Catch­ing up with coun­cil

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE TC ME­DIA

The Marys­town town coun­cil met on Tues­day, Dec. 20.

Schol­ar­ships awarded

The two re­cip­i­ents of the town’s an­nual schol­ar­ships have been se­lected.

Moya Spencer re­ceived the Dr. Ch­ester Har­ris Schol­ar­ship based on aca­demic achieve­ment.

Laura Tar­rant re­ceived the Mary Hod­der Schol­ar­ship for a com­bi­na­tion of aca­demic achieve­ment and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Moya, a daugh­ter of Doreen and Al Spencer, is study­ing engi­neer­ing at Memo­rial Univer­sity.

Laura, the daugh­ter of Shel­ley Tar­rant, is in her first year at Memo­rial. Both schol­ar­ships are val­ued at $500.

Mayor op­poses in­voice pay­ment

Coun­cil ap­proved an­other pay­ment to Goss Gil­roy Inc. for hu­man re­sources con­sult­ing ser­vices re­lated to harassment claims.

The amount of the most re­cent in­voice was $55,933.13.

Mayor Sam Sy­nard voted against the mo­tion, say­ing the town has paid the com­pany ap­prox­i­mately $200,000 and he still hasn’t seen a terms of ref­er­ence.

Town to re­im­burse res­i­dent

A res­i­dent on Hol­lett’s Road will be re­im­bursed half of the cost associated with re­pairs made to their prop­erty as a re­sult of wa­ter is­sues.

Pub­lic works com­mit­tee chair­man Coun. Leonard Pittman said it was later de­ter­mined the town was re­spon­si­ble.

The amount to be re­im­bursed is $810.80.

New date for in­cor­po­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tion

Tourism and spe­cial events com­mit­tee chair­woman Coun. Dar­lene Lafosse Blag­don an­nounced the new date for the town’s 65th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tion.

The event will be held at St. Gabriel’s Hall on Fri­day, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.

Ap­pli­ca­tions re­jected

Coun­cil re­jected a quarry ap­pli­ca­tion from Rogers Farm and Green­houses Ltd.

The com­pany had iden­ti­fied an area one kilo­me­tre west of Span­ish Room for the devel­op­ment.

Among the rea­sons for re­jec­tion, plan­ning and devel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­woman Coun. Lisa Slaney said the devel­op­ment was con­trary to reg­u­la­tions un­der the min­eral work­ing zone.

Res­i­dent Ge­orge Gouz­varis also had an ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected to re­open a mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­pair garage at 823 Ville Marie Dr.

The rea­son cited for re­jec­tion was the devel­op­ment is a non­con­form­ing use in a res­i­den­tial zone.

Plan­ning and devel­op­ment con­trol di­rec­tor Alje Mitchell said Gouz­varis had pre­vi­ously op­er­ated a garage at the site but sent a let­ter to coun­cil in 2006 in­form­ing the town the busi­ness no longer ex­isted.

He will be ad­vised he may ap­ply to have the prop­erty re­zoned.

Grieg grub­bing more land

Grieg NL Nur­saries Ltd. was given ap­proval to grub five more lots of land in the marine in­dus­trial park.

The com­pany is look­ing to re- move any un­suit­able ma­te­ri­als from the sites.

It was noted the work will be done at no cost to the town.

Sup­port for Re­lay of Life

Tourism and spe­cial events com­mit­tee chair­woman Lafosse Blag­don is en­cour­ag­ing more teams to sign up for the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety’s Burin Penin­sula Re­lay for Life.

All funds raised dur­ing the event stay in New­found­land and Labrador, sup­port­ing Daf­fodil Place and other ini­tia­tives, she pointed out.

Since it opened, 270 res­i­dents of the Burin Penin­sula have stayed at Daf­fodil Place for a to­tal of 2,992, Lafosse Blag­don said.

Res­i­dents of the re­gion have also been pro­vided with 150 prac­ti­cal sup­ports – items such as wigs and pros­thet­ics.

Lafosse Blag­don noted there were just 11 teams for this year’s event but the event still man­aged to raise a con­sid­er­able sum.

No­tice of mo­tions

Sy­nard stepped out of the mayor’s seat to file three no­tices of mo­tion for the next coun­cil meet­ing on Jan. 10.

The first in­volves grant­ing ac­cess to re­sumes for new hires to elected of­fi­cials with the town.

The sec­ond will re­quest the 2015 Come Home Year Com­mit­tee to pro­duce fi­nan­cial state­ments for the event.

Lastly, Sy­nard said he will move a mo­tion for Marys­town coun­cil to re­lease all harassment re­ports in­volv­ing town coun­cil­lors and staff.

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