For­mer mayor re­turns to New Per­li­can coun­cil

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It was mu­sic to the ears of sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers as they lis­tened to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Eastern Re­gional Ser­vice Board (ERSB) dis­cuss what they’re pre­pared to do for towns with fire de­part­ments serv­ing un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­ni­ties.

Lo­cal politi­cians were in Car­bon­ear last Thursday for the monthly meet­ing of the Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cil. The prob­lem for some towns in that re­gion re­volves around col­lect­ing fees for fire pro­tec­tion — it isn’t al­ways so easy.

ERSB has leg­isla­tive au­thor­ity to col­lect those fees on a town’s be­half and is on the cusp of es­tab­lish­ing its first for­mal agree­ment to do so.

Given they’re al­ready in­voic­ing many of th­ese prop­erty own­ers for garbage col­lec­tion through Eastern Waste Man­age­ment, ERSB is well po­si­tioned to col­lect the full fee.

This week, the board is set to vote on a pro­posed agree­ment with the Town of Holy­rood that would see ERSB col­lect fire fees from res­i­dents of Deer Park and Vineland Road.

“We have about nine com­mu­ni­ties that are wait­ing for this con­tract to be ap­proved at our next board meet­ing and are ready to go,” said Ken Kelly, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer for the board.

ERSB will ap­ply an ad­min­is­tra­tive fee to home­own­ers, with the town re­ceiv­ing the full orig­i­nal charge for fire pro­tec­tion. In the event a home­owner doesn’t pay up, ERSB will look to take the mat­ter to court.

“You’re not go­ing to be able to charge any more than what you’re charg­ing on a per unit ba­sis for your own town,” said Kelly. “But at the end of the day what’s go­ing to hap­pen is this out­side group — who have been hap­haz­ardly pay­ing at best, that you’ve been ob­li­gated to cover — is go­ing to pay. And that cheque will come from (ERSB) on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

An in­creased like­li­hood of get­ting what a town ex­pects to re­ceive from un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas will pay div­i­dends for the fire de­part­ments, Kelly added.

“What this is about is get­ting money to the fire de­part­ments so you have sus­tain­able rev­enue streams to do what you need to do — pay for train­ing, buy bunker gear, put fuel in the truck,” he said. “You’re not wor­ried about that fi­nan­cial as­pect and you’re com­pen­sated for what you’re do­ing.”

Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear, Har­bour Grace and towns served by the Bay de Grave Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment are cur­rently serv­ing un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas, and mul­ti­ple coun­cil mem­bers from those com­mu­ni­ties at Thursday’s meet­ing sug­gested they’d be in­ter­ested in ERSB’s ser­vice.

Kelly also threw a lit­tle bit of shade on ex­pand­ing mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries to take in un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas for the sake of ex­tra tax dol­lars.

“I would be very care­ful go­ing down that road,” he said. “Ask the City of St. John’s how much pain it’s en­dured for the ex­ten­sion of its bound­aries to the Goulds, where they’re now pro­vid­ing wa­ter and sewer at a huge cost be­cause it’s af­ter-the-fact. Ask them about Vir­ginia Park. Ex­tend­ing your bound­aries comes with a huge im­pact. There might be a lit­tle bit of money at the front end, but at the other end is your in­fra­struc­ture is now go­ing to be ex­tended. Your op­er­a­tions have got to be ex­tended.”

A for­mer mayor of New Per­li­can has de­cided to make a re­turn to the coun­cil cham­bers.

Linda Moyles, who was re­elected to coun­cil in 2013 but later re­signed, re­turns by ac­cla­ma­tion as the lone can­di­date to put her name for­ward

What this is about is get­ting money to the fire de­part­ments so you have sus­tain­able rev­enue streams to do what you need to do — pay for train­ing, buy bunker gear, put fuel in the truck. Ken Kelly

ear­lier this month for a po­ten­tial by­elec­tion.

For­mer coun­cil mem­ber Kevin Roberts re­cently re­signed due to work com­mit­ments. He first joined coun­cil a year ago fol­low­ing the death of Linda Gosling and res­ig­na­tion of Steve Fudge.

Moyles placed sec­ond in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion to cur­rent mayor Wil­liam Matthews. All coun­cil can­di­dates ap­pear on the same bal­lot in the Trin­ity Bay com­mu­nity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear held its in­stal­la­tion of of­fi­cers for the year 2016-2017 on Thursday, Nov. 3. Pic­tured, from the left, is di­rec­tor Gerry Carr, pres­i­dent-elect John Col­bourne, Ki­wa­nis pro­vin­cial Lt.-Gov. John Trend, past-pres­i­dent Bob Wheadon, pres­i­dent Roma Ab­bott, sec­re­tary Gary Myr­den, trea­surer Frank Parsons, di­rec­tor John Dunne, vice-pres­i­dent Eric Snow and di­rec­tor Milt Peach. Miss­ing from photo are di­rec­tors Ted Strick­land, Dr. Ai­dan Drover, and Dave Gill. Ki­wa­nis is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion whose fo­cus is “Chang­ing

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Eastern Re­gional Ser­vice Board chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Ken Kelly, pic­tured stand­ing, says if the board ap­proves an agree­ment this week with the Town of Holy­rood to col­lect fire pro­tec­tion fees in un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas, there will be sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties ready to set up sim­i­lar ar­range­ments.

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