New home for Har­bour Grace town hall

Coun­cil con­firms move into for­mer Sco­tia­bank prop­erty

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

The town hall build­ing on Wa­ter Street in Har­bour Grace is go­ing on the mar­ket, and staff and coun­cil­lors will re­lo­cate to a dif­fer­ent site down the road.

At the town’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing Wed­nes­day, Jan. 7, Coun. Tony McCarthy con­firmed the roof is be­ing re­placed on the for­mer Sco­tia­bank build­ing. The sin­gle­storey, 3,000 square foot build­ing is about 100 feet from the cur­rent town hall, and will re­place it once ren­o­va­tions are com­plete.

A ten­der closed Dec. 29, with the suc­cess­ful bid­der be­ing Bear’s Cove Con­tract­ing. Its bid was $18,000 plus taxes. The town will sup­ply the ma­te­ri­als for the project.

Work was sup­posed to be­gin on the project Mon­day, Jan. 5. But after an un­ex­pected de­lay, it may not start un­til Jan. 12.

Other renos needed

Dur­ing the meet­ing, each coun­cil­lor and staff mem­ber in attendance had ac­cess to sev­eral sets of lay­out plans. Those plans were for the new town hall.

Copies of the draw­ings were not made avail­able pub­licly dur­ing the meet­ing, but The Com­pass did get to see a copy of one of the plans.

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors con­firmed after the meet­ing there were sev­eral rea­sons they de­cided to move to a new lo­ca­tion.

“This build­ing is just not ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­one,” McCarthy ex­plained.

The cur­rent town hall is a two­s­torey struc­ture with a steep stair­case to the up­stairs coun­cil cham­ber.

“Many

older

res­i­dents

can’t at­tend meet­ings be­cause they can’t go up those stairs,” Coun. Kathy Tet­ford added.

The Sco­tia­bank build­ing has been closed for over a decade, but was given to the town. The only stip­u­la­tion for own­ing the struc­ture is that an au­to­mated teller ma­chine (ATM) re­main in the foyer.

“That’s not Tet­ford said.

A date for mov­ing into the build­ing has not been de­ter­mined yet, since there is still a lot of work to do. But some coun­cil­lors in­di­cated the cur­rent town hall will go up for sale once the move hap­pens.

There has been talk of in­cor­po­rat­ing town of­fices into the new sta­dium once it is built. Although it is un­likely to hap­pen right away, McCarthy and Tet­ford con­firmed that is still an op­tion for fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tion.

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Mean­while, the town now has in writ­ing what it’s look­ing for in the search for its next staff mem­ber — an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor.

A call has been made for ap­pli­ca­tions to be sub­mit­ted for some­one with an im­pres­sive re­sume.

Over the past year, Har­bour Grace has wit­nessed the clo­sure of one of Con­cep­tion Bay North’s most prom­i­nent busi­nesses, Terra Nova Shoes, but also ben­e­fit­ted from growth at Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises. The new co­or­di­na­tor is ex­pected to main­tain the growth of business, tourism and part­ner­ships in the town to “di­rect our eco­nomic growth for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

De­tails on the po­si­tion can be found in sec­tion B of The Com­pass. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted to the town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, Lisa Car­roll, by Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

HAIRE, Mary C. — Passed peace­fully away sur­rounded by her loving fam­ily at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day, Jan­uary 3, 2015, Mary C. Haire of Har­bour Grace, age 92 years. Pre­de­ceased by her hus­band: Wil­liam J. ‘Bill’ (2003); loving daugh­ter: Betty Pem­broke (2011); par­ents: John and Theresa Hann; sis­ter: Clara; brothers: Tom, Johnny, Paddy and Joe. Left to mourn, chil­dren: Pa­trick ‘Paddy’ ( Jean), Alice ( Jim) Par­miter, Florence Haire Sut­ton, Gre­gory (Deb­bie), Mar­ion Haire Penney, Wil­liam ( Jo-Anne) and Stephen (Michelle); twenty grand­chil­dren; twenty-three great-grand­chil­dren; sis­ter: Kay Langille; car­ing neigh­bours: Irene and Jenny; spe­cial men­tion: Pa­trick, Fabian and Bob; also a large num­ber of nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and friends. Rested at Noel’s Fu­neral Home, Har­bour Grace. Fr. Wil­liam Pearce con­ducted the Fu­neral Mass on Tues­day, Jan­uary 6 from St. Joseph’s Ro­man Catholic Church, River­head, Har­bour Grace. In­ter­ment took place in the Ro­man Catholic Ceme­tery, Har­bour Grace. Do­na­tions in her mem­ory may be made to the Ro­man Catholic Ceme­tery Fund, P.O. Box 299, Har­bour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0. Fu­neral ar­range­ments were en­trusted to Noel’s Fu­neral Home, Har­bour Grace. Please visit www.noels­fu­ner­al­home.com to sign the memo­rial guest book.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

The for­mer Sco­tia­bank build­ing on Wa­ter Street in Har­bour Grace will tran­form into the new coun­cil of­fice in the com­ing months.

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