­mit­tee break­down

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.

Hous­ing sta­tis­tics

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.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

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.

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