Town considers buying Shearstown Lions Club
Option available to purchase at no cost to Bay Roberts
The Town of Bay Roberts has agreed to rent the Shearstown Lions Club at the low cost of $1 for a full year. In taking on full responsibility for the building, the municipality will look to see whether it’s in the town’s best interests to purchase the building at the same price.
The Town of Bay Roberts has agreed to rent the Shearstown Lions Club at a cost of $1 for one year, with an option also on the table for the municipality to purchase it.
According to a letter sent to the town last December, a meeting was held Nov. 29, 2016, with all club members present voting to offer the building to the town. Sam Wells, governor for District N4m for the Lions Club of Newfoundland and Labrador, also attended the meeting.
When the issue was first brought up at its Dec. 13 public meeting, council decided to get its recreation committee and town lawyer to review the proposal.
The bottom line with the Shearstown Lions Club is they, like many other volunteer organizations, are having problems with membership.
— Mayor Philip Wood
At the March 14 council meeting, recreation director Ian Flynn recommended giving the proposal a trial run through a rental agreement. He noted there are still some land issues that need to be investigated further, and the one- year rental would give the town a chance to assess the building’s potential without fully committing to ownership.
“That allows us time to work on the land issues, work on determining the true cost of any repairs that are needed to be done to the building, and it will allow the Town of Bay Roberts … to figure out if it’s a viable option that we can even use the building on a regular basis over a (oneyear) period,” Flynn told council members at the meeting.
“The bottom line with the Shearstown Lions Club is they, like many other volunteer organizations, are having problems with membership,” Mayor Philip Wood told The Compass in an interview last week. “They are finding it more difficult to keep up the building and to keep it going as it relates to heat and light, insurance and doing different functions.”
If the town decides a year from now it wants to purchase the building, it will be able to do so at a cost of $1. The hope would be it could serve as a venue for town events or even generate some revenue through bookings.
“The building obviously is older now, and we want to have a look at the building to see the extent — what repairs will need to go into it and all of those kinds of things,” said Wood.
The rental agreement comes into effect April 1.
The Town of Bay Roberts will take over the Shearstown Lions Club for at least the next year, with the option there for the town to purchase the building if it suits the municipality’s needs.