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Grand Bank coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - SUMMER FESTIVAL - BY PAUL HERRIDGE

Grand Bank coun­cil met on Monday, Aug. 15. Cat co­nun­drum con­tin­ues

Mayor Rex Matthews said the prob­lem of stray and feral cats in the town has be­come too much to han­dle.

“We’re tak­ing dozens and dozens of cats out of the sys­tems and there’s dozens and dozens more cats re­bound­ing back there,” he said.

Deal­ing with one cat can cost hun­dreds of dol­lars when all ex­penses are fac­tored in, the mayor said.

He pro­posed a meet­ing of coun­cil mem­bers to dis­cuss the lo­gis­tics of a new strat­egy.

“There’s no way we can keep go­ing at the rate (we are). We’ll be broke on cats,” he said.

House a haz­ard

A di­lap­i­dated house on Bayview Place has be­come an on­go­ing con­cern.

Coun­cil is weigh­ing its op­tions as the prop­erty has ap­par­ently been aban­doned.

The town is plan­ning to in­ves­ti­gate whether the build­ing can be re­moved for safety rea­sons.

Town man­ager Wayne Bolt said he would meet with the town’s fire chief and the De­part­ment of Health, and re­port back to coun­cil at the next meet­ing.

The house is fall­ing down, Bolt said.

Mayor Rex Matthews said the town will need to build a case and con­sult with its lawyer be­fore de­mol­ish­ing the build­ing, and ex­pressed con­cern about tax­pay­ers hav­ing to foot the bill.

“We just can’t go in without know­ing what the con­se­quences are,” he said.

Dis­cov­ery started

The dis­cov­ery process over the in­sur­ance claim for the mu­nic­i­pal cen­tre is un­der­way.

Mayor Rex Matthews, re­cre­ation di­rec­tor/fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Tom Bur­ton and town clerk Cathy Fol­lett tes­ti­fied un­der oath ear­lier this month.

A date has yet to be sched­uled for town man­ager Wayne Bolt’s tes­ti­mony, the last wit­ness from the town’s side.

The mu­nic­i­pal cen­tre suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age from ma­jor leaks in the roof in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

The dis­cov­ery will de­ter­mine whether the dis­pute will go to trial or if a set­tle­ment can be reached, Matthews said.

Solid sea­son for theatre

The Grand Bank Re­gional Theatre wrapped up the sum­mer with its fi­nale on Satur­day.

Coun. Stan Burt, who rep­re­sents coun­cil on the theatre’s board of di­rec­tors along with Deputy Mayor Clay­ton Welsh, said the sea­son has been a strong one.

“At­ten­dance has been re­ally great,” Burt said.

Town man­ager Wayne Bolt said five of the eight din­ner the­atres of­fered this sum­mer sold out.

“I’d say we’ll triple the at­ten­dance from last year,” he said.

Levi Cur­tis was brought in as the artis­tic di­rec­tor for the 2016 sum­mer sea­son and the theatre placed an in­creased em­pha­sis on community.

Pool clo­sure

Thurs­day was the last day of op­er­a­tion this sea­son for the Grand Bank Swim­ming Pool.

Mayor Rex Matthews said he had spo­ken with re­cre­ation di­rec­tor Tom Bur­ton and was told the fa­cil­ity had an av­er­age year.

Matthews said, how­ever, there were a lot of pos­i­tive com­ments about the pool’s pro­grams.

Whether the pool will open next year re­mains a ques­tion mark at this point. The fa­cil­ity is in need of sig­nif­i­cant up­grades. The town has ap­plied for fund­ing un­der the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, a com­po­nent of the New Build­ing Canada Plan, which in­volves the cost shar­ing of in­fra­struc­ture projects by all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

Matthews said he has fol­lowed up and the ap­pli­ca­tion is go­ing through the sys­tem.

Sum­mer fes­ti­val

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors of­fered up con­grat­u­la­tions to the Spe­cial Events com­mit­tee for the ef­fort put into this year’s sum­mer fes­ti­val.

Coun. Stan Burt was among them and pointed out the group is com­prised of mostly new mem­bers.

“Peo­ple worked a lit­tle harder this year, I think, but it went fairly smoothly,” he said.

Mayor Rex Matthews was pleased over­all with the fes­ti­val but said there were chal­lenges.

A meet­ing will be held in the near fu­ture to dis­cuss whether any im­prove­ments can be made or if changes are nec­es­sary, he said.

“It’s get­ting pretty tough for the num­ber of vol­un­teers that we had,” he said.

New bar­be­cue ap­proved

Coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to in­vest in a new in­dus­trial bar­be­cue at an ap­prox­i­mate cost of $750.

Coun. Bruce War­ren pro­posed the pur­chase, point­ing out the town’s bar­be­cue is old and dated.

A bar­be­cue is a ne­ces­sity for many town events and func­tions, Mayor Rex Matthews said, ad­ding he had heard com­plaints from work­ers about the cur­rent equip­ment.

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