Har­bour Grace coun­cil notes

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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.

Sta­dium news

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.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Town of Har­bour Grace will write gov­ern­ment a let­ter ask­ing about the fu­ture of the old court­house build­ing.

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