Bay Roberts set to ex­plore Bay Arena op­tions

Town gives thumbs up to pool fundrais­ing

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

As the sched­uled re-open­ing date of the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts inches closer, the town’s coun­cil is set to ex­plore its op­tions re­gard­ing the ag­ing fa­cil­ity.

At the Jan. 26 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn told coun­cil­lors the recre­ation com­mit­tee rec­om­mends the town be­gin ex­plor­ing what op­tions are avail­able to them with re­gards to the sta­dium.

When the floor was opened for dis­cus­sion, Coun. Bill Sey­mour ques­tioned whether more in­volve­ment meant the town as­sumes own­er­ship of the Bay Arena mov­ing for­ward.

While own­er­ship may be one of the even­tual op­tions, Flynn said that would come af­ter meet­ings be­tween the town and the board that runs the arena.

“That could be one of the op­tions at the end of the day,” said the di­rec­tor. “There are nu­mer­ous ways for the town to be in­volved, but I think the next step in this is to meet with the board and see what their con­sen­sus is on that.”

This dis­cus­sions comes af­ter the town tabled a let­ter from the Bay Arena mi­nor hockey ex­ec­u­tive sug­gest­ing it might be more ef­fec­tive for the town to take over the sta­dium in light of the re­cent com­pli­ca­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by the arena.

It’s been shut down since early De­cem­ber af­ter an elec­tri­cal fire broke out at a panel in the re­frig­er­a­tion plant. The arena is sched­uled to open Feb. 15.

Get­ting go­ing

Flynn was a busy man at the coun­cil meet­ing last week. On top of the Bay Arena rec­om­men­da­tion, the recre­ation com­mit­tee sought the goa­head from coun­cil to be­gin fundrais­ing for the pro­posed aquatic and recre­ation fa­cil­ity. The town ap­proved the re­quest.

It would serve as the even­tual re­place­ment for the decades old Lions Swim­ming Pool ad­ja­cent to As­cen­sion Col­le­giate.

In late De­cem­ber, the town re­ceived the de­sign plan for the fa­cil­ity, which could be built in a two phases on top of a site se­lected near Amal­ga­mated Academy. That would also put the new pool in close prox­im­ity to the planned re­place­ment for Coley’s Point Pri­mary.

“It’s quite the build­ing that we are look­ing at propos­ing,” said Flynn. “We have a tremen­dous amount of ground work done ... We have done what gov­ern­ments in the past have asked of us so they know what we want.

Mod­u­lar class­room for Coley’s Point

With full-day kinder­garten on the hori­zon for pri­mary school in this prov­ince, Bay Roberts took steps last week to pre­pare Coley’s Point Pri­mary for the change.

The town ap­proved the in­stal­la­tion of the class­room for the cramped fa­cil­ity, en­abling it to han­dle the ex­tra stu­dents.

Bay Roberts fire depart­ment names of­fi­cers, ex­ec­u­tive

Dur­ing its bi­en­nial meet­ing held at the fire hall on Wa­ter Street, the depart­ment filled seven of­fi­cer po­si­tions and seven ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions. The term of th­ese po­si­tions is two years.

Adam Nor­man went un­chal­lenged and re­turns to the po­si­tion of Fire Chief for the brigade. Doug Mercer, who re­turns as the as­sis­tant chief, will join him. Mercer served the pre­vi­ous two years in the same po­si­tion.

The rest of the of­fi­cers breaks down as such:

• Philip Nor­man — Fire Cap­tain;

• Ge­off Roach — Res­cue Cap­tain;

• Travis How­ell — First Lieu­tenant;

• Glenn Brad­bury — Se­cond Lieu­tenant;

• Richard Shep­pard — Chief Op­er­a­tor;

Once the of­fi­cers were in place, the elec­tion of the ex­ec­u­tive fol­lowed in short or­der. Travis How­ell was named the ex­ec­u­tive’s pres­i­dent, while Richard Shep­pard was elected to the post of vice pres­i­dent.

Mark Tibbo was named sec­re­tary and Robert Sey­mour comes on as the group’s trea­surer.

Mean­while, Si­las Bad­cock, Jimmy Newell and Rod­ney Reid were named di­rec­tors

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

The Town of Bay Roberts will ex­plore the op­tions avail­able for in­creased in­volve­ment in the Bay Arena.

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