Catching up with council
The Marystown town council met on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
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.
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.