Fa­mil­iar face in mayor’s chair in Bay de Verde

Big in­fra­struc­ture plans for next four years in com­mu­nity of 400

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Mem­bers of the newly in­stalled coun­cil in the Town of Bay de Verde on the North Shore of Con­cep­tion Bay met ear­lier this month to se­lect their mayor and deputy mayor.

Ger­ard Mur­phy, an ele­men­tary school ad­min­is­tra­tor, has earned his fifth con­sec­u­tive term on coun­cil with the high­est num­ber of votes – 168.

Mur­phy will lead the coun­cil in the mayor’s chair, the same place he has sat for the past 14 of his 16 years on coun­cil. He spent a yearand-a-half as the deputy mayor af­ter a by­elec­tion be­fore be­ing named mayor.

Louis Keats, who has been a coun­cil­lor for three prior terms, has un­seated Gor­don Coish for the deputy mayor’s po­si­tion. He earned 141 votes to Coish’s 92, to­tals enough to earn them both a seat.

Keats and Coish were both nom­i­nated for the po­si­tion, but Keats came out on top with four votes to three af­ter a se­cret bal­lot.

Keats is cur­rently a board mem­ber for the Har­bour Au­thor­ity in Bay de Verde, a town of some 400 peo­ple.

Mur­phy told The Com­pass Oct. 29 he and Coish had a good re­la­tion­ship on coun­cil, but is sure he will work well with the new deputy mayor.

There were sev­eral plans in dis­cus­sion prior to the elec­tion among coun­cil, and Mur­phy ex­pects they will soon be­come a re­al­ity.

“We have worked to­wards a strong, pos­i­tive, fis­cal sit­u­a­tion,” he ex­plained, not­ing the town was nearly bank­rupt dur­ing his first years on coun­cil.

Some ex­pected goals are to ad­min­is­ter wa­ter and sewer to the re­main­ing 25 per cent of the town that are cur­rently on sep­tic sys­tems, up­grad­ing and resur­fac­ing roads and be­gin­ning dis­cus­sion with shell fish processors and the har­bour au­thor­ity about re­duc­ing a pun­gent smell that is be­ing pro­duced and trapped in­side the har­bour.

“There are some sig­nif­i­cant air qual­ity is­sues for those who live (near the har­bour) in the com­mu­nity,” Mur­phy says, “I would imag­ine tox­i­c­ity lev­els would be high in that en­vi­ron­ment.”

Other mem­bers of the new Bay de Verde town coun­cil in­clude Ger­ard Brod­er­ick, Juanita Emberley, Karl Coish and Dean Pot­ter.

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