Harbour Grace council notes
Historic courthouse’s future
The future of the historic Harbour Grace courthouse was discussed at Harbour Grace’s town council meeting on Jan. 10.
According to the council, MHA Pam Parsons suggested the town write a letter to Minister of Transportation and Works Al Hawkins and Assistant Deputy Minister Joe Dunford requesting that Newfoundland Public Works Department assess the courthouse to see whether it is a feasible for the town to maintain the building.
“We’re all, as a council, (are) very concerned about our heritage buildings within the town,” said Coun. Gordon Stone. “We’re very interested in partnering with federal and provincial governments as well as private citizens and investors to try and bring those buildings into function again, but we’re also a realistic council, and we know the millions of dollars that it takes is something that is going to be difficult to come by in today’s economy.”
Last year, Hawkins told The Compass government classifies the 186-year-old building as a surplus property, adding it’s highly likely the province will eventually put it on the market.
A report prepared for government in the summer of 2015 suggested some walls are at risk of collapsing inward.
An internal review involving government engineers indicated the cost of repairs would likely be in the millions, according to Hawkins.
Prior to its closure at the end of 2015, the courthouse was the oldest public building in use across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Council passed a motion to apply a $1-million grant for the town of Harbour Grace from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to the Danny Cleary Community Centre.
This grant brings the town’s payout for the facility down to $2.8 million from $3.8 million.
A motion was also passed that council form a small, fourperson committee to work alongside stadium staff and management to ensure the stadium is running smoothly. This committee will also keep council in tune to the day-today activities and needs of the stadium. This motion will mean that all previous stadium committees will be dismissed.
The committee will consist of two council members and two community members agreed upon by council.
School snow clearing
Council discussed the need to address a safety issue at St. Francis School. Snow clearing has resulted in mounds of snow being deposited near the school’s entranceway, leaving little room for students and parents to safely enter the school area.
The Town of Harbour Grace will write government a letter asking about the future of the old courthouse building.