Around the council table
Grand Bank council briefs
The Grand Bank town council met on Monday, Dec. 5. Wharf reconstruction contract
A contract for the first phase of the wharf reconstruction project in Grand Bank has been awarded to RJG Construction Ltd. for $5.6 million.
Mayor Rex Matthews said the town was informed of the decision during a teleconference with Bill Goulding of Small Craft Harbours on Nov. 3.
Town manager Wayne Bolt said there was quite a difference in the five tenders that were received. The highest was over $11 million, he said.
Matthews said he wasn’t sure when the project would start but noted the work is supposed to be completed by March 2018.
Contract change for outside workers
Council approved a request to change the town’s contract for outside workers relating to family leave.
Matthews said the adjustment is a matter of a minor amendment in wording.
“The most ( time) you can get (off) is three days,” he said. “Most of our people will get probably one, one and a half days. It’s not a significant increase but it’s consistent.”
The change brings the contract in line with management staff and pool employees, town clerk Cathy Follett said.
Increased scholarship funding
One of the positives to come out of the town’s recent municipal budget for 2017 was more scholarship funding for students at John Burke High School.
Matthews said in previous years the town sponsored a single $500 scholarship.
For next year, however, three more $500 scholarships have been approved, he said.
The town recently met with John Burke principal Lee Masters, who will bring back recommendations from the high school’s committee on the criteria for awarding the scholarships, the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Matthews said John Burke is also trying to host a provincial leadership conference for students in October 2017 that would bring upwards of 500 youth from across Newfoundland and Labrador to the area.
Council agreed to support the school’s efforts to bring the event to the region.
“It think it would be a real boost for our school and for our community of Grand Bank and Fortune,” Matthews said.
Impressed by the ‘Y’
Matthews and recreation director Tom Burton toured the new recreation complex in Marystown operated by the YMCA recently.
The mayor said he was impressed by the facility and the staff – some of whom are from Grand Bank, he noted – calling it a good addition to the Burin Peninsula.
“I’m telling you, that is a state-of-the-art facility, and if anyone has got the privilege to use it, they’re lucky people,” he said.
Parking lot noise complaint
Coun. Stan Burt said he recently received a call from a resident regarding the parking lot at the Provincial Seaman’s Museum.
“I think there’s a gathering of young people happening down there, and there’s a lot of noise, screeching of tires,” Burt said.
A one time a chain at the entrance to the museum prevented anyone from entering the area when the facility was closed. The obstacle is no longer used, however, possibly due to safety or fire concerns, Follett said.
The town plans to raise the issue with museum staff and the RCMP.
The town had a successful year hosting various events, including Canada Day and Remembrance Day, Burton acknowledged.
“I think a lot of it is due to the fact that it’s never status quo,” he said. “We’re always trying to improve, which I think we need to keep that in mind because status quo doesn’t cut it no more.”
Some preparatory work is being done inside the swimming pool to repaint the building and give it a facelift, Burton said.
“Some of the posters or signage was dated, so that’s being removed and is going to be replaced,” he said.
Burton said hopefully the result will be a brighter, livelier and more user-friendly facility.