Hear­ings to re­sume af­ter train­ing is com­plete: Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

CEN­TRAL, N.L. – Af­ter more than a year de­funct, as a re­sult of in­suf­fi­cient mem­bers, the Cen­tral Re­gional Ap­peal Board is back in place.

The De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs stated five mem­bers were ap­pointed to the board May 10.

The new mem­bers are chair­per­son Stephen Bur­bridge, William Carter, David Ox­ford, Ger­ald Thomp­son and Barry John Thom­son.

“The board cur­rently has eight ap­peals to be heard,” read an is­sued state­ment from Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs. “The de­part­ment is mak­ing ar­range­ments for train­ing for new mem­bers and dates for ap­peal hear­ings will be sched­uled when train­ing is com­plete.”

The board had been de­funct since March 2017, when only one out of the five board seats was filled. A min­i­mum of three board mem­bers are re­quired to carry out a re­view.

Glover­town Mayor Doug Churchill was one of sev­eral cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­nity lead­ers call­ing for the board to be re­in­stated.

“These ap­peals were left un­touched, noth­ing was hap­pen­ing and any­thing of any significance has been held up for more than a year,” he said. “So, it’s great to hear that they are go­ing to set up again.”

His mu­nic­i­pal­ity had been

wait­ing more than a year for an ap­peal hear­ing sur­round­ing the place­ment of a pro­posed ware­house at the Glover­town Ma­rina.

The wait for an ap­peal was so long the lo­ca­tion of the ware­house was changed and built else­where on the prop­erty.

Churchill was un­sure if the Glover­town ap­peal was still be­ing up­held, but, if so, the hear­ing would bring some clo­sure to the mat­ter.

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