Mayor’s Corner: Ramea
Clyde Dominie talks Canada Day celebrations, sea wall damages and potential for aquaculture projects
Mayor Clyde Dominie discussed Ramea’s Town Council matters with The Gulf News:
Canada Day Celebrations
Ramea received $680 from the federal department of Canadian Heritage to provide a Canada Day Celebration for town residents.
“Every year, for the past x number of years, we’ve gotten this funding,” Dominie explained. “The celebration is operated through our recreation committee and on Canada Day we’ll have games on for kids, a barbecue and a get together for anyone in the community who would like to gather and celebrate Canada Day.”
Damage to sea wall
At the May 7 Ramea Town Council meeting, council members acknowledged there are a number of holes in the sea wall.
“There was a small grade of rock that was put on the top (of the wall) so that a truck — for example a dump truck — could actually drive over the top,” Dominie explained. “Due to the base and main structure of the sea wall being big boulders, after much heavy rain, some of the small rocks on top trickled on down to be among the big boulders at the bottom.
“That’s the nature of the holes; it’s not holes in the walls, in the structure — like into the sides — that’s not what the issue was.”
Dominie said council was told that was to be expected.
“We haven’t had anyone to view it but pictures were sent to the department in that regard,” he said. “It’s not unsafe, but we are advising people not to walk on the top. It wasn’t meant to be walked on.”
Town officials have contacted the Department of Municipal Affairs, through the Corner Brook office, and are waiting for an inspector to assess the damage.
“We would have liked to have seen someone to come respond in a more vigorous way,” Dominie said, “just to see it for themselves.”
The pictures council sent of the holes to Municipal Affairs indicate that the holes are not a big concern.
“We’ll have games on for kids, a barbecue and a get together for anyone in the community who would like to gather and celebrate Canada Day.” — Clyde Dominie
“It was expected to happen to some degree and of course it doesn’t affect the structure of the wall,” the Mayor said.
Potential aquaculture projects
Two aquaculture companies have been in touch with council to possibly set up shop in the area.
“There are two aquaculture groups in the picture right now,” Dominie confirmed. “Green Island Salmon, they’ve been in this region last couple of years.
“I spoke to Mike Rose within the last couple of weeks, and they are thinking of trying to get to Ramea before the end of June to meet again.”
The other interested company Ramea Mayor Clyde Dominie
is Northern Harvest.
“It’s one of the major companies,” Dominie said. “They’ve expressed an interest over the next four to five years to be working west of Bay D’espoir, and coming up as far as Ramea.”
Dominie said they’ve had one initial meeting so far on a conference call.
“They have not come into town yet, but they certainly have plans for the future,” he said.