Bay Roberts set to explore Bay Arena options
Town gives thumbs up to pool fundraising
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.
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
The Town of Bay Roberts will explore the options available for increased involvement in the Bay Arena.